Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Wedding Favors
Author: Anne Tenino
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Series: Bluewater Bay #7
Heroes: Lucas Wilder/Gabriel Savage
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 8 Hours, 14 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: April 13, 2017
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Lucas Wilder’s best friend is a traitor. First, Audrey moved back to their hick-infested hometown, Bluewater Bay, and now she’s marrying a local. His own brother, in fact. And as her man of honor, Lucas gets coerced into returning for an extended stay. Although, between his unfaithful ex-boyfriend and his artist’s block, going home isn’t the worst thing that could happen. Even if the best man is Gabriel Savage, Lucas’s first crush, first hookup, and first heartbreak.
The only reason Gabe hasn’t been waiting for Lucas to return to Bluewater Bay is because he never thought it’d happen. Not that it matters now that Lucas is back—Gabe’s still a logger who’s never been anywhere (Canada doesn’t count), and Lucas is now a famous sculptor who’s been everywhere twice. Plus, there’s that shared past.
When Audrey asks Lucas to make her wedding favors, the only place to set up a kiln is at Gabe’s tree farm. Soon, they pick up where they left off twelve years before, then blow past it, discovering why neither of them forgot the other. Now they have to choose how much of their history they’ll repeat, and what future they’ll make together.
Review – Book: If you read the anthology from Valentines day 2015 – Lights, Camera, Cupid: A Bluewater Bay Valentine’s Anthology – there was a prequel to this story included. That little bit of a story was ever so sweet – featuring Lucas after prom getting his first kiss from Gabe- the older boy he’s been crushing on. It ends, however, HORRIBLY – with Lucas leaving Gabe for school and it isn’t until this book came out that we get to see these guys get a HEA.
What I loved about this book: Gabe. He is sweet, sexy, loyal, funny and determined to do the right thing. The setting – a tree farm in the PNW with a horse drawn carriage in the background! Bruce – what a great horse with a clever name. Gabe’s family – understanding, kind, caring. The smexy times – Super. Hot. All the hipster jokes: if you lived here- you’d understand!
What I didn’t like about this book: Lucas. He was kind of an air-head. Not appreciative of Gabe much at all. Oblivious most of the time to Gabe’s pain and not even that appreciative of his BFF Audrey nor his brother, Zach. The amount of time it took Gabe and Lucas to figure it all out: too long! The short story really worked because it got all the important things out there in a few pages – the reconciliation didn’t need to be this long.
For the story I’d give this 3.75 of 5 stars – not quite 4 stars but really – pretty good.
Review – Audio: Nick J. Russo is what convinced me to delve into this. I wasn’t too keen on even reading this story – the Bluewater Bay series has not been my favorite to read, but in audio form, I’ve been really pleased. Nick has done several of the books and he does another great job here. He gives Lucas the right tone – light, fanciful, snarky and Gabe a solid, deep voice. He’s good with Audrey and Zach – sorta clueless – too. He’s also very, very good with the smexy times – 😉
Highly enjoyable in audio format and the way to go as far as I’m concerned.
5 of 5 stars
Overall 3.5 of 5 stars
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*