Wedding Favors

Wedding Favors

by Anne Tenino


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Wedding Favors by Anne Tenino

Lucas Wilder's best friend is a traitor. First, Audrey moved back to their hick-infested hometown, Bluewater Bay, and now she's marrying a local. His own brother, in fact. And as her man of honor, Lucas gets coerced into returning for an extended stay. Although, between his unfaithful ex-boyfriend and his artist's block, going home isn't the worst thing that could happen. Even if the best man is Gabriel Savage, Lucas's first crush, first hookup, and first heartbreak.

The only reason Gabe hasn't been waiting for Lucas to return to Bluewater Bay is because he never thought it'd happen. Not that it matters now that Lucas is back-Gabe's still a logger who's never been anywhere (Canada doesn't count), and Lucas is now a famous sculptor who's been everywhere twice. Plus, there's that shared past.

When Audrey asks Lucas to make her wedding favors, the only place to set up a kiln is at Gabe's tree farm. Soon, they pick up where they left off twelve years before, then blow past it, discovering why neither of them forgot the other. Now they have to choose how much of their history they'll repeat, and what future they'll make together.

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ISBN-13: 9781626492936
Publisher: Riptide Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 04/13/2015
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 729,113
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)

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Wedding Favors 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JulieMaguda More than 1 year ago
Wedding Favors is the seventh book in the Bluewater Bay series. All of the books in this series can be read as standalones, which is good because there are 18 books in the series so far! I have only read 3 books in this series (and they weren't in order), and I didn't feel as if I was missing anything at any time. Out of the 3 books I've read so far, this one was my favorite. It's a second chance romance, which happens to be one of my favorite tropes. Lucas is just getting out of a long time relationship with his cheating ex, when his best friend calls and informs him that not only is she getting married but she's getting married to his brother. She asks Lucas to be her "Man of Honor" and asks him to come back to their home town to help her plan the wedding. Lucas hates the small town that he came from and always felt like he was an outcast. His best friend also drops the bombshell that Gabe is going to be his brother's best man. Gabe and Lucas have a history. Right before Lucas left town all those years ago things happened between them and then he felt like Gabe blew him off. Lucas is not thrilled that he's going to have to see Gabe again. Gabe is okay with all of this because he still has feelings for Lucas and feels like they have unfinished business. He thinks that with Lucas being in town maybe he can "finish scratching that itch" and get Lucas out of his system for good. Niether one of the male MCs ever felt like they had truly gotten over each other, so the chemistry and the feeling of unfinished business between them was sizzling. This one was a bit of a slow burn because of the issues between them, so there is a lot of build up. The sex scenes were smoking hot but because they had real emotion whether they wanted to admit it or not. Lucas never felt like he could completely be himself in bed with his kinks while he was with his ex, but with Gabe was able to open up. There were some amazingly sweet moments between the two of them that I loved too but I don't want to say them, and give away the "aww" moments. lol! The only reason this wasn't a 5 stars is the lack of communication between the guys. That's one of those things that drive me a little crazy. I understand that the story needed some of it to create a little bit of angst, but come on people, is it really too hard to open your mouth and talk! Grr! Another things I wish was talked a little bit more about was Lucas' relationships with his family. Why aren't him and his brother close? They never really said. I also would have liked Lucas and his father to have had a long talk. We learn that Lucas' dad originally didn't take the news of hearing Lucas was gay well at all. And then the next time the see each other his dad is extremely friendly but there's never any talk about it, and I think it would have strengthened the story and their relationship if there was. That's just my opinion, of course! I've never read anything else by this author, but I definitely want to in the future. Like I said, this was probably my favorite book from the Bluewater Bay series so far. I would also like to pick up a couple more from this series because I like the environment that the story takes place. There are a lot of great opportunities for some good stories. * I received a free copy of this title via Riptide Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *
