Cupid is visiting Bluewater Bay, and he’s leaving chaos in his wake.Nothing’s been the same in this sleepy little logging town since Hollywood came to shoot the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing—especially Valentine’s Day.In L.A. Witt’s Just Another Day, beloved actors Levi Pritchard and Carter Samuels have an announcement for their fans, while in Z.A. Maxfield’s I’ll Be There, actor Spencer Kepler and his boyfriend Nash Holly brave a blizzard and a fan convention to spend their first February the 14th together.
Of course, it’s not just TV stars celebrating the day. In Anne Tenino’s Helping Hand, an aspiring artist eager to escape Bluewater Bay decides he just might have a reason to stay: lust-inspiring logger Gabriel Savage. In S.E. Jakes’s No Easy Way, a local teacher reconnects with an old lover working security on the film set. And in Amy Lane’s Nascha, a Bluewater Bay elder recalls how his own unconventional family used to celebrate the holiday.
It’s hard giving an overall rating considering each story was so different. But here’s a rundown on how I felt about the stories in Lights! Camera! Cupid!
**** In L.A. Witt’s Just Another Day, we get a little more of Levi and Carter. First off, I was thrilled to have more of these two. Loved Levi’s issues with V-day and especially how he and Carter ‘worked’ things out. This story carries 4 stars for me.
* Amy Lane’s Nascha was…confusing. It wasn’t a romance – which I expected. I’m not sure what it was actually. It went back and forth through time, had the character go through hell, and yet I didn’t ‘feel’ anything about it. This story just did nothing for me. The ending didn’t have resolution. Sure, Nascha had somewhere to go, but what about his nephews? Especially the one whose life is ruined. Truly did not like this story.
*** No Easy Way by SE Jakes was okay. It just wasn’t satisfying to me. Yes, there were reasons the one character left and came back. It’s one of those stories that had so much potential, but the buildup just never really happened for me and the ending felt lackluster.
*** Anne Tenino’s Helping Hand was another one that just never went anywhere for me. I liked the part with our hero and his family, especially the fact his father was trying to understand…after his wife talked to him. But the whole part about Gabriel didn’t quite sit well for me. I’m not sure I trusted him. However, still one of the better stories in this set.
***** As far as Z.A. Maxfield’s I’ll Be There is concerned? OMG So loved this story. Not only how wonderful Nash and Spencer still are together, but Nash’s brother and his buddies stole the show. I’d love to have a story about the uber intelligent twin 😀
Over all, it was a disappointment because I expected updates on all the previous stories out and that’s not what happened. But I’m still happy I read it just for the sake of I’ll Be There and Just Another Day. Those two stories make this collection worthwhile.Amazon | Barnes & Noble