Title: Selfie (Bluewater Bay #13)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: April 16, 2016 – 420 pgs
One year ago, actor Connor Montgomery lost the love of his life to a drunk driver. But what’s worse for Connor is what he still has: a lifetime of secrets born of hiding his relationship from the glare of Hollywood. Unable to let go of the world he and Vinnie shared, Connor films a drunken YouTube confession on the anniversary of Vinnie’s death.
Thankfully, the video was silent—a familiar state for Connor—so his secret is still safe. He needs a fresh start, and a new role on the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing might be just that.
The move to Bluewater Bay may also mean a second chance in the form of his studio-assigned assistant. Noah Dakers sees through Connor’s facades more quickly than Connor could imagine. Noah’s quiet strength and sarcastic companionship offers Connor a chance at love that Hollywood’s closet has never allowed. But to accept it, Connor must let Vinnie go and learn to live again.
This is one of those Amy Lane books where I start crying somewhere in the first chapter and just can’t stop.
This story is about Connor, a closeted actor still privately grieving his partner of more than a decade. A role on Wolf Landing is his last chance to make something of his career, but he still finds himself overwhelmed by his grief and adrift without his best friend.
Enter Noah. If you’re an Amy Lane fan, you’ll recognise him immediately. Connor’s new personal assistant is a simple, good man. He comes from a warm, happy family with love to share. He is young, talented, and he is working as hard as he can to help Connor manage at work.
Slowly, as Connor immerses himself in his work and he starts to talk about the man he lost with Noah, he begins to build a new life for himself in Bluewater Bay. But before Connor can move on, he must come to terms with a decade long affair that involved as much pain as it did love and friendship.
This is darker and more angsty than most of the Bluewater Bay books, but it certainly isn’t as dark as Beneath the Stain or Black John. I think this might be my favourite Bluewater Bay book so far – but I also think I’ve said that five times now. I enjoyed seeing characters from other stories in this book, but this is definitely Connor and Noah’s story and I’m pretty sure it would work as a stand-alone.
Amy Lane dodges an EDJ, mothers four children, and writes the occasional book. She, her brood, and her beloved mate, Mack, live in a crumbling mortgage in Citrus Heights, California, which is riddled with spiders, cats, and more than its share of fancy and weirdness. Feel free to visit her at www.greenshill.comorwww.writerslane.blogspot.com, where she will ride the buzz of receiving your e-mail until her head swells and she can no longer leave the house.