ChristyDuke1 More than 1 year ago
Having just recently read book six in this series which is an anthology, and thus having read Lucas, Gabriel, Audrey, and Zach's beginnings, so to speak, I was super excited to jump right into this addition that focuses on Lucas and Gabriel, and Bluewater Bay. It's twelve years later and a lot of things have changed, but the desire and love between the main characters hasn't. They just have to find it again, or, well…the love, anyway. The desire is instant! It's hard for Lucas to come back to Bluewater Bay when he spent his whole childhood wanting to get away from the redneck logging mentality. Even though his family has lived there for generations, Lucas has never felt a connection to the town or the land. Unlike Gabe whose family has also been there for a long time; Gabe feels his roots in his land and the tree farm. Just one more reason Gabe did what he did twelve years ago that reinforced Lucas's desire to leave. Gabe didn't want Lucas to stay for him, and then end up hating him years down the road. Watching Gabe and Lucas was truly a joy. Lucas is most definitely an artist, and if you've ever known one, then you know how easily they get lost in their own heads, and completely zone out everything except what they're doing. Gabe has spent a long time working with and training horses, so he's pretty good at reading nonverbal clues. He's also determined that this time Lucas is going to have to come to him so there are no misunderstandings. "One thing he did know, though—nothing about Lucas had fundamentally changed. He was still a talented artist meant to travel the world and make amazing things. And Gabe was still a fifth-generation logger who’d never give up his roots or his heritage." Some people say that you can never go home again. I don't believe that. I think you can go home again, and definitely once you realize home isn't the sheer hell you thought it was growing up, and more people understand the real you than you had ever imagined. At least, that's what Lucas finally figured out. It took him and Gabe a little longer to realize they were both on the same wavelength, and as can be typical with some men, it took them longer to actually say it. But the ending and the happy ever after were exactly what I was hoping for. A sweet, gentle, romantic story about coming back to your first love and making it all work. NOTE: This book was provided by Riptide Publishing for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews
asgoodrich More than 1 year ago
I have been wishing for this book to be written ever since I read the novelette Helping Hand in the Bluewater Bay Valentine’s Day anthology Lights, Camera, Cupid. I really enjoyed the story and even commented in my review that I hoped the author planned to write a full-length novel about Gabe and Lucas and that’s exactly what Wedding Favors is. The best part – I didn’t even realize it was the follow-up to Helping Hand until I started reading the book. Now if you haven’t read Helping Hand yet don’t fret because Wedding Favors takes place twelve years later and the references to events from the novelette will bring you up to speed – but Lights, Camera, Cupid is a great read so I do recommend it. I loved both Lucas and Gabe. When Lucas left Bluewater Bay a dozen years ago, he set out to make a name for himself as an artist. Throughout the course of the book, we learn that Lucas is an extremely talented artist and has made a name for himself in the fine crafts art style – art that is aesthetically pleasing and functional. While Lucas clearly enjoys creating fine crafts, his passion seems to lie with creating sculptures. Just as Gabe did, I enjoyed the scenes when Lucas got lost in his art because unlike Gabe we were given peeks inside Lucas’s head at times and got to experience his creative process. I am not an artistically creative person so I found it fascinating and would have loved to have seen the wedding favors Lucas created. Even knowing that he was gay, I was surprised with just how open and affectionate Gabe was toward Lucas and found it kind of amusing that it was Gabe who was relieved that Lucas was accepting of his need to touch. Despite Gabe being a logger/farmer and Lucas being an artist, their lifestyles complemented one another well. Because Gabe works the family’s land and has horses to tend to, his is not a 9 to5 Monday through Friday job and his past partners didn’t seem to understand that, but as an artist who creates when inspiration strikes (or when he has to design and create favors for his best friend’s wedding) Lucas didn’t need to be entertained while Gabe had work to do. More often than not, Gabe found himself waiting on Lucas – which was a refreshing change for him. Even though much of