For a Good Time, Call… (Bluewater Bay #17) by Anne Tenino & E.J. Russell

Thirty-seven-year-old Nate Albano’s second relationship ever ended three years ago, and since he’s grace—gray asexual—he doesn’t anticipate beating the odds to find a third. Still, he’s got his dog, his hobbies, and his job as a special effects technician on Wolf’s Landing, so he can’t complain—much.
Seth Larson, umpteenth generation Bluewater Bay, is the quintessential good-time guy, content with tending bar and being his grandmother’s handyman. The night they meet, Seth’s looking for some recreational sex to escape family drama. But for Nate, romantic attraction comes before sexual attraction, so while Seth thinks they’re hooking up, Nate just wants to talk . . . genealogy?
Dude. Seriously?
So they declare a “just friends” truce. Then Seth asks for Nate’s help investigating a sinister Larson family secret, and their feelings start edging way beyond platonic. But Nate may want more than Seth can give him, and Seth may not be able to leave his good-time image behind. Unless they can find a way to merge carefree with commitment, they could miss out on true love—the best time of all.

For a Good Time, Call… was a great addition to the Bluewater Bay series, but I wanted more. *sigh* I know, that’s a somewhat frequent complaint I have of books that I really like. This time though, it’s more because so much was happening, so many little story lines were thrown into the mix and not all of them were fleshed out. It just seemed like there either needed to be more, or there needed to be a sequel.

That’s just my opinion though and despite that one minor flaw, I really enjoyed For a Good Time, Call… I liked the slow burn between the two characters and the vast difference in their approach to attraction. For Seth, it was a loose concept. He was up for ‘a Good Time’ pretty much 24/7. For Nate, it was a little more complicated. Their attraction to each other was a surprise for both of them. Nate’s past made him keep his distance regardless of what his heart and body were telling him. Seth just tried to keep himself in check because he didn’t want to risk the bond that was growing between them. 

Aside from the romance, the history and ancestral angle was really interesting. I loved the bond between Seth and his grandmother (who, by the way, was one of my favorite characters.) I liked the fact that this story pulled readers into the Bluewater Bay community and history – its roots, but there was still a strong story line within the Wolf’s Landing cast and crew. There was also an interesting twist that I’m really hoping gets explored more because that story line is just too intriguing to be left hanging. There were also a couple of other loose ends that I want to know more about, but we’ve already discussed this, right?

So yes, For a Good Time, Call… had a few bumps and wrinkles, but I still liked it and I’d still recommend reading this along with all the stories in the series. They’re written by different authors, some I’ve enjoyed more than others and they can pretty much all be read as stand alones. However, there’s enough of a common thread, regardless of how thin, that I think readers would get more out of any of them if they experienced most of the Wolf’s Landing/Bluewater Bay world.

No Small Parts (Bluewater Bay #16) by Ally Blue

nosmallparts_600x900Nat Horn is almost living the dream. His part as a werewolf extra on the hit show Wolf’s Landing has somehow turned into a regular role. Beautiful rising star Solari Praveen has taken an interest in him. He’s even making enough money to think about getting out of Bluewater Bay someday. Except his retired dad’s dependence on pain medications seems to be getting worse, and Nat’s the only one around to take care of him.
When Nat learns that Solari’s interest isn’t romantic, his disappointment is surprisingly short-lived, because in getting to know her, he also got to know her assistant, Rafael. And Rafael turns out to be the kind of friend—and potential boyfriend—Nat never dared to dream about.
Distracted by his astonishing new life, new friends, and new possibilities, Nat lets his guard down, and suddenly his life goes careening out of control. Racked by guilt, he tries to push his new friends away, but the bonds he’s formed are already too strong. In fact, they’re strong enough to pull him forward, into the future he’s been longing for—but to get there, he’ll have to let go of the past.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1First, how in the heck is this the first book I’ve read by Ally Blue? An author who can put her characters through as much as Nat was put through in No Small Parts really should have landed on my reading radar before now.

So yeah, Nat was put through a lot in No Small Parts. Nat’s dad was totally dependent on him, but he was so spiteful that it made what Nat sacrificed for him even more painful. His sister could have helped out, but she was pretty useless. He wasn’t used to depending on anyone else, so when things got even worse, he let his guilt keep him from leaning on anyone. Turns out that there’s nothing wrong with leaning on someone, even if it’s just for moral support. Which turned Rafael into a true hero in No Small Parts by just being there for Nat.

