Wednesday, September 25, 2013

ARC Review: At Piper's Point by Ethan Day

At Piper's Point
From the blurb:

Ten years and many boyfriends later, Cassidy Winters finally returns to the ancestral home of his late grandmother, Sadie Hart, despite the best efforts of his father to prevent it. Cassidy's plans of a quiet, seaside ceremony to wish a final farewell to Sadie quickly unravel. Interruptions run roughshod, beginning with Neil, who walks out of the ocean and straight into Cassidy's bed. The dominos topple one by one when the little dog he rescues from the hounds of hell brings him to Ben, the hunky vet who rescues Cassidy right back. News of his arrival spreads faster than Cassidy's legs, bringing his boyhood friend and first love Nate Sommers to his doorstep -- leaving Cassidy spiraling into a multi-layered love snafu. As if the island wasn't getting crowded enough for Cassidy's good taste and bad decisions, best friends Ollie and Spencer arrive in time to witness the uninvited return of Cassidy's most recent ex, Teddy, who's refusing to stay dumped. 

Fists fly and all hell breaks loose amid mojitos and martinis while Cassidy finds himself planning a huge party to celebrate Sadie's life. Accusations are aimed as arguments and libidos boil over, but even through the chaos Cassidy knows exactly who he wants. While he's certainly willing, he isn't sure if he's ready or able for love and life at Pipers Point.

Heather's rating:

Is it just me or is Hart's Island like the gay mecca? I mean, every non-coupled person that Cassidy sees ends up being gay! Where is this place and how soon can I visit?

"At Piper's Point" was an adorable, light romance from Ethan Day. My favorite part of this book I think was the humor. I found myself reading with such a big smile on my face that my mouth starting hurting from grinning too widely. It is just such a fun book.

"Jesus," Nate said, throwing his hands in the air as he stared Neil down. "You don't even know his last name!" Nate turned to Cassidy. "Is this Piper's Point or Dante's Cove?"

"Mel-ho's Place!" Ollie yelled, his smile fading as Nate glared, letting him know this might not be the best time to play Who's the Queen of Pop culture?"

But between all of the humor, some actual important stuff snuck in. This book is about first loves, when it comes down to it. It is about how Nate and Cassidy deal with discovering that not everything between them is as idealized as it was in their minds. They each have their own baggage and issues to work through, and the book takes us on that journey with them.

The characters also really worked for me. I liked how Cassidy was apologetically handsome and... promiscuous, let's say. He was who he was in all of his slutty glory. It is also easy to love Ollie (he gets all the good lines!) and the friendship dynamic between all of the guys. It was fun watching these guys have fun. I felt like I was in on the party!

What didn't work for me as much was the amount of time spend on Cassidy and Nate, just the two of them. I think their current relationship felt a little underdeveloped and pushed aside to focus on other things, like Cassidy's relationship with Sadie. I wanted more... something... with Cassidy and Nate.

Oh, and just a side note, in this book they reference, "hot boxing" which Nate says is when you inhale smoke and blow it into someone else's mouth. This isn't what hot boxing is. Hot boxing is when you smoke in a small space and the air fills up with smoke so everyone gets high from fumes. A "shotgun" is when you blow smoke into someone else's mouth. Urban dictionary needed, Ethan Day.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was just what I needed.

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