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(Tidal #2)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  23 reviews
A love worth the wait.

When Riley Porter-Wright comes out as bisexual and confesses his feelings for Carter Hamilton, it severs their friendship. Carter’s rejection forces Riley to move on and he’s shocked to learn Carter’s marriage has fallen apart.

Overwhelmed by his failure as a husband and father, Carter misses Riley, but feels guilty for disappearing after Riley’s
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Published September 12th 2017 by Pride Publishing
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Apr 08, 2018 added it
Bueno, ahora se porqué me lo recomendaron tanto en tumblr... es que parece calcado del discurso sjw que se lee allí y como tal, lo he encontrado aburrido y manido hasta la médula, diálogos poco reales y oh Dios, qué personajes más poco amigables, no ha habido nada, pero nada que los haga medianamente agradables.
Como leer aún sabiendo que habia muchas posibilidades de que no me gustase es problema de la menda, no voy a puntuar porque creo que sería poco justo. Sin embargo, en mi cabecita le doy
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

So here we are back with Riley and Carter. And I couldn't wait to dig my teeth in. I had to see what was going to happen next! :D

First things first, I have to praise Brigham and K. Evan's writing. The fact is they had my heart hurting for Riley in Wake, then wanting me to give my heart over to Carter in Calm. It shows their character building is on point and their collaboration of thoughts and plots are wonderful.

Now, onto the book....
The first half gave us Riley and Carter each
Helena Stone
About a week ago a tweet showed up on my timeline and Twitter feed stating the following:

'Gay culture is being a teenager when you're 30 because your teenage years were not yours to live'.

Today, while reading Calm I was reminded of the tweet again. Not because Riley and Carter act like teenagers so much — they’re actually very grown up and sensible about how they’re dealing with their lives and their relationships — but because of all the things they have to figure out all over again, and for
Joyfully Jay
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

I am good at waiting. Seriously good at waiting. There is something to be said about the build up to the anticipation of a highly sought after sequel. Calm was that book. The first book in the series, Wake, captivated me on a number of levels and since the story was not complete, this was most certainly one of my most highly anticipated sequels of the year. I had this book for a few weeks before I was able to read it due to scheduling and I could not wait until it
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You know when you get so involved in a book at you find yourself yelling at the characters, and wanting to shake the shit out of them and then the next moment you want to just hold them and make it all go away? Yeah, that is what I went through with this book. But it was amazing to see Riley and Carter grow in the ways they needed to in order to finally get it right. Getting divorced is hard enough but when it is because you have been lying to yourself and to the people you love, those are some ...more
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
5 + Stars

I've been anticipating this sequel since the moment I closed Wake, and I wasn't disappointed. All the anticipation, heartache and angst was well worth it to finally see Riley and Carter together and happy.

This story starts us off with Riley moving on after his divorce and dating Will, while Carter, who has moved out of his home and is getting a divorce from his wife, is trying to navigate and explore his attraction to men.

Let's start with Riley and Will. Will had the personality of a
Denise Shirley carter
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I will be the first to tell you that when I read Wake, I did not give it a great rating. I was pretty upset at the fact that it basically had a cliffhanger, and there was no information in the ARC that there would be a book 2. (The author responded to my review post stating that there would be a follow up book.) I liked the MC’s, but that cliffhanger just threw me for a loop.

Calm, book 2, is the book that finishes the story for Carter and Riley, best friends from the first day of college, and
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading Wake, I was so very ready to jump right into Calm to see what was in store for Riley and Carter since everything was left unresolved at the end of the first book. And just like in Wake, there's no quick answers and there's plenty for them to go through separately before they'll even get their turn.

For me, knowing from the blurb that they will eventually get their time together made it hard to see them each having separate relationships before that could happen. It was difficult
Kaye Hallows
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-romance
After "Wake," I couldn't wait to get back to Carter and Riley and find out how they would work it out. This sequel was a beautiful, patient, honest take on unwinding the wrong lives before coming to the right one. There are marriages to deal with, children to consider, careers, appearances, parents... and K. Evan Coles and Brigham Vaughn pay their characters and readers the proper respect in handling all of these threads with depth and care.

And can we talk about those yummy side characters for
Liz Crowe
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
'CALM,' book 2 of the "Tidal" series, begins after Riley comes out, and loses almost everything he loves, including his friendship with Carter (but not his amazing job in his family's publishing business). It's a longer novel that delves deeply into how Riley mopes a while, then moves on in a way that I truly appreciated, even though I knew the end was inevitable. Carter falls into a hole of depression and misery thanks to the fallout of the cheating, but and again, the authors handle all of ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We're back with Carter and Riley once again, and their story continues to amaze me. These two are so real to me that I find myself yelling right back at them when one of them does something not too smart....