There was so much to love about this story, even with all the pain. Obviously Rafael, but Solari was great too and she had her own crap going on – which I hope gets resolved in a future installment in the Bluewater Bay series (hint, hint 😉 ) There were cameos from previous characters, but No Small Parts could easily be read as a standalone from the rest of the series. The individual authors do a great job of tying the stories together loosely though and there have been few in the series that I wouldn’t recommend, so of course I’m going to tell you to read them all 😉


Bluewater Blues (Bluewater Bay #15) by G.B. Gordon

bluewaterblues_600x900Jack Daley left his music career behind—along with his domineering father—and is struggling to make a new life for himself and his autistic sister in Bluewater Bay. When a summer storm sweeps a handsome stranger into his general store, Jack is more than ready for a fling. No strings attached, because Jack can’t share the secrets he and his sister are hiding from. Unfortunately, his feelings refuse to stay casual.
Mark Keao is married to his job as a costume designer on Wolf’s Landing. He’s autistic, so he’s used to people not knowing how to interact with him, but that doesn’t mean he wants to be a hermit. Especially when he meets Jack Daley, who dances with brooms, shares his love of the blues, and gets him like no one else. But relationships have proven complicated in the past.
Just when Mark is ready to try anyway, Jack pulls back. But Mark isn’t giving up, and neither is Jack’s sister. And then there’s the music both men love, bringing them together time and again. It will take trust, though, to bring them together for good.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1This is the second book in the Bluewater Bay series written by G.B. Gordon. The first was When to Hold Them, which I liked, but not nearly as much as Bluewater Blues.

At first glance it would seem that Mark and Jack were made for each other. Jack’s life revolved around his sister and it would take a special kind of person to not only understand, but accept and be comfortable with his situation. Given Mark had first hand knowledge of the challenges that Jack faced, the obvious obstacles didn’t exist. The fact that Jack couldn’t be totally honest with Mark made things complicated. Mark was determined to make things work regardless.

Bluewater Blues was a great addition to the Bluewater Bay series. My favorites in this series have been the books that touched on not only tough issues but gave insight into real life situations that not everyone is exposed to or comfortable with simply because they haven’t been exposed to them or don’t understand. Bluewater Blues was that kind of book for me. It was so much more than a romance and that’s one of the many reasons why they’re my favorites.

This was also another book in the series that you could read as a stand alone, but I still wouldn’t recommend it. A few characters are familiar from previous books. I may be a bit biased though since there aren’t many books in this series that I haven’t loved. Next up in the Bluewater Bay series is No Small Parts and since I’m so far behind in all my reviews, I’ve already read it. Stay tuned!


All the Wrong Places (Bluewater Bay #14) by Ann Gallagher

AllTheWrongPlaces_600x900Three cheating girlfriends in a row have given skateboarder Brennan Cross the same excuse: he wasn’t meeting their needs. Desperate and humiliated, he goes to the professionals at the local sex shop for advice.
Zafir Hamady, a sales clerk at Red Hot Bluewater, has an unusual theory: he doesn’t think Brennan is a bad lover. In fact, he doesn’t think Brennan is heterosexual. Or sexual at all, for that matter. He also can’t stop thinking about Brennan. But even if he’s right and Brennan really is asexual, that doesn’t mean Zafir has a chance. Brennan’s never dated a man, and Zafir’s never met anyone who’s game for a Muslim single father with a smart mouth and a GED.
Brennan’s always thought of himself as straight. But when sex is explicitly out of the mix, he finds himself drawn to Zafir for the qualities and interests they share. And Zafir can’t help enjoying Brennan’s company and the growing bond between Brennan and his son. They work well together, but with so many issues between them, doubts creep in, and Brennan’s struggle with his identity could push away the one person he didn’t know he could love.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Oh, how I loved these two young men. I know I’ve said that before, but there was just something about Brennan and Zafir’s story that made me melt for them. *sigh*

All the Wrong Places began with Brennan mulling over the fact that he’d been dumped… again. He’s so desperate for an answer to why he isn’t doing ‘it’ right (according to the girls that have dumped him) that he finds himself in Bluewater Bay’s Red Hot Bluewater. The initial encounter between Zafir and Brennan immediately sold me on this one. I honestly don’t think that my first search for answers in Brennan’s situation would have been the local sex shop, but I loved the fact that it was Brennan’s.

There was so much to love about All the Wrong Places I don’t really know where to start. Obviously, I loved Brennan and Zafir. I also loved Zafir’s son, but I’m a sucker for a smart, witty kid who is an integral part of the story. The only thing better was Zafir’s devotion to his son (as overprotective as it was – which was kind of adorable) and Brennan’s budding relationship with him. I also loved Zafir and Brennan’s friends (with the exception of Brennan’s ex-girlfriend…)

Basically, All the Wrong Places was an excellent addition to the Bluewater Bay series in more ways than one. Given the fact that the series has several contributing authors, variety is expected. Sometimes there’s cohesiveness between the stories, which I really like. However, I don’t mind it when it’s missing because each author seems to add another layer to the ‘community’ which makes up Bluewater Bay. Some I’ve liked more than others, but each one adds another dimension. Some also offer readers who follow the series (like me) exposure to aspects of the LGBTQIA genre that they may not go looking for on their own.

