MEET ME IN THE BLUE
Hemlock Harbor Series – Book One
by A.M. Johnson
Release Date: March 2, 2023
Kate Farlow @ Y’all That Graphic
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Trope: Best friends to lovers, second chance, demi-awakening, small town
Meet me… in the place where the sun kisses the horizon and sinks into blue shades of you and me.
Meet me there… where everything was always perfect. You and me and the damp grass at dawn and the gray dirt in the late evening rain.
Meet me where we were ourselves and not these two people who can’t even say I love you.
Meet me there and maybe we’ll remember…
We’ll remember the us we were before them, before miles, before lost hours, and you’ll ask what color the sky is, and I’ll say blue like your eyes.
And you’ll smile, and I’ll forget I ever missed you.
Luka and Rook have been best friends since they were nine years old.
Five years ago, Luka threw it all away.
When his dad’s health takes a turn for the worst, Luka must come home to say his goodbyes and mend the bridges he burned all those years ago. But coming home is harder than he imagined, and after reuniting with his family, there’s only one person he needs.
His best friend.
The one man he pushed away, the one man, no matter how hard he tried to forget, he can’t stop himself from loving.
Even if loving him means breaking his heart all over again.
Meet Me in the Blue is a stand alone, best friends to lovers, second chance, demi-awakening, MM romance, with a whole lot of small town heart, meddling moms, gossiping townies, self-discovery, a friendship forged of forts, Dungeons and Dragons, and a love that will stand the test of time.
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~ * ~ Annie‘s Review ~ * ~
I love this author’s writing style, particularly when it comes to friends-to-lovers or reuniting stories. Meet Me in the Blue captured all the emotion I’d expect from a romance between longtime friends who have spent far too long apart.
Rook and Luka are likable characters I enjoyed getting to know over the course of the story. I liked how A.M. Johnson wove pertinent flashbacks to their childhood at the start of the chapters. It affirmed their connection and deepened the palpable chemistry that steadily built throughout the story.
Meet Me in the Blue has a bit of that slow-burn romantic feel as these two hash out their feelings and past hurts, however, there is never any doubt Luka and Rook belong together. From an angst standpoint, I’d say this is moderate to higher angst, but a good bit of that stems from the external situations both characters face in the story.
Meet Me in the Blue tackles some more difficult topics for contemporary romances, including sexuality as well as navigating the death of a parent. I really liked that Rook was a healthy and happy representative of someone who is still learning where he falls on the sexuality spectrum. In fact, the story avoids ever outright naming it, focusing on his relationship with Luka and acceptance of himself—something that I appreciated seeing even more than I would have suspected.
Each aspect of this story felt well-developed and handled with care, while truly exploring the range of emotions the characters experience. If you are looking for a heartfelt story that doesn’t skimp on emotion, Meet Me in the Blue is very worth the read.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***
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About the Author
Amanda is an award winning and best selling author of LGBTQIA and contemporary romance and fiction. She lives in New Hampshire with her family where she moonlights as a nurse on the weekends and hikes as much as possible.
If she’s not busy with her kiddos, you’ll find her buried in a book or behind the keyboard where she explores the human experience through the written word, exploring all spectrums and genres.
She’s obsessed with all things Hockey, Austen, and Oreos, and loves to connect with readers!
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