A Few Good Fish (Fish Out of Water #3) by Amy Lane

A tomcat, a psychopath, and a psychic walk into the desert to rescue the men they love…. Can everybody make it out with their skin intact? 
PI Jackson Rivers and Defense Attorney Ellery Cramer have barely recovered from last November, when stopping a serial killer nearly destroyed Jackson in both body and spirit.
But their previous investigation poked a new danger with a stick, forcing Jackson and Ellery to leave town so they can meet the snake in its den.
Jackson Rivers grew up with the mean streets as a classroom and he learned a long time ago not to give a damn about his own life. But he gets a whole new education when the enemy takes Ellery. The man who pulled his shattered pieces from darkness and stitched them back together again is in trouble, and Jackson’s only chance to save him rests in the hands of fragile allies he barely knows.
It’s going to take a little bit of luck to get these Few Good Fish out alive!

I hate to admit this, but I’m WAY behind in my reviews. So far behind, that I didn’t realize that I hadn’t reviewed A Few Good Fish until I had finished Fish on a Bicycle. Yikes! That’s what happens when you get wrapped up in a series, but it’s still no excuse. *sigh*

Anyway… A Few Good Fish picks up a little while after the end of Red Fish, Dead Fish. Jackson is still recovering after stopping a serial killer nearly cost him everything. Now they need to follow a new trail that’s connected in a terrifying way to the same case.

As with all the books in the Fish Out of Water series, there is little or no down time. Even though they have to leave town to stop this new threat, that doesn’t mean they’re in this fight alone. A few new and interesting characters come to their aid and eventually add to their ever growing support system. It’s a lot for Jackson to take in at first, but he’s more than grateful when Ellery is the one who ends up needing rescuing.

I love the action and suspense in this series, but I think my favorite part is the sense of family. It grows even more and becomes even stronger by the end of A Few Good Fish. There are big changes and adjustments in store for everyone and I can’t wait to see where those changes take them.

 

Red Fish, Dead Fish (Fish Out of Water #2) by Amy Lane

They must work together to stop a psychopath—and save each other.
Two months ago Jackson Rivers got shot while trying to save Ellery Cramer’s life. Not only is Jackson still suffering from his wounds, the triggerman remains at large—and the body count is mounting.
Jackson and Ellery have been trying to track down Tim Owens since Jackson got out of the hospital, but Owens’s time as a member of the department makes the DA reluctant to turn over any stones. When Owens starts going after people Jackson knows, Ellery’s instincts hit red alert. Hurt in a scuffle with drug-dealing squatters and trying damned hard not to grieve for a childhood spent in hell, Jackson is weak and vulnerable when Owens strikes.
Jackson gets away, but the fallout from the encounter might kill him. It’s not doing Ellery any favors either. When a police detective is abducted—and Jackson and Ellery hold the key to finding her—Ellery finds out exactly what he’s made of. He’s not the corporate shark who believes in winning at all costs; he’s the frightened lover trying to keep the man he cares for from self-destructing in his own valor.

Before I start this review, I need to get a confession out of the way. I read Fish Out of Water, the first book in this series, several months ago. Other than kicking myself for waiting so long to start this series, I’m embarrassed to say, I neglected to write a review – something that I very rarely do – especially with a book that I liked enough to give a five star rating. The good news is that there is still hope that a review for Fish Out of Water will eventually happen because I can definitely see this series landing on my re-read list 😉 Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way….

Red Fish, Dead Fish picks up pretty much where Fish Out of Water ended. Jackson is still recovering and both he and Ellery are trying to track down Owens on their own since they can’t get official help – until it’s almost too late.

There wasn’t much down time in Red Fish, Dead Fish. Owens may have been in hiding, but he was  definitely not taking a break and both Jackson and Ellery, along with anyone close to them were far from safe.

Through the twists, turns, suspense and danger, Ellery and Jackson got even closer – despite Jackson’s reluctance to open up totally.