This is the story of their journey after coming out and divorcing their spouses, and finding their way back to each other. It's Riley's time spent with Will, while Carter finds a fantastic group of friends through the hilarious Jesse Murtaugh. It's not an easy journey for either of them, but
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When last we saw Riley Porter-Wright and Carter Hamilton, Riley had recently come out and admitted he was bisexual but Carter wasn't open to Riley's new found freedom and in the process wasn't there when his best friend needed his support. Now, as Carter's marriage has fallen apart, as disappointed as Riley was by the lack of support from his friend he decides to reach out to Carter and together they decide to rebuild their friendship. Calm focuses on Carter's acceptance of his sexuality and ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Returning to Riley and Carte in this sequel to Wake was amazing! I loved theses characters so much and felt so bad with how things ended for them in Wake.

Now in Calm, both Riley and Carter are dealing with the ramifications of their choices. both now divorced, they are trying to find out who they are and how to finally be themselves.

I hurt so much for each of them as they had become estranged. only to then reunite, but remain only friends as Riley was in a relationship with Will and Carter was
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been waiting for this book. The first of the series, Wake, introduces us to Riley and Carter as roommates starting college. In this book, with a lot more of life behind these two, they have had many ups and down, individually and separately. Riley came out, but Carter lived in denial a while longer. While they both married and divorced women, Carter stayed longer trying to make that work for him. He did get 2 children out of his marriage, but his journey was slower and more agonizing. ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful sequel to “Wake.” We get so much more depth into Riley and Carter with this book. We get to meet new friends and lovers who are so easy to fall in love with along with these two amazing men. There are still some big ups and downs along this journey they are on to finding themselves again and each other. At times, I wanted to feel horrible for feeling sorry for Riley's new flame, Will. He really is a nice guy; he’s just not the right guy for Riley. And, the friends Carter ...more
Patricia Nelson
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This fantastic, gripping, raw, engrossing, and powerful tale continues the riveting story started in Wake. The utter chaos left by the choices Riley and Carter made is still swirling around them and their loved ones. Watching as Riley and Carter navigate the slow, painful, awkward, obstacle strewn minefield of rebuilding their lives kept me hooked from beginning to end, reading it in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down. Get this fascinating book ASAP!!
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first half of Calm picks up very shortly after Wake.

Riley is moving on with his life after his coming out and in the beginning stages a relationship with Will.

Carter is dealing with his divorce and newly single life as he navigates dating with men.

Reading Calm requires a lot of patience as did with Wake. I don't mean that in a bad way. These two men don't get together right away. There's a lot more character growth and development of these men that I really appreciated. In the first book my
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars.I liked this two book series (that easily could have been one book) but it might not be for everyone. There is cheating by the MC's on wives they had initially (a threesome with a female prostitute which I guess allowed each of the MC's to not admit that they were gay and loved each other because there was a female present) and then each of the MC's as they started to come to grips with their sexuality dated other guys even though they knew they loved the other ...more
Lisa The Novel Approach
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read Wake, the prequel to Calm, what feels like a long time ago, and then work and life got in the way. and I didn’t do as much reading or reviewing for a while. But with summer approaching, the books I’ve been neglecting have been calling out to me. On that list was this book, one I’ve been anticipating reading for the better part of a year. The story picks up seamlessly from where the last left off. Even after such a long time, I was able to quickly immerse myself back into the lives of ...more
Okay, so straight up, I loved Wake. Calm, not so much and I think it was because it was sooo long, with way too much being said that I felt was kind of unnecessary. I was super excited about Wake so much so I pre-ordered Calm and felt kinda ripped off.

Calm could have been a fabulous love story, it had all the makings of one. Two young men meet as teens, become best friends and love each other. As they age, they journey through their own sexual awakening where finally almost mid-life, they
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Riley and Carter at the end of WAKE (Tidal #1) reached a turning point in their relationship as best friends who have always felt more for each other, but have never known quite how to act upon it. This is the rest of the story, and it is amazing. These two books really turned me inside out; as characters they become fully realized in CALM, growing into their awareness as adults of who they are to themselves, to their families but especially to each other. I give both books the highest possible ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know what's weird?
Putting Chapter One of the first book as a preview at the end of the second book.
Like, yeah, I know about that book. I just read it. And it's sequel.

Also, there was no ending to this story. It just sort of stopped after 700 pages. Is there going to be a third? Good god, how many years will that one span? It's been like 20 years already!
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K. Evan Coles is a mother and tech pirate by day and a writer by night. She is a dreamer who, with a little hard work and a lot of good coffee, coaxes words out of her head and onto paper.

K. lives in the northeast United States, where she complains bitterly about the winters, but truly loves the region and its diverse, tenacious and deceptively compassionate people. You’ll usually find K. nerding

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