what goes on between Gabe and Lucas is colored by the incident in Helping Hand you really don’t have to read it because we learn that the two men have distinctly different memories and interpretations of that night. I was relieved to find out that I was right about Gabe and what happened that Valentine’s night twelve years ago. But their memories of that night do have a huge impact on how they act and react to one another. Lucas is extremely gun-shy around Gabe and we learn that his relationship with his ex, Drew, did nothing to help his self-esteem at all. Thankfully Gabe “gets” Lucas better than anyone ever has and he does a great job of reassuring Lucas…until he doesn’t and nearly rips Lucas’s heart out. I really enjoyed watching their relationship play out – yes, even the heartbreaking parts and especially the hot sex scenes. Apparently there is something to be said for pining for a guy for 12 years. I loved Wedding Favors and the fact that I got to see “the rest of the story.” I’m looking forward to the next Bluewater Bay book already. Review copy of this book was purchased by the blog. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
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PansyPetal More than 1 year ago
It seems every contribution to this amazing series is just . . . I literally run out of adjectives.  For a series where each installment is written by a different author, well, they all bring something new and wonderful to the series.   Please note, you can jump in anywhere and start reading.  These are all stand-alone novels with the commonality being the location, Bluewater Bay.  Most make some mention of the TV series being filmed there, Wolf’s Landing, but it is not the driving force of the series.  The community of Bluewater Bay is.  Of course, this bucolic community is in the Pacific Northwest, which makes a must read for me, no matter what the subject.  *grin* I first met Lucas and Gabe in Helping Hand, one of the “Valentine” stories of Book six - Lights, Camera, Cupid.  I knew then, there had to be another story with these two guys.  They just had too much unfinished business.  Best friend Audrey’s story needed to be told too.  In Wedding Favors, it is now twelve years later for them.   Lucas is a semi-famous artist.  I was fascinated by the different definitions of his “craft.”  It kind of depended on who one was talking to – home grown family and friends who knew what they liked and what they didn’t like, or snobs from the galleries of hipster LA.  It was a rather entertaining distinction.   Anyway, best friend Audrey is insisting he come home and help her plan her wedding to, of all people, his brother Zach.  Lucas, after all, is her “man of honor” and it is that position’s “duty” to help with the planning.  Actually, it is just her way of getting him home so she can give him the push he needs to get back to the work he loves, and maybe do a little match making.  Zach’s best man is his best friend, Gabe.   Gabe is still living in Bluewater Bay.  He is tied to the land just like his family always has been.  Not because he feels it is duty, but because he truly loves the land.  Although the tree farming part of things is coming to a pause, he has other irons in the fire to keep things going.  Like the horses.  I learned more about horses in this story than I ever knew I wanted to know.  Gabe was great with horses.  He kind of had the rep in the area as the “horse whisperer,” well among a few of the locals anyway.  But, watching him work with Bruce through the eyes of Lucas . . . *sigh* Beautiful! A logger/rancher and an artist.  Interesting pairing.  The logger/rancher was really a rather observant guy.  He let Lucas go twelve years ago because he knew Lucas needed to get away and become.  The artist – well, he is an artist.  He has his head in the clouds a good deal of the time.  Maybe rather self-absorbed, but so very talented.  I really liked how these two actually complemented each other very well, once they dealt with the past and got into the now.   I liked how the author combined the story for Lucas with that of his best friend Audrey.  I know I needed to know what Audrey was doing now too.  Having her marry Lucas’ brother, well that was classic, and definitely set up the Lucas and Gabe story line.  It was totally fun all the way around.  Especially when we met Zach and Lucas’ parents again.  Mom was much the same, but Dad . . . That was a riot!   This as an amazing second chance story that grabbed my attention and kept me up all night reading.  For the Bluewater Bay fans, get the “one-click” finger working and grab this.  You won’t want to miss this one.  If you haven’t read any Bluewater Bay yet, but are an m/m romance fan, you too will want to grab this one.  It is a beautifully sweet romance that will make it to my “worth-a-second-read” list.   I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.