You know, this book got some pretty bad reviews on Amazon.com, and up until the last twenty pages, I thought those reviews were totally undeserved.
This book wrapped me up in the atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest in the 70s. I smelled the humid air, I saw the blue bus where the characters lived, and the whole thing buzzed and sang with sexual tension. The characters felt real and believable and I liked that Nina focused on just three rather than bogging the story down with unnecessary subplots.
Within the last 60 pages or so, it felt like the story began to lose direction and the author fell into, "Hm, what should I make happen next?" mode.
And then there was the ending.
Which sucked, and was lazy.
Finally, a gay book with bluecollar workers instead of Manhattan uppies. The plot is centered in the Washington state Cascade Mountains. Where men actually sweat for their hardearned pay. This a gritty book and very enjoyable.