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Bluewater Blues

(Bluewater Bay #15)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  211 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Jack Daley left his music career behind—along with his domineering father—and is struggling to make a new life for himself and his autistic sister in Bluewater Bay. When a summer storm sweeps a handsome stranger into his general store, Jack is more than ready for a fling. No strings attached, because Jack can’t share the secrets he and his sister are hiding from. ...more
ebook, 198 pages
Published October 17th 2016 by Riptide Publishing
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When you take a chance on a new-to-me author and it pays off; isn't that one of the most satisfying feelings ever?

I have never read any of G.B. Gordon's books before. I honestly didn't know what make me pick up this book in the first place. Most probably it was the blurb, which I kept seeing when I followed the blog tour. It mentions an autistic character, and that just intrigued me.

I loved the three characters... The adorable bumbling Jack Daley, his sister's keeper, who protects their secret
3.5 stars

I loved being back in Bluewater Bay. One thing I really enjoy about this series is how each author sees the small Pacific Northwest town a bit differently. It makes for a fun visit each time I get to go back to Bluewater Bay.


Both Jack and Mark will tug at your heartstrings. Jack and Margaret’s backstory is revealed in stages. It’s heartbreaking, and also anger-inducing. But they had each other, and the bond between brother and sister made me ‘aww’ a few times.

Readers experience Mark’s
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
I read up to 48%, then did massive skimming to the end, so I'm counting this as a DNF.

This had a lot of potential, and certainly all the four and five star ratings show that plenty of people got something out of this. I just didn't really connect with the MCs or their relationship. This was a very standard romance that hits all the usual beats and doesn't really offer anything new and certainly didn't go as deep into the subject matter as it could have. The struggles with Mark's autism were all
"There is someone for everyone." A little catchphrase I've heard all my life but never quite believed. This story is enough to make us believe. It's a beautiful love story.

Jack's younger sister is autistic. They come from a dysfunctional family. Jack is forced to run away with his sister to keep her safe. They've been on the run and in hiding for years. Finally settling down somewhere far away but always looking over their shoulders to make sure no one finds them.

Mark has Asperger syndrome.
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bluewater Blues is the fifteenth installment of the Bluewater Bay series. Like it's predecessors, this story can standalone, be read in any order, or enjoyed in the order the series is released. And also the series continues to amaze as a team of authors take turns writing each separate release providing a variety of writing voice, tone, and experience to the stories.

I love small town romances and paired with a gentle love story between two people who have their own reasons for hesitating on a
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm always a sucker for imperfect main character in my read. And when I read the blurb and knows that Mark is an autistic, well, I'm sold!
This is a sweet romance between Jack Daley and Mark, almost no angst except the memories of Jack's past.

I liked the bonding between Jack and his autistic sister, Margaret. And Mark with Margaret.
Mark and Margaret, they made a perfect team when it comes to their business, Jack!
And Mark, oh dear, he's no doubt the dominant in Jack's life, and Jack loved it.
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, part-of-a-series
*3.5 stars*

When I requested this book I was excited to read it because the blurb sounds fucking great; I knew of course the subject matter would be challenging, especially since I think it's very risky for an author to write an authentic character without experiencing autism themselves. But it CAN be pulled off, and my previous experience with reading such a book left me thoroughly impressed; this made me think of one of my favorite books of all time: In the Absence of Light by Adrienne Wilder.
Joyfully Jay
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: veronica
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

Bluewater Blues is really a sweet story. Jack is a fierce protector to Margaret, and she’s just as fierce about him. She’s an integral piece here, because she’s unable to live alone, and still she doesn’t want Jack to sacrifice his life for hers. Jack’s astounded at how well Margaret accepts Mark, but that’s only one hurdle for them. Turns out Mark’s got a pretty serious aversion to people touching him, which naturally puts a damper on their intimacy. (Only
As a disabled reader I applaud any author brave enough to tackle the topic of disability in romance as it's a complex balancing act to depict it realistically yet make it relatable to those that are not disabled. With this book the author deals with autism from two opposite ends of the spectrum as it brings together two lovers and deepens the bond between a brother and sister. It depicts every quirk and all the highs and lows of the intense feelings and emotions that are heightened for those ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, eagerly-read

GB Gordon stood up to the test after Santuario which was a great read for me.
I'm stunned speechless. If I could give this book a higher rating than 5 stars I would. It was incredible and unique in a way I've never ever read before. The way the book, and mostly Jack, dealt with Margaret his autistic sister and Mark diagnosed with Asperger (or what used to be called that, now it's called differently) was beautiful beyond words. His whole relationship with his sister, and how much they meant for one another, how they communicated was simply inspiring. It's no wonder he ...more
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One thing I've really appreciated about the Bluewater Bay series is they haven't been afraid to tackle all types of romantic relationships featuring a wide variety of heroes and heroines. Bluewater Blues is no different, two men both struggling for different reasons meet by accident and forge a connection despite one running from his past and one trying to live his life with Autism and sensory disorders. I loved watching these two work
Morgan  Skye
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, reviewed
This is perfect as a standalone, so if you’re new to this series, have no fear.

Jack and his sister have some secrets, but their love for one another is plain. When Mark shows up, out from the rain one day, Jack can tell he’s a kindred spirit. But that’s not always enough.

What is really lovely about this story is that it’s tone and pacing are very musical, just as the MCs in the book love their music, so too are their speech patterns and movements like the music they love.

