Cal McCorkle has lived in Bluewater Bay his whole life. He works two jobs to support a brother with a laundry list of psychiatric diagnoses and a great uncle with Alzheimer’s, and his personal life amounts to impersonal hookups with his boss. He’s got no time, no ambition, and no hope. All he has is family, and they’re killing him one responsibility at a time.
Avery Kennedy left Los Angeles, his family, and his sleazy boyfriend to attend a Wolf’s Landing convention, and he has no plans to return. But when he finds himself broke and car-less in Bluewater Bay, he’s worried he’ll have to slink home with his tail between his legs. Then Cal McCorkle rides to his rescue, and his urge to run away dies a quick death.
Avery may seem helpless at first, but he can charm Cal’s fractious brother, so Cal can pretty much forgive him anything. Even being adorkable. And giving him hope. But Cal can only promise Avery “until we can’t”—and the cost of changing that to “until forever” might be too high, however much they both want it.
"The Deep of the Sound" was my first read in the Bluewater Bay series, but it was perfectly fine as a standalone read.
The story begins we see a hopeful, positive 26 y.o. Avery making his way through life in L.A., in spite of his craptacularly-unsupportive parents and a superficial, ungrateful boyfriend, who Avery supports financially.
Avery may not be all that to look at, but he does have his pride, so upon learning that said boyfriend is sleeping with his boss, Avery decides to use his upcoming trip to a Wolf's Landing convention to make a break from his unfulfilling life in L.A. and move to Bluewater Bay, Washington in hopes of a brighter future.
However, living in Bluewater Bay doesn't come with any guarantees of rainbows and unicorns, as former popular jock turned busboy / fisherman and mixed Native American Calladh McCorkle can attest.
Since his parents died 6 years prior, his life has been nothing more than obligations to his uncle Nascha, who suffers from Alzheimer’s and his younger brother, who has Asperger’s, ADHD and a slew of other mental issues.
At 24, Cal has no hope of attending college, no hope of a life or love of his own and very little hope of keeping his head above water for much longer.
But when Cal rescues a stranded "rescue puppy" named Avery on the side of the road, the very last thing that he expects to follow him home is hope. And possibly love, in spite of initial impressions.
The door swung open and a scarecrow got out.Yet, somehow, Avery does manage to worm his way under Cal's protective armor and the pair begin to start rescuing one another from their day-to-day mundane existences. And it was beautiful to witness, in spite of Cal only committing to an "until we can't" relationship.
By around the halfway point of the book, I'd already guessed exactly how the story would end, so I was a bit disappointed that, although the romance was solid, the ending laid out precisely as I'd predicted, without really any unexpected turns.
And while I did enjoy the story and felt the "Avery and Cal" in my heart, there was just something that didn't quite line up for me and I didn't feel them in my bones. Not close to the degree that I did with the "Deacon and Crick" or "Shane and Mickey" pairings from Amy's Promises series.
The sexy scenes did make up for that a bit, as they were both fun and pretty steamy with some flip-flopping action between the MC's. And anyone who knows me, knows that I'm not a fan of that. Nope. Not even a little bit. (Denial all 'round on that one, folks.) ;- )
Also, while some might consider this story a bit on the high-angst side, this is Amy Lane, so for me, it landed just south of "moderate angst" on my angstometer.
Overall, I'd have to rate this one around 4 *until-forever* stars for this tale of longing, healing and hope.
My copy of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased. review.
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