I’m not sure what’s next for residents Bluewater Bay or the cast and crew of Wolf’s Landing,  but whatever it is, I’m there. 😉




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*


How the Cookie Crumbles (Bluewater Bay #12) by Jaime Samms

HowTheCookieCrumblesAfter losing a rigged cooking show competition — and a potential lover — to another baker, Frederic Jackson packs up his considerable baggage and moves to Bluewater Bay. He uses the network’s hush money to buy a new bakery where he hopes the small town’s revitalized economy will let him start anew.
Blaire Caruthers never wanted to work for his father at Caruthers Industries. He should have known that fixing the company’s show results was a mistake, and that choosing another man over kind, generous Frederic was an even bigger one. But the damage is done. As punishment, he’s been sent to Bluewater Bay to oversee the company’s interest in Wolf’s Landing merchandise.
Stuck in a small, nowhere town doing a job he hates, Blaire wants nothing more than to prove to Frederic he’s changed. However, Frederic struggles to trust the man who betrayed him once already. As Blaire loses ground with his father, and Frederic starts falling back into self-destructive habits, they both have to find the balance and control that’s been missing from their lives.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Each time another book in this series is released I end up shuffling around my favorites. I wasn’t sure exactly where How the Cookie Crumbles was going to fall because… well… frankly Blaire sounded like an unredeemable jerk. I love it when an author can change your opinion about a character. 😉

Frederic wasn’t hard to fall for. I loved him from the beginning. I could appreciate him wanting to do everything on his own, I’m kind of the same way. Basically because I hate asking anyone for help. He took that trait to a whole new level though. On the flip side, he had a lot of amazing people jump in and insist on helping him… including Blaire.

Blaire had a lot to make up for and he knew it. Frederic wasn’t easily won over and he had a lot more going on than just his mixed feelings for Blaire. He tried to be everything to everyone and came dangerously close to falling into a position where he couldn’t even help himself. Blaire had no idea what kind of inner demons Frederic was fighting, but he was determined to prove that he had changed enough to be the kind of man to help fix it.

As with many of the books in the Bluewater Bay series, How the Cookie Crumbles can be read as a stand alone. I’ve read them all though and have found few I wouldn’t recommend. There were a couple of familiar characters that popped up, which always makes me smile. This is also the first book by Jaime Samms that I’ve read, but I doubt it will be my last. Selfie by Amy Lane is next in the series.


Stuck Landing (Bluewater Bay #11) by Lauren Gallagher

StuckLanding_600x900For months, acclaimed Wolf’s Landing director/producer Anna Maxwell has been nursing a crush on Natalya Izmaylova, a former Russian gymnast and current Wolf’s Landing stunt coordinator. When Anna witnesses Natalya’s very public breakup with her boyfriend, she can’t resist inviting her over for drinks to commiserate about love and all that nonsense. Commiseration doesn’t last long, and soon Anna’s in bed with the hottest woman she’s ever touched, living out fantasies she didn’t even know she had.
Despite the amazing sex, Anna wants to proceed with caution. They’re both newly single. They’re colleagues. And there’s the not-so-small matter of Anna’s biphobia.
Natalya won’t commit to someone who clings to ridiculous stereotypes, but they can’t avoid each other at work, and there’s no ignoring their chemistry. Anna’s defenses are slowly eroding, and Natalya is willing to give her another chance. But Natalya only has so much patience, and even scorching hot sex won’t keep her coming back forever. If Anna doesn’t come to her senses soon and let go of her prejudices — not to mention her insecurities — she’s going to lose the woman of her dreams.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I love this series, I really do. There are some books in the series that I’ve liked more than others, but in general, I’ve enjoyed them all as well as the characters. Stuck Landing is the first one that I’ve had a problem with… and probably not for the reasons that you might think.

Anna has been a part of this series since the beginning. She was an important character in Levi and Carter’s story, Starstruck, which started the Bluewater Bay series. I’ve liked her character ever since and her relationship that continued with both Levi and Carter. She also played an important role in Jeremy and Scott’s story, Rain Shadow. Her crumbling relationship with her girlfriend was the perfect set-up for Stuck Landing.

Natalya’s break up with her boyfriend sets the stage for her and Anna to connect. I liked them together in the beginning… they just seemed to click. So what was my hang up with this story? It was simply Anna and her hang-ups. True, this was basically my first F/F read and this genre will never be my ‘go-to’ when it comes to romance. But for me, the beauty of this series is the diversity of the characters and the authors. Anna’s prejudice just rubbed me the wrong way because it went against everything I felt the series was trying to accomplish. To be honest, I’m not sure why Natalya gave her another chance. *sigh*

You might be asking why I gave Stuck Landing a higher rating than my opinion warranted… well, that’s simple. Just because I wasn’t a fan of Anna, didn’t mean that it still wasn’t a good story. Carter and Levi pretty much saved it for me on more than one occasion, as well as Jeremy and Scott. One of my favorite parts (besides the wedding) was when Levi pretty much put Anna in her place. (That’s not giving anything away BTW because Levi, Carter and Jeremy weren’t easy on Anna and her attitude through much of the book.)

