Monday, December 18, 2017

New Hand by L.A. Witt

Title: New Hand
Author: L.A. Witt
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Bluewater Bay #23
Main Characters: Garrett and Jesse
Release Date: December 2017
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Months after his husband’s death, Garrett Blaine desperately needs a fresh start. He sells his house in Seattle, leaves his accounting job, and starts bartending in Bluewater Bay. There he meets a man who wakes up his nearly forgotten libido.

Jesse Connelly’s friend with benefits bolted after Jesse disclosed his HIV status. Stood up and stinging, Jesse tries to drown his sorrows . . . and finds an unexpected connection with a lonely bartender.

Jesse and Garrett quickly bond over a shared love of comics and card games, and they can’t get enough of each other between the sheets. Not even a bumpy start and a fifteen-year age gap can derail them as they go from strangers to lovers, then friends, then much more.

But as Garrett’s feelings for Jesse deepen, so does his grief for the man he lost—especially as he sees hints of his late husband in his new boyfriend. Now Garrett has to figure out if Jesse is his second chance at true love, or if Jesse’s just filling in for the man he’s never fully grieved. And he needs to figure it out soon, because Jesse’s starting to wonder the same thing.
My Review:
The last book in the series? I'm not ready for it to be over yet, but I did enjoy this story and it somehow seems appropriate that L.A. Witt wrote the final since she's written so many of the books in the series. 

So, this book...such a heartbreaking story. There's a lot of angst to this one. Garrett's husband died less than a year ago after a year and a half of being ill. Garrett doesn't think he will ever have anything like that again, but then he meets Jesse and things start to change for him. But there's something that Jesse needs to tell him that changes everything for Garrett.

There are a lot of issues for the characters in this book. There's a big age gap between Jesse and Garrett, but there's also Jesse's health status to take into consideration. Garrett is terrified of having to watch someone else he loves die. That's a really legitimate fear for him and he has a lot of leftover PTSD issues from watching his husband die that Jesse may not be able to handle. Jesse hates being treated differently because of his status. Garrett doesn't know if he can risk his heart again. Jesse isn't sure he can be all that Garrett needs him to be.

And just when it seems like they are going to make it another thing comes up from their history which makes things tough again. This is definitely one of those books where for every step forward there are two steps back, but from what I understand, that's pretty normal for this level of grief. It makes for a really emotional book...and I loved that about it.

This is the final book in the series, but I loved that we got to see some of the main characters from the series. The con weekend was fabulous. I loved getting to see Garrett go all fanboy over the Wolf's Landing guys. Those lighthearted moments really helped the pacing of this overall serious story. In fact, I loved all the scenes that went into the geekdom of the games...so much fun especially with the setting for this series. 

The entire series has been phenomenal. I think I've only missed two books out of the twenty-three, and I can recommend them all. But never fear...I know 23 is a lot of books. These books all work as stand-alones and you can pick and choose which ones you want to read easily. The premise of the series works throughout...a small pacific northwest town taken over by this production company doing a television series about werewolves that's incredibly popular. Now I want to read the real Wolf's Landings books...hehe. 

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

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