Reviewed by Tammy
TITLE: Ebb and Flow
SERIES: Love’s Charter , #2
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: 18 August, 2017
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 facade.
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.
As the sequel to Setting the Hook, Ebb and Flow does a magnificent job!
Billy Ray is first mate to Bubba, who was first mate to Mike in Setting the Hook. Billy Ray knows he’s gay but as his father is the town preacher he has never been game enough to come out and admit it. Billy Ray has tried to gain his father’s acceptance but in the back of his mind he knew he’d never get it. His father has an identity crisis, ‘he thinks he’s god!’, to this end he goes around town checking to make sure the people are living the kind of life he thinks they should.
Everything starts to change when Billy Ray meets Skippy on a charter, from the moment Billy Ray catches sight of Skippy he’s drawn to him and he can’t understand why he can’t ignore him like he has every other man he’s been attracted to.
“Harcourt Anson III” Skippy, has been assigned a case that takes him to Apalachicola where he and his friends go on another fishing charter where he meets the incredibly good-looking Billy Ray. Skippy has spent the majority of his life trying to please is parents, especially his father but it’s not until he’s in Apalachicola that he realises once and for all that he’s never going to gain his father’s love or acceptance. What Skippy learns helps to solidify his tenuous idea of starting a branch of the family law firm in Florida.
The closer Skippy and Billy Ray get the more they realise they have fallen in love but to both of them it seems like a fool’s errand what with Skippy having to go back to Boston once the case is over. This is when Billy Ray’s father discovers that he is gay, he disowns him much to Billy Ray’s relief! If you have read Setting the Hook then you will definitely want to read Ebb and Flow, if you have read these books, why not? You are missing out on Andrew’s brilliant work!