Saturday, September 9, 2017

ARC Review: Get a Grip (Bluewater Bay, #19) by L.A. Witt


Blurb:
If a tree falls in Bluewater Bay . . . could it be fate?

A year after his divorce, Shane Andrews isn’t interested in dating—not that he has time, between three kids and a demanding job as a grip. When a windstorm knocks a tree onto one of the Wolf’s Landing soundstages, Shane’s there to help with the mess . . . and so is firefighter Aaron Tucker.

A former smoke jumper, Aaron’s an adrenaline junkie and way too restless and reckless to be relationship material. As far as he’s concerned, monogamy is for penguins, and he’d rather be alone than tied down. Signing up to be a stepparent? No, thank you.

But after a scorching-hot night together, they’re hooked. Aaron is a taste of the excitement Shane’s been lacking, and Shane’s pushing buttons Aaron didn’t know he had. The more they’re together, the less Aaron craves wild nights with other men . . . but the more Shane wants to play the field like he never got to in his twenties.

This could be the love neither man knew he needed, but only if Shane gets his feet back on the ground before Aaron walks away.






Jewel's rating:



This is the kind of LA Witt story I've come to love. Get a Grip just worked for me. There was the the perfect blend of character and relationship development and plenty of sex, but never too much. The story is told in dual alternating POV, so we get plenty of perspective into each MC.

Shane Andrews, 33, is a year out of his second marriage and he's finally ready to put himself back out there. He's a relationship kind of guy, but he isn't sure he wants a relationship since he's been divorced twice already, and is still feeling the burn from it. He's also a dedicated father of three and feels guilty for even wanting something for himself.

Aaron Tucker, 46, is a former smoke jumper who had to give up full-time firefighting when a jump killed his knee. He still volunteers, part-time, as a firefighter in Bluewater Bay, though, and he's not about to give that up until he doesn't have a choice. That doesn't pay the bills, though. For that, he owns a local garage.

After a bad storm comes through Bluewater Bay and fells a whole lot of trees -- including one that crashed through one of Wolf's Landing's sound stages, Aaron's team was onsite to help remove the tree and he meets the younger, and oh so gorgeous, Shane, who is a grip for the show.


Their chemistry was apparent, right away, and there is no slow burn here. Nope, they get together for sex shortly after meeting and it was hot. So they keep it up. I was curious as to how it would all play out, because Aaron was very much gun shy when it came to the "R" word, while Shane may not think he wants a relationship, but that's all he's really built for.

Aaron promises to make sure all of Shane's fantasy's come to life, and Shane loves the idea that, now that his kids are a little older and don't need him 24/7, he can sow a few wild oats. Win-win, right? Their chemistry was spot on, too.

I enjoyed their relationship development quite a lot. I've missed that in a couple other recent books by this author, but it is in Get a Grip in spades. We get to know both MC's, as well as Shane's kids and Aaron's pets. We get to see Shane and Aaron cuddle on the couch with a movie and have conversations that aren't about sex. And I loved it. And though I felt their inevitable separation period was a touch contrived, and the resolution a touch too neat, I enjoyed Aaron and Shane figuring their relationship out and deciding to stop fighting it so hard.

I was also appreciative that, even though Shane's ex-husband, Leo, is in the book, there is exactly zero drama from his corner. He was a great guy who co-parents with Shane, even though none of the children are biologically his, and he was very encouraging of Shane to get out there and be happy. I absolutely despise ex-spouse drama and there was none to be found here. Thank you, thank you!

Overall, I enjoyed Get a Grip. I think it's an enjoyable and low angst addition to the Bluewater Bay universe.

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Review copy of Get a Grip was generously provided by the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.





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