Monday, June 13, 2016

All the Wrong Places by Ann Gallagher

Three cheating girlfriends in a row have given skateboarder Brennan Cross the same excuse: he wasn’t meeting their needs. Desperate and humiliated, he goes to the professionals at the local sex shop for advice.

Zafir Hamady, a sales clerk at Red Hot Bluewater, has an unusual theory: he doesn’t think Brennan is a bad lover. In fact, he doesn’t think Brennan is heterosexual. Or sexual at all, for that matter. He also can’t stop thinking about Brennan. But even if he’s right and Brennan really is asexual, that doesn’t mean Zafir has a chance. Brennan’s never dated a man, and Zafir’s never met anyone who’s game for a Muslim single father with a smart mouth and a GED.

Brennan’s always thought of himself as straight. But when sex is explicitly out of the mix, he finds himself drawn to Zafir for the qualities and interests they share. And Zafir can’t help enjoying Brennan’s company and the growing bond between Brennan and his son. They work well together, but with so many issues between them, doubts creep in, and Brennan’s struggle with his identity could push away the one person he didn’t know he could love.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the first book I've read in the Bluewater Bay series, and it won't be the last. After reading All the Wrong Places, I'm beyond interested to start the series from the beginning. I realize the books are authored by different writers, but I've read the majority of their books, just not in this particular series.

All the Wrong Places is an exploration and journey between a romantic couple who are both asexual. With that being said, readers must be warned you will find no sexual content on the pages, fitting within the storyline.

I felt the author did an extraordinary job with allowing the story to flow organically while educating readers on what exactly it meant to be asexual, and how there is a large spectrum. However, with that being said, readers who need a steamy, sexy book, they will see this as too informative, not enough plot other than character-driven storyline. Often times, the story did drag with slow pacing, was too focused on the asexual aspects and not enough on their lives in general, but I do so enjoy this author's (and all of her pseudonyms) writing style.

I applaud the author on writing characters I could empathize with and relate to – this is coming from someone who has never been able to accurately 'label' herself before deciding I didn't have to define anything. The book itself is watching the journey as Brennan struggles with finding who he is.

No bells and whistles – the plot has to speak for itself, instead of buried beneath the bed while the characters are between the sheets.

This is my second Bluewater Bay Novel and I selected this one because I was interested in reading about an asexual couple. Asexuality is something I've only recently learned about. It is so different from my own experience of the world so I was curious.

So what is the difference between this asexual couple and any other couple? For this couple it is that they have no desire for sex. Our heroes, Brennan and Zafir, struggle with real life every day issues just like any other couple. They meet when Brennan goes to the porn shop where Zafir works, seeking advice after the third girlfriend in a row cheated on him. After asking some questions, Zafir suggests that Brennan might be asexual. As Brennan struggles to find answers, he keeps going back to Zafir with questions (and sent me to Google a time or two). A strong bond and an easy friendship grows and it was easy to get pulled into their world.

All the Wrong Places is a lovely romance and was nice to see a side to Bluewater Bay that didn't revolve around Wolf's Landing. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending All the Wrong Places and I look forward to checking out more Bluewater Bay novels.

Ann Gallagher is the slightly more civilized alter ego of L.A. Witt, Lauren Gallagher, and Lori A. Witt. So she tells herself, anyway. When she isn’t wreaking havoc on Spain with her husband and trusty two-headed Brahma bull, she writes romances just like her wilder counterparts, but without all the heat. She is also far too mature to get involved in the petty battle between L.A. and Lauren, but she’s seriously going to get even with Lori for a certain incident that shall not be discussed publicly.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of All the Wrong Places (Bluewater Bay #14) by Ann Gallagher to read and review.

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