Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wedding Favors by Anne Tenino

Title: Wedding Favors
Author: Anne Tenino
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Bluewater Bay #7
Main Characters: Lucas and Gabe
Release Date: May 2015
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.
 


My Review:
This series, although written by all different authors, has stayed a consistently good read. With this newest installment, that has remained. In fact, I think this book easily ranks as one of my favorites of the series. I love tropes where love is rekindled and this is a sweet one...just because these two guys never got a chance their first time around. 

But now the story takes place 12 years later when Lucas comes back to Bluewater Bay to act as Man of Honor for his best friend and brother's wedding. The problem...his brother's best man and the guy Lucas never got over is Gabe. 

Gabe is a local. A fifth generation lumberjack, he has strong ties to this town and the land. He's not leaving. Lucas is everything Gabe is not. He's an artist with a different view on the world. He's been in LA for the last few years, making his mark. Gabe is backwoods. Lucas is cocktail parties. But together they work...if they can just allow themselves to trust in that and each other. 

This is one of those books. There is an automatic expiration date on the relationship because Lucas isn't staying. He's home for a month to help with the wedding. After that, he will return to his artistic life near a gallery. As a result, both men are terrified to commit. Already they've suffered heartbreaks 12 years before. Neither wants that to happen again. But the terror is real and it's so deep that they won't even discuss the possibility of something else happening. 

I do love second chance romances and this is one of the better ones that I've ever read. I loved Lucas and Gabe together. Their chemistry felt real although their communication skills need some work. But I liked the set-up of it all, too. The visuals os Lucas's sculptures were beautiful. I loved Gabe's farm and the scenes with Bruce, the stallion. Lucas's father's pot farm was funny especially as Lucas realized what was going on. I enjoyed the fact that Gabe and Zach are best friends and Zach's opinions on Lucas's and Gabe's relationship. The anti-bachelorette scene with Lucas and Audrey was hilarious, especially when they roped Seth into it all. 

This was simply one of those books. I laughed and had my emotions wrenched. There were feels all throughout the book. The scene with Gabe and the final unveiling of Lucas's big sculpture melted my heart. It was a great book and an incredible addition to the series. I highly recommend it. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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