Author: JB Salsbury
Type: Contemporary Romance
ARC provided by the publisher and NetGalley
Release date: July 18, 2017
Available at Amazon
Reviewed by 2shay Rating: 4 Stars that should have been 5. Find out why in the review.
It’s been months since Aden Colt left the Army, and still the memories haunt him. When he moved into a tiny boat off the California coast, he thought he’d found the perfect place to escape life. Then Sawyer shows up and turns his simple life upside down. Beautiful and sophisticated, she seems out of place in this laid-back beach town. Something is pushing her to experience everything she can-including Aden. But as much as he wants her, starting a relationship with Sawyer puts them both at risk. For Aden, the past doesn’t stay there; it shows up unexpectedly, uncontrollably, and doesn’t care whose life it wrecks.
Review by 2shay……….
I loved this book so much! It was fun, it was hysterically funny in one particular place…it has to do with snorkeling! It was more. We have an ex-soldier, Aden, battling debilitating and dangerous PTSD meeting a woman, Sawyer, battling back from debilitating agoraphobia. That sounds like a match destined for disaster, but their chance to make it work gets a boost from the most unexpected place, Sawyer’s identical twin sister, Celia.
We learn pretty early that Celia is dying. Her dying wish is for Sawyer to go pack up her belongings in San Diego. The catch? Celia wants all of her friends to believe that she is still alive and well, raising hell as usual in some part of the world. Sawyer agrees. She agrees to her sister’s dying wish. And then the fun starts. It was a hoot and a half to watch Sawyer/Celia have to deal with…gasp!…people! She’s learning to deal with her issues, but it’s still difficult until she meets the gruff and buff Aden. He’s no better at dealing with people than Sawyer, but for different reasons entirely…he never knows when a flashback will turn him violent. Their attraction is fast and mutual, and both are reluctant, not wanting to be a disappointment. Their adventures on Aden’s fishing boat are worth reading all on their own.
If you pick this book, and I hope you do, have tissues handy. There will be tears. In my case, they got pretty sloppy. The connection between these characters was intense and emotional. There is only one glitch in the whole story that I found.
The internal pep talk continues for a while until land fades and there’s nothing but water three hundred and sixty-five degrees around us.
This is a major mistake. I tried to ignore it, but I couldn’t. I don’t know how a best selling author and at least one editor decided it was okay to add 5° to a circle. I wanted to say it was just a simple mistake, and would have except for that pesky hyphen. That hyphen implies intent. And that puts other things in doubt. There are many things in this story about fishing boats and islands off the coast of Southern California that I know nothing about. How do I know any of that is even close to accurate if they didn’t bother to get a general knowledge fact right? It’s the reason I gave 4 stars to an otherwise beautiful story. In the event that you read this book, don’t let this distract you. I have smart, educated readers, and now you know to pass on by and…