Needless to say I’m totally in love with this series. So much so that I’ve already picked up the next two books in the series. Stay tuned – I promise to be more responsible as I continue the series. 😉

String Boys by Amy Lane (Bout-of-Books 25 Review)

Seth Arnold learned at an early age that two things in life could make his soul soar—his violin and Kelly Cruz. In Seth’s uncertain childhood, the kindness of the Cruz family, especially Kelly and his brother, Matty, gave Seth the stability to make his violin sing with the purest sound and opened a world of possibility beyond his home in Sacramento.
Kelly Cruz has loved Seth forever, but he knows Seth’s talents shouldn’t be hidden, not when the world is waiting. Encouraging Seth to follow his music might break Kelly’s heart, but he is determined to see the violin set Seth’s soul free. When their world is devastated by a violent sexual assault and Matty’s prejudices turn him from a brother to an enemy, Seth and Kelly’s future becomes uncertain.
Seth can’t come home and Kelly can’t leave, but they are held together by a love that they clutch with both hands.
Seth and Kelly are young and the world is wide—the only thing they know for certain is they’ll follow their heartstrings to each other’s arms whenever time and fate allow. And pray that one day they can follow that string to forever… before it slices their hearts in two.

That description? That doesn’t even come close to the heartbreak that surrounds Kelly and Seth in String Boys. I’m not opposed to angst. Honestly, just about any emotion filled M/M romance has to include some type of angst, but this one? The only reason that this book isn’t getting a solid 5 stars from me is because I couldn’t believe how much this author put these characters through – and I’m not just talking about Seth and Kelly. The whole Cruz/Arnold clan was put through more than most people would survive… but that’s also one of the big reasons I loved this story so much. This wasn’t just Kelly and Seth’s story, this was a story about two families who as a whole, kept each other from falling apart. ❤

It’s amazing how sometimes one event can change things forever. That moment in String Boys was a turning point for everyone, not just Seth and Kelly. It followed them and everyone else for years. The sad part is that not only did those events pull Seth and Kelly away from each other, it took another series of tragic events to bring them back together.

They may have lost time together and both of them had to grow up a lot faster than most kids, but they never really “lost” each other. Their love and devotion toward each other was sometimes the only hope either one of them had. I cherished those moments that they got to share as their story unfolded almost as much as they did.

String Boys is as heartbreaking as it is heart warming. It begins when the boys are in elementary school and follows them to young adulthood. There’s a lot of emotion packed into this one. Some characters redeem themselves and some just dig themselves deeper. My heart broke for Seth as a young boy, but he wasn’t alone, which makes all the difference. Although both families had more than their share of tragedy, they never lost hope – at least not for very long.

Finally reaching their well deserved and long over-due HEA, is almost enough to forgive this author’s torture. Almost. On a side note, after the cameo at the end of String Boys, I’m now moving Red Fish, Dead Fish, which is the second book in Amy Lane’s Fish Out of Water series, up on my reading list. 😉

Freckles (2016 Holiday Charity Bundle) by Amy Lane

freckles_600x900Carter Embree has always hoped to be rescued from his productive, tragically boring, and (slightly) ethically compromised life. But when an urchin at a grocery store shoves a bundle of fluff into his hands, Carter goes from rescuee to rescuer—and he needs a little help.
Sandy Corrigan, the vet tech who helps ease Carter into the world of dog ownership, first assumes that Carter is a crazy-pants client who just needs to relax. But as Sandy gets a glimpse into the funny, kind, sexy man under Carter’s mild-mannered exterior, he sees that with a little care and feeding, Carter might be Super-Pet Owner—and decent boyfriend material to boot.
But Carter needs to see himself as a hero first. As he says good-bye to his pristine house and hello to carpet treatments and dog walkers, he finds that there really is more to himself than a researching drudge without a backbone. A Carter Embree can rate a Sandy Corrigan. He can be supportive, he can be a hero, he can be a man who stands up for his principles!
He can be the owner of a small dog.

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4 adorable stars complete with sloppy puppy kisses.

If you’re looking for a sweet, adorable holiday read – complete with a lovable, irresistible pup, Freckles will most definitely fill the bill.

Carter was a mess, but not as bad as he thought he was. He worked for an unethical jerk who had no conscience. Carter’s conscience was beginning to working overtime however, but he felt guilty and dirty by association. He also did feel worth of someone as sweet and kind as Sandy or as adorable and needy as Freckles.

