“He’d never wanted Dylan to see that he still mourned their old relationship, thought about him all the goddamned time.“
In a word: Read the thing. This is novella-length so it was a fairly quick read, which was both good and bad, I suppose. Good because it was a fast read for the little space of time I had to read it in; bad because I felt like there could’ve been more to the whole story and some things felt a bit rushed. Cary and Dylan knew and loved each other as teenagers, but their romance was over before it quite began due to the toxic environment they were forced to live in (they both had horrible parents, and at the time Dylan was nineteen to Cary’s fifteen, which complicated things even further). Dylan enlisted in the army and Cary went off the rails a bit. Six years later they’re both in a more stable place in life and Dylan is ready and willing to give their love a second chance. Cary is a bit more reluctant. Dylan really hurt him when he left, and he still hasn’t quite gotten over it. Dylan had his reasons for leaving, but he does show up back in Bluewater Bay and acts as if Cary will welcome him back with open arms. That’s one of the things I didn’t really like about this story: Dylan’s attitude. Considering what was going on six years ago, Dylan leaving was probably for the best, although he definitely could’ve gone about the whole thing in a better way. The fact that he expected that Cary wouldn’t hold any of that against him was fairly annoying and didn’t really speak well to his character. The two of them do get there in the end, but with the speed it happened in it didn’t really sit right with me. Cary spends a lot of the story angry with Dylan, as well he should, but he’s also still in love with him and that makes it hard to stay angry. That whole situation with his current ‘boyfriend’ also made me side-eye him. Really I think the whole thing was a bit too short for everything that was happening. Dylan is trying to win Cary back in the present day, but for the most part it seems to be only with sex, and I don’t think we ever really get a complete picture of all that went down before Dylan joined the army. I really could’ve used a lot more establishing information, and a lot more groveling on Dylan’s part.
The Summary: (from Goodreads) Cupid is visiting Bluewater Bay, and he’s leaving chaos in his wake.
Nothing’s been the same in this sleepy little logging town since Hollywood came to shoot the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing—especially Valentine’s Day.
In L.A. Witt’s Just Another Day, beloved actors Levi Pritchard and Carter Samuels have an announcement for their fans, while in Z.A. Maxfield’s I’ll Be There, actor Spencer Kepler and his boyfriend Nash Holly brave a blizzard and a fan convention to spend their first February the 14th together.
Of course, it’s not just TV stars celebrating the day. In Anne Tenino’s Helping Hand, an aspiring artist eager to escape Bluewater Bay decides he just might have a reason to stay: lust-inspiring logger Gabriel Savage. In S.E. Jakes’s No Easy Way, a local teacher reconnects with an old lover working security on the film set. And in Amy Lane’s Nascha, a Bluewater Bay elder recalls how his own unconventional family used to celebrate the holiday.
Real life may be nothing like TV, but when Cupid comes to town, there’s plenty of romance and drama to go around.