For a Good Time, Call… (Bluewater Bay Book 17) by Anne Tenino 3 Stars!
Thirty-seven-year-old Nate Albano’s second relationship ever ended three years ago, and since he’s grace — gray asexual — he doesn’t anticipate beating the odds to find a third. Still, he’s got his dog, his hobbies, and his job as a special effects technician on Wolf’s Landing, so he can’t complain — much.
Seth Larson, umpteenth generation Bluewater Bay, is the quintessential good-time guy, content with tending bar and being his grandmother’s handyman. The night they meet, Seth’s looking for some recreational sex to escape family drama. But for Nate, romantic attraction comes before sexual attraction, so while Seth thinks they’re hooking up, Nate just wants to talk . . . genealogy?
So they declare a “just friends” truce. Then Seth asks for Nate’s help investigating a sinister Larson family secret, and their feelings start edging way beyond platonic. But Nate may want more than Seth can give him, and Seth may not be able to leave his good-time image behind. Unless they can find a way to merge carefree with commitment, they could miss out on true love —
the best time of all.
This romance tells the story of Seth and Nate. Nate is demi sexual and Seth has a high sex drive and really hasn’t had a relationship.
Nate, who is a special effects artist, is kind of clueless to social clues as well and this makes for a mess and he also waffles on the just friends thing as well.
I am happy to see Seth get his own romance. Seth has been badly treated in previous books in the series and he is a wonderful guy.
There are lots of off shoots to the main love story plot but the romance in the middled is compelling and engaging. The main conflict comes from Nate not valuing who Seth is and needing to heal himself around some issue of forgiveness and ambition. It is good stuff.
The history exploration here is great and its a fun mystery. However, it could have been better resolved which is the same for several other plots.
The dog is wonderful, of course but the actions of some of the other characters are a bit meh.
I enjoyed it overall.