The first interaction between Sandy and Carter was adorable and Sandy’s initial opinion of Carter was hilarious. I loved the inner voice of both characters actually. Adding Freckles to the mix was just sweet, fluffy icing on the cake. 😉

The supporting characters were great too and as holiday reads go, it was pretty much perfect. Plus, it was part of Riptide Publishing’s Holiday Charity Bundle benefitting the Trevor Project, which is just another great reason to pick it up. The other titles include Glass Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins and Frostbitten by Charlotte Stein.

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Selfie (Bluewater Bay #13) by Amy Lane

Selfie_600x900One year ago, actor Connor Montgomery lost the love of his life to a drunk driver. But what’s worse for Connor is what he still has: a lifetime of secrets born of hiding his relationship from the glare of Hollywood. Unable to let go of the world he and Vinnie shared, Connor films a drunken YouTube confession on the anniversary of Vinnie’s death.
Thankfully, the video was silent—a familiar state for Connor—so his secret is still safe. He needs a fresh start, and a new role on the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing might be just that.
The move to Bluewater Bay may also mean a second chance in the form of his studio-assigned assistant. Noah Dakers sees through Connor’s facades more quickly than Connor could imagine. Noah’s quiet strength and sarcastic companionship offers Connor a chance at love that Hollywood’s closet has never allowed. But to accept it, Connor must let Vinnie go and learn to live again.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1You may think that you know by reading the description that Selfie will make you shed a tear or two… Let me just clarify that for you… You. Know. Nothing! This book will crush you. You’ll think the worst of Connor’s pain is over and then he gets blind sided by something or someone and the tears start all over. Yeah, Amy Lane held nothing back in Selfie and I both love her and hate her for it. Connor’s pain was raw and he was falling and there was no turning back from the inevitable crash. This book broke me. So yeah, however many tissues you were planning on having nearby before you pick up this book, triple it. You can thank me later.

To describe Connor as broken is probably an understatement. In the opening of Selfie, he had hit his lowest point. Luckily he had someone to help him pick up the pieces and shove him in a direction that would hopefully get his life back on track. I absolutely loved Jilly. She was brash and honest and wasn’t afraid to admit that she screwed up. She also loved Connor and honestly wanted what was best for him… not your average Hollywood agent.

Then there was Noah… He saw beyond the front that Connor hid behind. He was genuine and funny, honest and caring and he was determined to help Connor, whether he wanted it or not. He was the stability that Connor needed, but it wasn’t always enough. There were some things that Connor had to conquer on his own.

There was so much to love about Selfie, I can’t even begin to convey it all. I loved the support that the Wolf’s Landing community surrounded Connor with. I loved Noah’s family and how obvious it was that they had shaped Noah into the amazing man he had become. I loved the contrast between how comfortable Noah was in his identity compared to how hidden Connor was even though he didn’t want to be. Yeah, there was lot of pain in Selfie, but in the end, the love overpowered it and made every tear shed worth it.

So far, this is one of my favorite installments in the Bluewater Bay series. I’ve said that before and it’s probably not a coincidence that one of my other favorites was the Deep of the Sound, also written by Amy Lane. Like all the other books in this series, Selfie can be read as a standalone, but I have to recommend reading them all. Even though they’re written by several different authors, there is a cohesiveness that flows between the books that I’ve really enjoyed.

Oh, and after you’ve read Selfie and emotionally recovered, follow this link to Riptide’s Selfie page and click on the tab for Extras. There you’ll be able to listen to Vinnie’s monologues… and start shedding tears all over again… *sigh*

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Bitter Taffy (Candy Man #2) by Amy Lane

BitterTaffyRico Gonzalves-Macias didn’t expect to fall in love during his internship in New York—and he didn’t expect the boss’s son to out them both and get him fired either. When he returns to Sacramento stunned and heartbroken, he finds his cousin, Adam, and Adam’s boyfriend, Finn, haven’t just been house-sitting—they’ve made his once sterile apartment into a home.
When Adam gets him a job interview with the adorable, magnetic, practically perfect Derek Huston, Rico feels especially out of his depth. Derek makes it no secret that he wants Rico, but Rico is just starting to figure out that he’s a beginner at the really important stuff and doesn’t want to jump into anything with both feet. 
Derek is a both-feet kind of guy. But he’s also made mistakes of his own and doesn’t want to pressure Rico into anything. Together they work to find a compromise between instant attraction and long-lasting love, and while they’re working, Rico gets a primer in why family isn’t always a bad idea. He needs to believe Derek can be his family before Derek’s formidable patience runs out—because even a practically perfect boyfriend is capable of being hurt.

