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Ten years and many boyfriends later, Cassidy Winters finally returns to the ancestral home of his late grandmother, Sadie Hart, despite the best efforts of his father to prevent it. Cassidy’s plans of a quiet, seaside ceremony to wish a final farewell to Sadie quickly unravel. Interruptions run roughshod, beginning with Neil, who walks out of the ocean and straight into Cassidy’s bed. The dominos topple one by one when the little dog he rescues from the hounds of hell brings him to Ben, the hunky vet who rescues Cassidy right back. News of his arrival spreads faster than Cassidy’s legs, bringing his boyhood friend and first love Nate Sommers to his doorstep — leaving Cassidy spiraling into a multi-layered love snafu. As if the island wasn’t getting crowded enough for Cassidy’s good taste and bad decisions, best friends Ollie and Spencer arrive in time to witness the uninvited return of Cassidy’s most recent ex, Teddy, who’s refusing to stay dumped.
Fists fly and all hell breaks loose amid mojitos and martinis while Cassidy finds himself planning a huge party to celebrate Sadie’s life. Accusations are aimed as arguments and libidos boil over, but even through the chaos Cassidy knows exactly who he wants. While he’s certainly willing, he isn’t sure if he’s ready or able for love and life at Pipers Point.
Ultimate uproar. Gloriously gay. Healing homecoming.
Do you believe in soulmates? That one person was created for you and you alone?
This story celebrates that belief and I savored every bit of it. A tale about best friends bonding eternally before they knew what wonders that involved. They drift apart for a few years, but grief and death unite them once again.
As much as this was a hilarious comedy, it was also deeply layered with notable lessons. It touches on the challenges of surviving grief after loss of a loved one, forgiving yourself despite your shortcomings, and standing your ground while fighting ‘the good fight’.
Young love slowly develops between Cassidy and Nate during their summers on Hart’s Island. Cassidy finds freedom and love at Pipers Point, the island where his grandmother lives. He lives a cold and sterile life 9 months of the year, with strict parents that have no time for him. His summer breaks however, are packed with all the love, harmony and laughs that he is missing. His granny, (don’t let her hear that!) Sadie is a firecracker and does her best to give Cassidy what he is missing when he stays with her. Sadie’s dear friend and housekeeper resides with her, along with her son, Nate.
Cassidy and Nate grew up connected at the hip, and before long, they discover new and hesitant desires. Cassidy leaves for college, Sadie becomes ill, and soon slips away abandoning Cassidy in this world all alone. Or is he?
Fast forward a few years and Cassidy finds himself face to face with Sadie’s estate, wake planning, and other ghosts he would prefer to leave locked up. Sounds kinda sad, right? At times it is, but it is generously sprinkled with humor.
Every man that wanders into the picture is delightfully gay and they seem to have a common denominator, which is Cassidy’s bed. Between his pair of hysterical best friends (both castaways of Cassidy), his recent ex, and a beach beauty hook-up, the testosterone is so heavy you can taste it. I giggled, I chuckled, and I burst out uncontrollable belly laughs. Pure frenzied awkward comedy at its finest!
I found the chaos addicting and thoroughly enjoyed the messy mash of characters. This story should come with a smile guarantee, for I can promise you’ll crack a grin or two. If you’re looking for a lovely tale of friends to lovers, with a touch of every emotion in the rainbow, this is the perfect story for you.