Title: Ebb and Flow (Love’s Charter #2)
Author: Andrew Grey and Greg Tremblay (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 18th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
Sequel to Setting the Hook
Love’s Charter: Book Two
To achieve happiness, they’ll have to find the courage to be their own men.
As first mate on a charter fishing boat, Billy Ray meets a lot of people, but not one of them has made him as uncomfortable as Skippy—because he’s drawn to Skippy as surely as the moon pulls the tides, and he’s almost as powerless to resist. Billy Ray has spent his life denying who he is to avoid the wrath of his religious father, and he can’t allow anyone to see through his carefully built façade.
Skippy is only in town on business and will have to return to Boston once he’s through. After all, his father has certain expectations, and him staying in Florida is not one of them. But he doesn’t count on Billy Ray capturing his attention and touching his heart.
Billy Ray doesn’t realize just how much he and Skippy have in common, though. They’re both living to please their fathers instead of following their own dreams—a fact that becomes painfully obvious when they get to know each other and realize how much joy they’ve denied themselves. While they can’t change the past, they can begin a future together and make up for lost time—as long as they’re willing to face the consequences of charting their own course.
Note: I haven’t read book one, Setting the Hook, yet had no trouble following along, even with the inclusion of characters introduced there, so this works as a standalone.
Billy Ray hides his sexuality in order to avoid his uber-religious, abusive father. Skippy constantly tries to garner his father’s respect, without ever seeming to meet that goal. Their dual POV gives insight into the way both Skippy’s and Billy Ray’s fathers have both damaged the sons, with both trying desperately to please people who, frankly, can never be satisfied. The abusive nature of Billy Ray’s relationship with his father was especially hard for me to listen to at times.
This is one of those stories where I spent the majority of time internally screaming at the characters to leave their fathers behind and make new lives living however makes them truly happy. Greg Tremblay impresses again with great narration, but the characters taking so long to stand up for themselves and take control of their own lives was a bit maddening for me personally. That being said, I was really happy when the two finally came together to really make their relationship work and the HEA is hard-won and really sweet.
The story had more angst than I was expecting, a nice thread of hurt/comfort, and was an enjoyable listen overall. Greg Tremblay adds depth and emotion to the characters and the story and makes sure the multiple character voices are easy to keep straight and his pacing is terrific.
Recommended for fans of the Love’s Charter series, Andrew Grey, and Greg Tremblay.