I’m really loving this series. I knew when Derek was first introduced he was a special kind of guy. I love it when I’m right. I also love it when that special kind of guy finds some one just as special. Even though the only interaction that readers had with Rico in The Candy Man was through phone calls and text messages with Adam, those conversations and the way Adam talked about his cousin were enough for me to gain respect for him. Yep, lots of reasons to fall in love with this series.

Rico wasn’t quite as broken as Adam even though he came from the same crazy family. He carried a lot of guilt though because he hid who he was. What Adam went through proved to Rico that their family wasn’t one he could come out to without serious repercussions. Crazy doesn’t even begin to describe their family. Honestly… Derek was patient and yeah, pretty much perfect, but he was also leery and as much as he cared about Rico and wanted it to work, he didn’t want to risk getting his heart broken.

As much as I loved Rico and Derek’s story, I really enjoyed the fact that the characters from the previous story were not only back, but they played an integral part. I love the quirkiness of Darrin and the way that Finn’s family adopted Rico as their own simply because if he was Adam’s family, he was theirs. Rico found out that there’s more to family than blood and sometimes the family that chooses you cares a lot more about you than the one you were born into.

It probably comes as no surprise that I can’t wait to start the next book in the series, Lollipop. Readers have met both of these characters too and it promises to be another interesting addition to the Candy Man series. 😉

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The Candy Man (Candy Man #1) by Amy Lane – Bout-of-Books 15 Review

CandyManAdam Macias has been thrown a few curve balls in his life, but losing his VA grant because his car broke down and he missed a class was the one that struck him out. One relative away from homelessness, he’s taking the bus to Sacramento, where his cousin has offered a house-sitting job and a new start. He has one goal, and that’s to get his life back on track. Friends, pets, lovers? Need not apply.
Finn Stewart takes one look at Adam as he’s applying to Candy Heaven and decides he’s much too fascinating to leave alone. Finn is bright and shiny—and has never been hurt. Adam is wary of his attention from the very beginning—Finn is dangerous to every sort of peace Adam is forging, and Adam may just be too damaged to let him in at all.
But Finn is tenacious, and Adam’s new boss, Darrin, doesn’t take bullshit for an answer. Adam is going to have to ask himself which is harder—letting Finn in or living without him? With the holidays approaching it seems like an easy question, but Adam knows from experience that life is seldom simple, and the world seldom cooperates with hope, faith, or the plans of cats and men.

I’m not even sure where to start. The story began with Darrin working his magic candy mojo, which I loved BTW… This may not have been a PNR, but the hint of magic that started the story was definitely enough to catch my interest. Of course, once Adam was introduced, magic or no, I was hooked. I loved both Adam and Finn from the start.

Adam was… well… he was broken. My ‘Mama Bear’ gene worked over time when it came to him. There’s no excuse for what he went through. None. I felt exactly like Finn did when he discovered Adam’s troubled past… which BTW made me love Finn even more.

Can I just say, thank God for Finn’s determination. If not for his tenacity, he wouldn’t have stood a chance. That was just one of the many things that I adored about Finn.

Then there were the supporting characters…and there were many, not the least of which included Gonzo the cat and Clopper the dog. All of them played an important role and there wasn’t one that was introduced that I didn’t fall in love with. Of course there were the employees at the candy shop, but there was also Rico. The only interaction that Adam had with his cousin Rico was through text messages, but it was enough to be totally invested in his story, which is next. There was also Finn’s family, who totally made up for Adam’s poor excuse for a family… almost.

