At Piper’s Point by Ethan Day
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: GLBT (M/M), Contemporary, Erotic Romance
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.
Wacky, loving characters, snarky humor, and screwball antics perfectly balanced by emotional depth make At Piper’s Point by Ethan Day the best book he has written to date.
Sadie Hart was the anchor of Cassidy Winters’ childhood. Raised by emotionally cold and distant parents, Cassidy spent his summers on Hart’s Island with Sadie, her friend and housekeeper, Natalie, and Natalie’s son, Nate. As teenagers, Nate and Cassidy’s friendship turned passionate, but unfortunately, they grew apart after Cassidy went to college, and Sadie suffered a stroke. A long court battle ensued when Cassidy’s father put Sadie in a nursing home following her stroke and subsequent death. After winning the court battle, Cassidy brings Sadie’s ashes home, and he is confronted by his past at every turn.
Cassidy’s love life is a disaster. All of his relationships begin with the shelf life of the school year. His current and ex lovers crash headlong into one another at Hart’s Island with alarming regularity, and provide many of the numerous tickle the funny bone moments in At Piper’s Points. Cassidy’s interactions with the players in his love life drama are funny, poignant, and fraught with sexual tension as he tries to come to terms with the past so he can move on with his future. The sex scenes are hotter than hot yet light-hearted and playful.
At Piper’s Point is as humorous as Mr. Day’s other novels, but the underlying thread of seriousness brings an added emotional intensity that is absent from his other works. Cassidy’s deep examination of his past is exacerbated by all of the people surrounding him. Ollie and Spencer are friends who are ex-lovers of his. Nate is his childhood friend and ex-lover. Natalie and the town welcome Cassidy back with open arms. And Sadie is foremost in Cassidy’s thoughts. Although she is dead, Sadie is, by far, the most powerful character of the novel. Sadie is captivatingly larger than life, and I found myself reading faster and faster so I could get to her next scene.
Mr. Day’s character development is so phenomenal that I feel like I have made new friends when I finish reading one of his books. The characters have their share of flaws, but they are always three dimensional, likeable, and realistic. And let’s not forget fun loving! As is so often the case when reading one of Mr. Day’s novels, I found myself laughing so hard I wind up crying. Another hallmark of Mr. Day’s novels is the intense and remarkable bond of friendship the characters share, and I think this is one area where At Piper’s Point truly shines.
If you are an Ethan Day fan, you will find At Piper’s Point as amazing and moving as I did. If you are new to Ethan Day, you will be blown away by this talented author and immediately buy his previous works. I am waiting with breathless anticipation for Mr. Day’s next novel!
Rated 5 Delightful Divas and a Recommended Read by K.B.!