This is fairly mid-level
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, netgalley-reviews
I haven't read any of the other books in this series but I'm glad that didn't stop me from reading this book. I love books that have characters who don't fall into the "usual" type of romance novel characters. The characters here were complicated and faced challenges that were not always easy to read about.

Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mike Oaks

For such a short book, it took me a long time to finish reading the saga of Jack and Mark. I never felt like the story pulled me in and demanded I finish another chapter and another and another. 3.0 for me finishing it.
Veronica of V's Reads
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4.75 Stars for this contemporary M/M romance.
Three years ago, Jack Daley took his autistic sister and fled their home in Georgia. One of their father’s political cronies tried to assault Margaret, and she lashed out. Daddy, who thinks she’s a danger, wants to lock her away and Jack isn’t exactly sure what happened to her attacker. They went on the lam that very night, settling in
Barb ~rede-2-read~
ARC provided by the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an impartial review.

The first half of this book was difficult to read, and I imagine it was difficult to write, as well. How do you create a romance and eventually a sexual relationship with someone who cannot bear to be touched? GB Gordan pulls it off by painstakingly laying the groundwork throughout the beginning, and rewarding us with a beautiful relationship between two wonderful men and an even more beautiful relationship
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, arc, on-my-kindle
I've been fascinated by Jack, the owner of the general store, and his sister, Margaret, ever since they first appeared on the pages of a book in the 'Bluewater Bay' series. I was fairly certain that there was quite a bit to the two of them and I already liked a man who takes such wonderful care of his adult, autistic sister. I am pretty familiar with the autism spectrum as I have a niece with it. It can be a horribly frustrating disorder for not just the individual diagnosed with it, but family ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Jack is living in Bluewater Bay running the general store. He has a love of music but he has given it up to look after his autistic sister. When Mark enters his store and asks to put up a notice about a local concert, Jack is instantly attracted to him and recognises there is something different about Mark. Their first dinner doesn't go well. Navigating a relationship between someone who is autistic and has sensory
Erica Chilson
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

4 Stars

GB Gordon is a new-to-me author- the writing style easily pulled me in. With realistic yet interesting characters, I found the story to be a lovely read.

Bluewater Blues is a good addition to the Bluewater Bay series, but can be read as a standalone.

Jack and his sister run a small grocery store out of their home, but they are hiding a deadly secret. Jack is a selfless soul, always taking care of his autistic and wounded
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book's presentation of autism read okay to me (caveat, I am not on the spectrum, although I know more than a little about it) but I feel pretty uncomfortable with the idea of "oh Jackson has an autistic sister so he kinda gets Mark". It feels a lot like an excuse to explain why he can "deal" with Mark's autism, because he already gets it, rather than them learning how to deal with each other (which is something that needs to happen in every relationship, not just one where one of the ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: january-2018
I started this book in the afternoon and finished it before I went to bed that evening. In fact, I devoured it so quickly that I didn't even take a few notes in my phone while reading, like I usually do to make writing reviews easier. I couldn't bear to tear myself away from the story long enough to do so!

As a full disclaimer, I do not know enough about autism or sensory processing disorder to comment on the representation of either in this book. From my ill-informed perspective, I adored the
Garth Mailman
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is number 15 in an ever growing series set in the Washington coastal town of Bluewater Bay, home to a wildly popular TV Series. A remarkable number of the locals and the Hollywood celebs appear to be gay. The individual romances share the setting but are written in cooperation by an ever increasing list of autors.

Jack Daley is attempting to run a general store in this small town and keep his autistic sister on an even keel, her one talent keeping the store’s books. When Mark an
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
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I'm a little bit in the minority in that this book didn't do anything for me. It isn't bad and I really can't think of a single thing wrong with the book. On the other hand there just isn't anything that really hooked me into the characters. The most interesting thing in the book is Mark being on the spectrum. It touches on a few of the problems but it isn't an in depth serious like Carry the Ocean. It is a sweet romance with two characters that have their own problems to face but in the end ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2017
4.5 stars.
This was amazing. I loved that this focused so closely on Jack, Mark, and Margaret, Jack's sister. While I have to admit it's probably best not to look too closely at the plot, the relationships are beautifully written. The respect shown for both Mark and Margaret and their lives is wonderful. I loved that Mark's limits on touch were what turned Jack on so much without it straying into anything BDSM related. Jack and Mark together were sweet and hot and so caring. I'd really love a bit
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful little romance

As an autistic person, I truly hope that one day I did someone as understanding as Jack.
It's not a long, complicated story, but it is well written and throughly enjoyable.
Jack has an autistic sister and falls in love with an autistic man, Mark. Mark did not strike me as autistic at first, but as I got to know him further through the story, I could definitely see it.
The autism in this story is handled well and with sensitivity. Two thumbs up for that!
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can't judge how exactly the author manages to depict the two disabilities (Jackson's sister is autistic and Mark has a sensory processing disorder), also because every disabled person is different. Anyway IMO it is done with sensitivity. I found the slowly developing of the relationship believable.
Solid story with interesting characters. I loved that the author showed two people on the Autism spectrum who were affected y it differently. It really showed that Autism is a spectrum.

I enjoyed seeing Marc and Jack hitting it off.
Another good Bluewater Bay story.
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G.B.Gordon worked as a packer, landscaper, waiter, and coach before going back to school to major in linguistics and, at 35, switch to less backbreaking monetary pursuits like translating, editing, and writing. Having lived in various parts of the world, Gordon is now happily ensconced in suburban Ontario with the best of all husbands.

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