And did I mention the tears? Yeah, there were more than a few. There was one scene in particular that I pretty much dare anyone not to get just a little choked up while reading, but I found myself wiping my eyes more than once. *sigh* Bitter Taffy is next and it thankfully features Rico. I can’t wait to get to know Adam’s only sane family member 😉

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The Deep of the Sound (Bluewater Bay #8) by Amy Lane

DeepOfTheSoundCal McCorkle has lived in Bluewater Bay his whole life. He works two jobs to support a brother with a laundry list of psychiatric diagnoses and a great uncle with Alzheimer’s, and his personal life amounts to impersonal hookups with his boss. He’s got no time, no ambition, and no hope. All he has is family, and they’re killing him one responsibility at a time.
Avery Kennedy left Los Angeles, his family, and his sleazy boyfriend to attend a Wolf’s Landing convention, and he has no plans to return. But when he finds himself broke and car-less in Bluewater Bay, he’s worried he’ll have to slink home with his tail between his legs. Then Cal McCorkle rides to his rescue, and his urge to run away dies a quick death.
Avery may seem helpless at first, but he can charm Cal’s fractious brother, so Cal can pretty much forgive him anything. Even being adorkable. And giving him hope. But Cal can only promise Avery “until we can’t”—and the cost of changing that to “until forever” might be too high, however much they both want it.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I honestly have no idea where to begin…

If you haven’t read the Valentine’s Day anthology of Bluewater Bay short stories Lights, Camera, Cupid, I’m not sure whether to tell you to read Amy Lane’s short story Nascha before or after reading The Deep of the Sound. I’ll put it this way… enough time had passed since I read it that I forgot a few details, but as soon as I finished The Deep of the Sound, I wanted to read Nascha again. If you have read it, Cal and Avery’s story overlaps with the ending of Nascha‘s story.

Just like I can’t decide where to begin, I can’t decide which one of these characters I loved more. Cal carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. At least his family’s world. He was doing the best he could, but even he knew it wasn’t enough. He lived in real terror that his brother would hurt himself or even worse, someone else. His great uncle had good days and bad days, (which included the heartbreaking task of explaining to him once again that Cal’s parents had died tragically.) The only thing keeping both Keir and Nascha functioning as close to normal as possible was a well timed regimen of medication. Cal was way too young to have so much responsibility and no time to live his own life.

Avery was such a sweet guy. Too sweet to be treated the way he had been by his ex-lover and his parents. He was smart, witty and more capable of independence than even he realized. There were things that terrified him, but he seemed to find the positive in almost every situation. He may have been rescued by Cal on the side of the road, but Avery did just as much to save Cal.

The Deep of the Sound was so much more than a love story between two young men that deserved to find a HEA. It was also a story of the power of love between friends and family. As little as Cal seemed to have, Avery envied him. That family connection was priceless in Avery’s eyes. Cal couldn’t see beyond the present… ‘until we can’t’ was the only commitment that he could promise, but he craved and deserved so much more.

And then there was Nascha. After reading The Deep of the Sound, I’m so happy that he got his story in Lights, Camera, Cupid. I loved him even more by the end of Avery and Cal’s story…

Yes, there were tears. Yes, there was heartbreak and yes, there were some no win decisions that were forced to be made. Having this story wrapped up in a nice, neat bow of happiness wouldn’t have done any of the characters justice. Things weren’t perfect by the end, but there was hope for the future and that’s more than any of them had when this story began. Speaking of which, I’m kind of hoping that this isn’t the last readers see of Avery and Cal. You know… just to make sure they’re doing okay… 😉

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Lights, Camera, Cupid (Bluewater Bay #6) Multi-author Anthology

LightsCameraCupid_400x600Cupid 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.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1What a fantastic Valentine’s Day treat ❤ All written by authors I know and adore. Some familiar characters and some new characters. Some laughs and even a few unexpected tears. If you’ve been following the Bluewater Bay series, you need to add this one to your TBR list.

Just Another Day by L.A. Witt

Levi and Carter were introduced in Starstruck, the first book in the Bluewater Bay series, so it was very fitting that they were included in Lights, Camera, Cupid. It was fun spending time with these two again. Being in a relationship hasn’t gotten rid of all of Levi’s little quirks, but he’s working on it. He proves in Just Another Day that Carter’s the most important part of his life and he’d do anything to show him how much he means to him.

Nascha by Amy Lane

Out of all the stories in Lights, Camera, Cupid, this one seemed the most out of place… but it really wasn’t. Nascha’s story wasn’t a happy one, but it turns out that it serves a purpose. I liked the story regardless, but I knew there was more to it than just a old man’s sorrow over what he lost. Turns out that Nascha gives readers some background for the next book in the Bluewater Bay series, The Deep of the Sound, also by Amy Lane.

