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* FamilyBusiness: Cam, Ethan, and Phillip end the trilogy running their own boat-building business. In ''Chesapeake Blue,'' Aubrey also works there.

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* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Ethan and Grace have known each other since they were young. It's implied that Grace had a PrecociousCrush on Ethan that was unrequited, owing to a large age gap.

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* DesignatedParents: Cam and Anna, eventually, for Seth. In ''Chesapeake Blue,'' Seth admits that "inside," he considers Anna his mother.

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* AdultFear: The threat of Seth being removed from the Quinn home if Cam, Ethan, and Philip can't work it out hangs over at least the first book in the series.


* AMinorKidroduction: The first scene of each book is the event that led to each respective Quinn brother being taken in by Ray and Stella as pre-teens/teenagers. Slightly subverted in ''Chesapeake Blue'' in that Ray has already taken Seth in and is driving him home; the narrative discusses Seth's first impressions of Ray.

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* AMinorKidroduction: The first scene of each book is the event that led to each the respective Quinn brother being taken in by Ray and Stella as pre-teens/teenagers. Slightly subverted in ''Chesapeake Blue'' in that Ray has already taken Seth in and is driving him home; the narrative discusses Seth's first impressions of Ray.


* AMinorKidtroduction: The first scene of each book is the event that led to each respective Quinn brother being taken in by Ray and Stella as pre-teens/teenagers. Slightly subverted in ''Chesapeake Blue'' in that Ray has already taken Seth in and is driving him home; the narrative discusses Seth's first impressions of Ray.

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* AMinorKidtroduction: AMinorKidroduction: The first scene of each book is the event that led to each respective Quinn brother being taken in by Ray and Stella as pre-teens/teenagers. Slightly subverted in ''Chesapeake Blue'' in that Ray has already taken Seth in and is driving him home; the narrative discusses Seth's first impressions of Ray.

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* AMinorKidtroduction: The first scene of each book is the event that led to each respective Quinn brother being taken in by Ray and Stella as pre-teens/teenagers. Slightly subverted in ''Chesapeake Blue'' in that Ray has already taken Seth in and is driving him home; the narrative discusses Seth's first impressions of Ray.


* NotActuallyHisChild: Subverted. Ray knew prior to taking Seth in that he wasn't his father, but everyone else assumes he after his death until the reveal.

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* NotActuallyHisChild: Subverted. Ray knew prior to taking Seth in that he wasn't his father, but everyone else assumes he is after his death until the reveal.


* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: Part of the mystery in the series is just how Seth is related to Ray Quinn; the gossip going around town is that Seth is Ray's son, the result of an affair with one of his university students. The brothers don't really believe that, but cannot reconcile the fact that Seth bears a resemblance to their father. Ray, at this point, is dead and is only giving cryptic information through dreams. Seth has no idea. It's finally revealed that Seth is [[spoiler: Ray's grandson; Ray had a relationship before marrying Stella that produced a daughter, though he never knew it. When Gloria found out, she tried to peddle the story that Seth was Ray's son.]]

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* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: Part of the mystery in the series is just how Seth is the last "stray" taken in by Ray Quinn, but unlike his brothers, he is actually biologically related to Ray Quinn; Ray. Initially thought the gossip going around town is be his son, it's revealed later that Seth is actually Ray's son, grandson, the result child of an affair with one of his university students. The brothers don't really believe that, but cannot reconcile the fact that Seth bears a resemblance daughter he conceived prior to their father. Ray, at this point, is dead and is only giving cryptic information through dreams. Seth has no idea. It's finally revealed that Seth is [[spoiler: Ray's grandson; Ray had a relationship before marrying Stella that produced a daughter, though he never knew it. When Gloria found out, she tried to peddle the story that Seth was Ray's son.]]didn't know about.


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* NotActuallyHisChild: Subverted. Ray knew prior to taking Seth in that he wasn't his father, but everyone else assumes he after his death until the reveal.


* Blackmail: Gloria, Seth's mother, is rather fond of blackmail. She essentially sells Seth to Ray and then blackmails him by threatening to take Seth back if he doesn't pay. After Ray's death, Gloria threatens the Quinn brothers, threatening to take her story to the press (painting herself as a poor, defenseless woman extorted by a well-educated man--Ray) in order to get Seth back. They don't fall for it. It's assumed that Gloria got the message after the third book and disappeared. In ''Chesapeake Blue'' however, it's revealed that Gloria was still blackmailing one of the Quinn's--Seth. Starting at age 14, Gloria blackmailed her son for money by threatening Seth's family, including his nieces and nephews. Seth pays her off for well over a decade until the issue is finally resolved at the end of the book.

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* Blackmail: Gloria, Seth's mother, continually tries to extort the Quinns for money. Initially, this is rather fond of blackmail. She essentially sells Seth to Ray and then blackmails him by threatening to take Seth back if he doesn't pay. After Ray's death, Gloria threatens the Quinn brothers, threatening to take her story to the press (painting herself as a poor, defenseless woman extorted by a well-educated man--Ray) in order to get Seth back. They his sons, who don't fall for it. It's assumed that Gloria got the message after the third book and disappeared. In However, in ''Chesapeake Blue'' however, Blue,'' it's revealed that Gloria was still blackmailing one of the Quinn's--Seth. Starting at age 14, Gloria she also blackmailed her son for money by threatening Seth's family, including his nieces and nephews. Seth pays starting at age 14 and he is still paying her off for well over a decade until the issue is finally resolved at the end of the book.nearly age 30.

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* IntimateArtistry: When Seth meets Dru, his first interest in her is both sexual and artistic. He convinces her to let him paint her in exchange for some of his artwork that she likes.


* RaisedByDudes: Subverted. Seth is raised by his three much older brothers, who clearly have no idea what they're doing. All of them eventually end up with female partners, who contribute to the parenting. However, the brothers aren't bad at parenting even in the beginning, they're just unused to having to be a parent. Much less a parent to a traumatized child. And when they get married, the women do not take over the parenting and correct it; Seth maintains a very unique and close bond with his brothers throughout the series.

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* RaisedByDudes: Subverted. Seth is raised by his three much older brothers, who clearly have no idea what they're doing. All of them eventually end up with female partners, who contribute to the parenting. However, the brothers aren't bad at parenting even in the beginning, they're just unused to having to be a parent. Much less a parent to a traumatized child. And when they get married, the women do not take over the parenting and correct it; Seth maintains a very unique and close bond with his brothers throughout the series.

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* DeclarationOfProtection: A twist on the trope, as the person being protected is Seth, not a woman. Cam, Ethan, and Philip are insistent that Seth isn't going anywhere, least of all back to his abusive mother from the moment they meet him. This is kind of hard for Seth to handle, having been neglected and abused most of his life.

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* HappilyAdopted: All three older Quinn brothers, and eventually, [[spoiler: Seth.]]

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