I had a bit of an indie author and romance mood recently. I had heard amazing things about this one and I did enjoy it but it was weird. Different fro...moreI had a bit of an indie author and romance mood recently. I had heard amazing things about this one and I did enjoy it but it was weird. Different from what I was expecting. Based on the title I was expecting a really romance heavy book but it focused more on the family Julie stays with. Julie is moving away to college and the apartment she rented fell through. With no where to go she moves in with her mom's old college friend, husband, son, and daughter. The family has some issues and I could guess what it was almost right off the bat. But the family is in major denial so much so that I started doubting my prediction.
The youngest daughter, Celeste, is in middle school yet she will not go anywhere unless she has Flat Finn, a cardboard cut out of her older brother. Julie was incredibly understanding of this extremely strange behavior. She takes care of Flat Finn and Celeste and takes them shopping. Julie deals with this quirky family way better than I would have. She is determined to help Celeste fit in and stop carrying around Flat Finn. She even comes up with a plan to make Flat Finn more portable so Celeste can put him in her purse.
Matt is such a sweet, wonderful, smart, nerdy, great love interest. But Julie continues to want to chat on facebook with his brother Finn! I was so frustrated by this! Matty is right there yet she continues to want to talk to someone she has never met. Julie and Matt slowly build into great friends. They have geeky arguments mostly revolving around Matt's geeky t-shirts. I especially enjoyed their argument about font nerds and the acceptable fonts and what fonts are considered uncool. lol Julie wants Matt to get out more but since Finn moved away Matt has been taking care of Celeste. Their parent's are at work a lot and their dad is always away on business.
So the romance is a bit confusing and hard to explain without spoilers. For a huge part of the book I worried that Julie and Matt would remain friends but I slowly saw small signs of it developing further. Towards the end Julie becomes confused. She thinks she is in love with Finn but has never met him. Then she has Matt who has been such a great friend to her. It really isn't a love triangle though but I can't say more. All the lies this family has been telling her to hide their dysfunction was a bit much. I have to say I would have found it extremely hard to forgive that even though I could understand what a difficult thing they were going through.
Although the story pushed the limits of dysfunction and weird, I really enjoyed it. I was very happy with the ending and the way everything worked out. I loved all the little facebook statuses and instant messages included. I wanted a bit more romance earlier in the story but then again I loved that Julie and Matt were such good friends first. I love the good guys so I immediately loved Matt. I don't see enough of his type in the romances that I read. Looking for a quirky and nerdy romance then this is definitely it.
For those worried about the love triangle. Here is the spoiler explanation of why it really isn't a love triangle. (view spoiler)[Finn died and that is why Celeste carries around Flat Finn. Matt pretended to be Finn on facebook so Julie was talking to and falling in love with Matt all along. (hide spoiler)]
“Lift up your shirt.” “Look, I appreciate an aggressive woman, but this is really getting weird.” Julie grabbed his sweatshirt by the waist cuff and lifted it up with one hand, as she pulled down his T-shirt with the other. Matt put his hands over hers, lightly protesting, but she refused to let go. “Aha!” She squinted at his shirt. “OK, I don’t even know what this is, but it’s definitely geeky."
"If you can't stop thinking about someone's update, that's called "status cling."
"It was always you. I thought it was someone else, but it was you. You were the person that I felt." ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Dori also called Seaweed by her best friend Colby loves to swim. Colby would really love to take their friendship to the next level until the new boy...moreDori also called Seaweed by her best friend Colby loves to swim. Colby would really love to take their friendship to the next level until the new boy in town, Tor, catches her attention. Especially after diving into the water one night and never coming up. When Dori starts dating Tor and notices his avoidance of water she begins to wonder if maybe the sightings of mermaids were real after all. And he is causing a reaction in her to come to the surface that she never knew was possible.
Tor was your usual sweet, hunky, and mysterious love interest. He was a little boring at first but then he does end up having an interesting family tree and history. Just as I thought I knew what was going on with him more surprises would arise. But I also loved Colby. I'm a huge sucker for the best friend left behind but Colby was a jerk to Dori during certain parts. I understood his hurt but after a life long friendship I was sad that he turned his back on her. He does come through for another important part and made my heart ache for him again. Dori's friend's were a bit annoying to me too and I felt like they didn't support her well. I didn't feel like I got to know them very well though.
Dori was fun and and took the discoveries of Tor and some unexpected discoveries of herself very well. But there was a part where she was a bit naive and it annoyed me. A very clear trap and she was just la de da I want to do what I want. Like no you are in danger! Also another thing that bothered me was the weird mermaid family trees. Seemed a lot of mermaid romances were cousins and it just oged me out a bit. Can't all the mermaids just not be related lol But looking past the few things I didn't like it was a super cute story great for any mermaid fans. The details of the mermaids were very descriptive. I loved their underwater life and the changing of the fins was an interesting detail. There was romance and action and once I was half way through I couldn't put it down.
"He gently rubbed his lips against mine, and little tingles swam down my arms and chest and throughout my body. His lips were soft and full with a delicious hint of saltiness. If this was how Tor wanted to keep track of me, I didn't mind."(less)
Delia is coming back home to Louisiana from D.C. for the first time in a year. The first time she will see Tobin again will be at the funeral for his...moreDelia is coming back home to Louisiana from D.C. for the first time in a year. The first time she will see Tobin again will be at the funeral for his brother, Eamon. Through alternating POVs and flashbacks we see how Delia and Tobin fell in love, and how it all fell apart. Each author wrote a different POV and I was really amazed how well they meshed together. Also sometimes I really hate flashbacks because I get confused but the writing flowed perfectly. I loved seeing how they met and fell in love and then wondering how it ended up here now.
Delia never could stand up to her father. As a politician he immediately hated Tobin wanting better for his daughter and I felt like he was their biggest obstacle. Even a year later, he still doesn't want her hanging out with Tobin. Delia has a new boyfriend who is a politician's son and who understands Delia's new life. But Delia doesn't really like her new life. Coming home gets her to face it. That she does not want to end up like her mom, very unhappily married. That she wants to be the girl she was with Tobin.
At first I didn't like Tobin and blamed him for the relationship falling apart. I wondered why Tobin wouldn't have a long distance relationship or fight the move harder. But I soon learned it does take two. Tobin, while sweet and willing to fight for Delia, did not handle some things as well as he should have. When Delia needed him he was scared and left her alone to deal with it. Tobin was a romantic at heart and I felt really bad for him while he relived the memories of Delia moving and them breaking up.
Eamon was a huge part of the story. Tobin's brother had lived hard and died young. Tobin and Delia both continue to remember him and he was a pivotal part in their relationship and in the possible future of their relationship. Some of their memories really brought tears to my eyes. While Eamon always thought Delia would break Tobin's heart, when Delia needed him, Eamon had been there for her. This was a very emotional story about looking back and learning to move on and also taking second chances.
"My heart for yours," he offers. "Deal."
"The problem with passion is it goes both ways. Love/Hate. The line between those two is a lot thinner than I thought." (less)
Finally got to this one! There was a lot going on and it was very emotional. I think I over worked it up in my head but I did enjoy it and plan to sta...moreFinally got to this one! There was a lot going on and it was very emotional. I think I over worked it up in my head but I did enjoy it and plan to start the next one right away. (less)