Book Reviews

Blue Water Dreams by Dena Hankins at Bold Strokes Books

Genre Trans* / Queer / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by jj on 01-October-2014

Book Blurb

Lania Marchiol keeps a wary sailor’s gaze trained on the horizon. Somewhere out there, the perfect boat is waiting to take her around the world in a self-sufficient home powered by wind, sunshine, and the strength of her will. When she finds it, she’ll sell her beloved antique printing press, retire her renowned literary magazine, and wave good-bye to her life on land.

When a suave filmmaker flirts his way into her literary life, Lania must fight to maintain a steady heading toward the high seas. The magnetism of wickedly handsome trans man Oly Rassmussen send her trusty compass spinning off course and they must reimagine freedom and love in order to sail together in the greatest adventure of all.


Book Review

Two talented, complex, and passionate people thriving in the artsy underworld of Seattle, Washington...magnificent! Plus, one of the main characters is a trans man and the other is a bisexual woman. He is center of his world while she is a bit of a recluse. However, they really hit it off. On top of those tantalizing elements the author adds some wonderful details about sailing, making this is an amazingly fascinating and well balanced book. I enjoyed myself immensely and definitely recommend this. Spectacular!

Lania Marchiol functions from a solid set of principles. She publishes all on her own an erudite literary magazine and personally produces it on an old manual printing press built in 1872. She is developing a new plan to sail around the world all by herself. She will have to sell the old manual press as a down payment for her boat, but that only goes to emphasize how committed she is to this new goal. She has a practical, skilled way to make ends meet financially and sees it as a supplemental skill to cover ongoing expenses while she is sailing. Intriguingly inventive! What an astounding character with a unique prickly nature that may adore or irritate, but she is solid in her own skin. I found her startling and delightfully enchanting.

Oly Rasmussen has quite a charismatic way about him. He is also remarkably comfortable as a trans man although he has quite a reputation as a love 'em and leave 'em kind of guy. He finds himself unusually attracted to Lania and even his business partner starts to feel a bit abandoned when Oly spends more and more time with her. Currently Oly and his partner are working on an independent documentary film presentation of the Seattle general strike of 1919. That operation is just a kick and a half to watch as a whole collection of part-time actors, stage hands, and technical folks get mixed and matched as this film tries to get made. That is some outstanding orchestration and these people party multiple nights a week, too. Flabbergasting!

A wondrous part of this book has Lania, her dad, and Oly traipsing from Seattle to Vancouver and back looking at boats that Lania hopes to purchase. Although not always at the center of attention and focus, getting this boat for Lania to sail around the world never gets too buried under the sometimes chaotic daytime action, the multi nighttime partying, and hot and sexy interludes. I was deliciously drained when I finally completed my read, but I loved every minute of it. Such an eclectic collection of scenes, people, and incandescent expressions of life and love. This is a winner. Fantabulous!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 288 pages/90800 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-September-2014
Price $9.99 ebook, $16.95 paperback, $19.99 bundle
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