No Easy Way by S.E. Jakes

This is the first time readers of the Bluewater Bay series are introduced to Cary and Dylan and I’m really hoping that we get to see more of them. Cary was the guy who had everything growing up… and then lost it all. That didn’t stop him from making something of himself. He even got over Dylan when he broke his heart by leaving him. Dylan never thought he was good enough for Cary and knew he would be better off if he wasn’t a part of his life. Nothing is ever as it seems, especially in a world that S.E. Jakes creates. (Oh, and she gets bonus points for mentioning two of my favorite characters from Burnt Toast B&B 🙂 )

Helping Hand by Anne Tenino

I liked Lucas from the time he hit the page in Helping Hand. He was bright, witty and talented and totally at odds with who he was and what he wanted. I really liked the story, but I’m not sure about the ending. I’m really hoping that there’s more to the story between Lucas and Gabe. *sigh*

I’ll Be There by Z.A. Maxfield

Oh Spencer and Nash… I love these guys. In I’ll Be There, readers are even treated to some quality time with Nash’s brother Healey and his geeky friends and boyfriend. Nash goes on a wild trip so he can be there to support Spencer. Meanwhile, Spencer comes to terms with a part of his past that he’s not exactly proud of. I loved spending time with these two again. Hell on Wheels was the third book in the series and another  one of my favorites.

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The Bells of Times Square by Amy Lane

TheBellsOfTimesSquare_200x300Every New Year’s Eve since 1946, Nate Meyer has ventured alone to Times Square to listen for the ghostly church bells he and his long-lost wartime lover vowed to hear together. This year, however, his grandson Blaine is pushing Nate through the Manhattan streets, revealing his secrets to his silent, stroke-stricken grandfather.

When Blaine introduces his boyfriend to his beloved grandfather, he has no idea that Nate holds a similar secret. As they endure the chilly death of the old year, Nate is drawn back in memory to a much earlier time . . . and to Walter.

Long before, in a peace carefully crafted in the heart of wartime tumult, Nate and Walter forged a loving home in the midst of violence and chaos. But nothing in war is permanent, and now all Nate has is memories of a man his family never knew existed. And a hope that he’ll finally hear the church bells that will unite everybody—including the lovers who hid the best and most sacred parts of their hearts.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I expected this book to be sad. I knew deep down that there would be no HEA for Nate and Walter. What I didn’t expect was to feel as much as I did or to be affected as much as I was. Because of those first two statements, I almost ignored The Bells of Times Square. Because of the last statement, I’m so glad that I picked it up. There are things that I will never look at the same way again.

The Bells of Time Square was a book of love and loss, but it was so much more than that. I don’t think I would have walked away from this book with the same impression if it had been set in a different time frame. This book covered a lot of ground, but it was done seamlessly. It opened in the present. Nate was trapped in a body that was crippled by a stroke. He knew everything that was going on around him, but he couldn’t communicate. That in itself was devastating enough, but what he had endured and hidden up until then was even worse. Seeing his loving grandson Blaine with his boyfriend is the trigger that brings memories flooding back, both good and bad.

WWII was a horrific time in history. The fact that Nate not only served as a soldier during that war, but was also Jewish was what pulled me in… the relationship between Walter and Nate is what wouldn’t let me go. Walter not only saved Nate’s life, he awakened a part of him that he tried desperately to ignore. Walter had been through his own torment before Nate showed up. Basically, these two men saved each other. What the experienced was beautiful, horrific, heroic and heart breaking.

I think what touched me most in The Bells of Time Square wasn’t just the romance between these two men. It was more what happened after. Even though Nate kept things close to his heart and didn’t reveal his past, those close to him during that time knew, understood and offered their silent support. Through the horrors and loss of war, something good could be taken away from it. That’s important and what I will remember most from this story.

Just one more thing… if you read The Bells of Time Square, take time to read the notes at the end written by Amy Lane. Her insight to this time in history is worth learning. I walked away from this story wishing I could talk to some of my relatives about their experiences and understanding why they kept a lot of what happened to themselves.

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