24 February 2015

Bluewater Bay Spotlight #2!

 Nash is the reliable one in the Holly family, the guy everyone counts on to keep things going. His genius twin brother is off at university, so Nash runs the family’s auto repair business and cares for his partially-paralyzed little sister while his crackpot father invents. His life seems mapped out for the foreseeable future, however much that might chafe.

So when Wolf’s Landing actor Spencer Kepler-Constantine lands in his life, Nash is ready for a diversion. Spencer is in the middle of a very painful, very public divorce and isn’t ready for a relationship—not that Nash wants one. But they both need a friend, especially one with benefits.

As they grow closer, Nash starts to see his family in a whole new light. Do they really need him so badly? Or does he simply need to be needed? Then Spencer’s ex reappears with a grand romantic gesture, and Nash has to figure out what he wants—and how to get it—before Spencer’s gone for good.
What can you say when a book makes you laugh out loud several times and adore not just the main characters but the secondary characters as well? I’m loving Bluewater Bay so far – but this one? Absolutely, fantastically wonderful. And I’m catching on that there are a few ‘must have’s as far as what the authors needed to include in this series: Bluewater Bay, Wolf’s Landing, and cars. The other three I’ve read all had shiny, expensive vehicles and believe me this one does to. But it has an addition – an entire family whose names are fashioned after cars. Nash, Shelby, Healey…are you getting the beat?

I adored Nash. He’s fun, quirky, and truly wants to help. The date he took Spencer on to the local game place was adorable. Spencer was the least drawn main character so far, but I still got him. His ex Peter was quite a piece of work, along with the mother of Peter’s soon-to-have child. But Bast and Tik totally get 2 thumbs up for best supporting characters. Seriously – I want sidekicks like that. Add in Nash’s inventor dad, teenage sister who wants a little freedom, and his twin the genius who is at college, and the entire cast of characters was a delight.

Hurry to Bluewater Bay. Seriously. Before the wolves take over ;)

Z. A. Maxfield started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back.  Pathologically disorganized, and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. Three things reverberate throughout all her stories: Unconditional love, redemption, and the belief that miracles happen when we least expect them.

If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four can find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”
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Hunter Easton is screwed. Fans, producers, and his agent are all chomping at the bit for the next book in his wildly popular Wolf’s Landing series, but he’s got epic writer’s block and is way behind deadline. Then he reads The World Tree, a fanfic novel by his online friend “Lone Wolf.” It isn’t just a great story—it’s exactly what the series needs.

Kevin Hussain is thrilled when “Wolf Hunter” wants to meet up after reading The World Tree. When Wolf Hunter turns out to be Hunter Easton himself, Kevin is starstruck. When Hunter tells him he wants to add The World Tree to Wolf’s Landing, Kevin is sure he’s being pranked. And when their online chemistry carries over—big time—into real life, Kevin is convinced it’s all too good to be true.

The problem is . . . it might be. The book deal, the sex, the money—everything is amazing. But fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Kevin is left wondering if Hunter really loves him, or just loves his book.
Okay, so if you’ve read my other reviews for Bluewater Bay, I loved Book 1 StarStruck, Book 2 There’s Something About Ari was okay, and, err, I’m out of order because I thought this was #3 and read it before the actual #3 Hell on Wheels. That said, each of these books can be read as a standalone. But if you’re like me? By the third book you read, you’ll be thinking, “Okay, so when does Wolf’s Landing come out. I so want to read this series. Gabriel and Max are practically real to me now. I want their stories!”

That said, let me say that I loved Lone Wolf. The online friendship that develops between Wolf’s Landing author Hunter Easton, aka Wolf Hunter, and Kevin Hussein aka Lone Wolf, one of his fans/fanfic authors. This book also deals with having one’s dreams come true only not be able to handle them once they do. I think Mr. Voinov handled both their relationship and the overwhelming emotions Kevin had very well. Hunter, though…sometimes he just felt like a two-dimensional character. Kevin’s fears were just and much of them were caused by Hunter’s words and yet emotion-wise, I just never got that Hunter truly cared for Kevin throughout the book. Yes, he made a good booty call and the kind had saved his butt with the new book, but I wish I had been able to ‘feel’ him fall in love. Instead, the most overwhelming area was Kevin dealing with insta-fame.

This story still gets 4 stars, though, because I couldn’t stop reading once I started. I found the sex scenes a bit overdone and to be honest, yawn inducing by fifth or tenth, but the storyline was fantastic. After all, what author doesn’t dream of having a manuscript they’ve slaved over suddenly make them a 7-figure advance? And the emotions Kevin went through as all his dreams came true and shattered all at once were heart-wrenching. And the ending? I won’t tell you what it was,  but let’s just say, it made me go “Ahhhhhhh.”

And now I’m going to have to check out Mr. Voinov’s other works.
 After breaking his arm on set, Wolf’s Landing stuntman Ginsberg Sloan finds himself temporarily out of work. Luckily, Bluewater Bay’s worst B&B has cheap long-term rates, and Ginsberg’s not too proud to take advantage of them.

Derrick Richards, a grizzled laid-off logger, inherited the B&B after his parents’ untimely deaths. Making beds and cooking sunny-side-up eggs is hardly Derrick’s idea of a man’s way to make a living, but just as he’s decided to shut the place down, Ginsberg shows up on his doorstep, pitiful and soaking wet, and Derrick can hardly send him packing.

Not outright, at least.

The plan? Carry on the B&B’s tradition of terrible customer service and even worse food until the pampered city-boy leaves voluntarily. What Derrick doesn’t count on, though, is that the lousier he gets at hosting, the more he convinces bored, busybody Ginsberg to try to get the B&B back on track. And he definitely doesn’t count on the growing attraction between them, or how much more he learns from Ginsberg than just how to put out kitchen fires.



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