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.
I absolutely loved The Deep of the Sound, so I was beyond ecstatic when I saw that Selfie was written by the same author. I held off on reading it as long as I could so that I didn’t mess up my review schedule too much. But I could wait no longer and took advantage of a severe case of insomnia to immerse myself in Connor’s heartbreak, grief, depression, numbness, and, eventually, a second chance at happiness and love once he finds himself on the other side.
Can you imagine spending a decade with the love of your life but only being able to tell one person about your relationship? Me neither. Imagine you’re a major action movie star, your personal life made available for public consumption, whether you want it to be or not. Could you then keep your relationship a secret for a decade, knowing that it would destroy both of your acting careers? I couldn’t do it. Yet because of how they met, how close they were seen in the media as friends, Connor and Vinnie did just that. Now imagine you lose the man love to a drunk and drugged up driver, and because no one but your agent knows the truth about your relationship, you’re not allowed to grieve the loss of your significant other. You’re only allowed to grieve the loss of your best friend and expected to move on. Can you do it? I couldn’t, not until Lane shoved me into Connor’s life, made me feel his pain, his loss, his devastation as he had to figure out how to live without the man he loved, without being able to grieve the man he loved, and without having anyone to turn to when he couldn’t do it anymore.
I spent a good part of this book with tears in my eyes. Lane makes Connor’s pain so palpable that I hurt with him, instead of for him. I also spent a good bit of the book worried that Connor’s grief and depression were going to get the better of him, leading him to take drastic measures. This is what made the tiny glimpses of happiness, joy, and whimsy that Noah brought to his life so important. I could see the man that Vinnie fell in love with, and I hurt for Connor’s loss of self. Noah’s appearance in Connor’s life was exactly what Connor needed, even if he wasn’t looking for someone to love or to love him. Once Noah worked his way past Connor’s walls and discovered aspects about Connor’s personality that were rather unexpected, I thoroughly agreed with Noah’s assessment that it was fortunate for all involved that it was he who became the man in Connor’s life because Noah only wanted what was best for Connor. Noah’s care, concern, and eventual love were so obvious that I couldn’t put the book down – I had to know if Connor would recognize that what he needed was right in front of him and that it was time to let go of Vinnie. That Noah didn’t ask Connor to stop loving Vinnie, didn’t expect it, made me want Noah for Connor that much more. The end of the book had me breaking down and scrambling for tissues, both during Connor’s swim and when Vinnie’s father visited Connor. And then to top it off with Noah’s gift for Connor – oh my goodness, my eyes hurt from crying so much. But I loved it – every page of it, every tear, every low moment, and every high moment. Selfie devastated me and put me back together and I must, must, must check out more of Lane’s writing. This was a superb addition to the Bluewater Bay series and I look forward to more.
For the Selfie blog tour, Amy Lane has written a few monologues from Vinnie’s video blog, set prior to the crash that takes his life. These monologues, performed by Nick J. Russo of Dark Night Sound, correspond to scenes or memories reference by Connor in Selfie, giving you a unique look at this off-screen character.
Please visit http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/selfie and select the extras tab for all six monologues, which will be updated there as they are published.
Enjoying Bluewater Bay? All Bluewater Bay titles are being produced in audio, starting with Starstruck, written by L.A. Witt and narrated by Nick J. Russo, coming soon!
About Amy Lane
Amy Lane exists happily with her noisy family in a crumbling suburban crapmansion, and equally happily with the surprisingly demanding voices who live in her head.
She loves cats, movies, yarn, pretty colors, pretty men, shiny things, and Twu Wuv, and despises house cleaning, low fat granola bars, and vainglorious prickweenies.
She can be found at her computer, dodging housework, or simultaneously reading, watching television, and knitting, because she likes to freak people out by proving it can be done.
About Nick J. Russo
Nick J. Russo has been a professional performer for over a decade, but has been voicing audio books for the past few years. He has voiced several titles throughout the romance, sci-fi, supernatural, and thriller genres, and has recently started his very own sound studio; Dark Night Sound. On top of voice acting, Russo manages Dark Night Sound with his fiance and works with a staff of four up and coming narrators. In his free time, Russo is a drummer in a pop/rock cover band, loves to travel, and dreams of one day being able to voice a role in an animated comedy series.
Connect with Amy:
- Website: com
- Blog: blogspot.com
- Twitter: @amymaclane
- Facebook group: Amy Lane Anonymous
- Goodreads: com/amymaclane
To celebrate the release of Selfie, one lucky person will receive e-copies of Amy’s entire backlist with Riptide, and an Amy Lane t-shirt. Leave a comment to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 23, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!