Monday, April 10, 2017

For A Good Time, Call... by Anne Tenino and E.J. Russell

Title: For A Good Time, Call...
Author: Anne Tenino and E.J. Russell
My Rating: B-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Bluewater Bay #17
Main Characters: Nate and Seth
Release Date: April 2017
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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.
 

My Review:
I'll admit, I had a really difficult time with this book...to the point where I considered not finishing it a few times. The problem...there are a LOT of characters and it was seriously difficult (for me) to keep sorted who was who. I kept having to stop and go back to sort through who was who, which made it really difficult to get into the story. Eventually I did settle into it, though. Note: If I hadn't been completely enamored with this entire series, I don't think I would have stuck with it.

So, this story...Nate is part of the Wolf's Landing crew. He works on special effects and there's some history to his backstory of how he got here...after burning all his bridges in Hollywood. Nate is asexual and doesn't think he'll ever find anyone else again who he connects with enough to make a real relationship work.

Seth grew up in Bluewater Bay. He has quite a reputation around town that was somewhat unfairly earned. He's seen as flighty, although that's not really fair to him either. He's never been in a real relationship. The guys he dates don't see him as a forever kind of guy. The town of Bluewater Bay...including most of his family...really underestimate him.

There were lots of themes/plot lines to this book that had great potential, but were never fully fleshed out...Nate's history in Hollywood and his blowout there, Seth's dream of being a great bartender. I wanted more from these, but in the end they seemed to be brushed aside with just a sentence or paragraph of explanation. There was also no real resolution for the story line at the small theater and the guys' possible future there...which was an obvious solution to some parts of the story line.

Overall, this was an unsatisfying read. I really liked both guys and thought their conflict had the most potential of all the various story lines in the book. It was almost like the authors tried to put too much into the story and it all got lost because of that, which is a shame because I did really like both Nate and Seth and how things work between the two of them.

So, not a great review...which I hate, but I do love this world and the glimpses we got behind the scenes of the special effects both on the tv set and in other venues.

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

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