Selfie, A Bluewater Bay Novel, Amy Lane

Selfie, A Bluewater Bay Novel,  Amy Lane


Genre:  Romance, LGBTQIA


I adore the Bluewater series, and have read most of the novels now. Its such a great idea, different authors writing stories around a common theme and makes each story fresh even though this is number 13. I love Amy’s novels too – especially the fabulous Little Goddess series – so was really looking forward to this.


Its a sad story; so, so sad in parts but ends wonderfully. Poor Connor, his ten year lover Vinnie died a year back, and as no-one but their agent knew they were lovers he didn’t fully get to grieve properly. Vinnie didn’t want to come out, worried about his family’s reaction and so Connor couldn’t reveal himself either. They had adjoining houses, and all their shared things, items collected over the years were in Vinnie’s house. As his family didn’t know he was gay, just thought Connor a good friend, then he couldn’t even grieve with them, be a part of the funeral or get to keep any of their possessions, all so full of memories. Sadly that’s something that happens too often in real life, and its horrible. I’ve read of long time partners being denied hospital access to their loved ones last days because of family disapproval, and that must be heart-breaking. Anyway, none of this really helps Connor get past Vinnie’s death. No one ever Gets Over a death, but we learn to get past it, to pick up life again but Connor, it feels like he’s stuck. Then he makes That tape…


His lovely agent has worried about him for a while now, he’s been so closed off, so locked away inside his head and memories, and when he’s offered a part in the hit TV series Wolf’s Landing she persuades him to take it. It comes just after the Tape incident that could have totally derailed his career.

There he meets Noah, his driver–come- helper. Connor isn’t good at finding his way round at the best of times, so Noah has been detailed to help him, and soon he’s doing more than just his job, and become more than just a workplace acquaintance. Noah is a few years younger but a very confident man, and its clear right from the start the two are attracted.


It all sounds good doesn’t it? And there were some fabulous moments, one that will stay with me for ages is that beach scene, the one where things are being burned, and another the Island one. They were incredibly moving and made me tearful, Connor was so, so heartbroken. I loved Noah, his quiet confidence, his way of knowing exactly what Connor needed and when. His family were great too and I could just picture his house. I loved Connor’s attraction for all things Kitsch…that felt like I was seeing a part of him that was very real. Yet somehow all these great bits still didn’t grip me to the overall story. I found myself putting the book down and restarting later, when usually I’m so engrossed in a story I lose track of time and the outside world. The one in the book becomes the real one for me. Its a good read, with some terrific dramas, and I’m glad I read it but overall it’s not one I’d reread.


Stars: Four, a good read, some heavy emotion that was so real, but not quite the magic five I was hoping for.

ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.



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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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