So, yeah… Stuck Landing wasn’t a shining moment for Anna… I still liked the story though, but not necessarily for the romance. Not a bad thing… just not what I expected.


Rain Shadow (Bluewater Bay #10) by L.A. Witt

RainShadow_600x900Jeremy Rose came to Bluewater Bay to work as Anna Maxwell’s bodyguard, not to escape his increasingly bitter relationship with his estranged kids. He just wants to focus on his job and be alone for a while. He’s done with love, especially now that three years after his long overdue divorce, he’s got a front-row seat to the rapid deterioration between Anna and her girlfriend. Cynical doesn’t even begin to describe him.
Then Anna and Leigh’s attempts to reconcile put him in the crosshairs of marriage counselor Scott Fletcher. Scott’s exactly what Jeremy needs right now: gorgeous, hot, horny, single, and 100% uninterested in a relationship. The problem is, too much no-strings-attached sex—and too much time in each other’s company—inevitably builds emotional connection.
Except Jeremy refuses to seek counseling for his broken family, and Scott refuses to get seriously involved with men who work dangerous jobs. They both need to realize they can only hide for so long from the pain they came here to escape. They must face their pasts before they lose their shot at a happy future.

ACreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1nother great addition to the Bluewater Bay series. I thought it was cute the way that Jeremy and Scott kind of fell into a relationship while denying the fact that either one of them were looking for a relationship. 😉

Scott had his reasons for not wanting to date someone in a dangerous occupation. His loss was heartbreaking. It was also kind of ironic that Jeremy would finally connect to someone in a profession he wanted to have nothing more to do with. Love really is a fickle thing, isn’t it?

The side story of Anna and her girlfriend added a lot to this story. I liked the connection between Jeremy and Anna, as well as Jeremy’s connection with the other body guards and crew on the set. He screwed up more than once, but he still had support from the people around him. Even when he wasn’t sure where he stood with Scott.

The only real complaint I had about Rain Shadow was that I felt like the ending was rushed. I really would have liked a little bit more closure. Things were on the way to being mended, but not quite there yet.


When to Hold Them (Bluewater Bay #9) by G.B. Gordon

WhenToHoldThemDoran Callaghan doesn’t know when to fold ’em. His gambling has landed him in debt and in jail, and now it’s got him stuck in the sticks in a reintegration program. He wants to turn his life around, but old habits come knocking, and some creditors are harder to shake than others.
Xavier Wagner cares more about the National Park he works in than the people around it, until a stranger awakens desires he didn’t know he had. Doran’s natural submissiveness turns Xavier’s ideas of how to treat a lover upside down. But Doran doesn’t seem to know about boundaries — or even to have any — and Xavier’s not sure that Doran will say no if he needs to. Which means someone’s going to get hurt.
While Xavier struggles with his principles, Doran’s past comes calling. Trusting each other is suddenly a matter of life or death, but Doran has to decide whether counting on Xavier — or himself — is a gamble he’s willing to take.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1First, I really liked When to Hold Them. It was a great addition to the Bluewater Bay series, which is fast becoming one of my favorite M/M Contemporary series. I have to admit though, if I had to rank my favorites out of all of the Bluewater Bay books so far, this one wouldn’t fall close to the top. My only reasoning though is because it was so far removed from the rest of the series. That’s not a bad thing though because out of all of the books so far, this one comes closer to a stand alone read than any of the others. Therefore, there’s no reason not to start here if you haven’t picked up any of the other books in the series yet. 😉

Xavier was one of the strongest characters yet and I really liked that about him. He was level headed and devoted to his job and his family. He had a very strong sense of who he was… until he met Doran.

Doran was the complete opposite, but he was trying. He needed direction and more than that he needed self esteem. He was given a chance to turn himself around and he didn’t want to blow it, but he needed some positive reinforcement. Xavier was just the person to give it to him, if he didn’t screw it up.

Xavier and Doran had a lot to learn about each other and themselves and even though their story was a rocky one, I still enjoyed their journey.

There weren’t a lot of supporting characters in When to Hold Them, but I loved Xavier’s parents, especially his dad. He had a great way of stating the obvious, which Xavier needed from time to time.

I’m not sure what’s next for the Bluewater Bay series, but I hope there’s more. As much as I love meeting new characters and finding out what’s going on outside of the Wolf’s Landing cast and crew, I still enjoy catching up with previous characters.


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… 😉