Piano player and Julliard candidate Brooke Starr's world implodes when her family is murdered. Devastated, she moves to the cabin in Alaska inheritedPiano player and Julliard candidate Brooke Starr's world implodes when her family is murdered. Devastated, she moves to the cabin in Alaska inherited from her aunt. Swearing to cut all ties (except her best friend) from her past and make no new connections, she takes a job on a halibut fishing boat. When the grief becomes too much, Brooke throws herself into the ocean, only to be rescued by the mysterious guitar-playing fisherman Chance Taylor. Cue instant electricity (literally, I think?) and love.
I really tried to like this one. I wanted to. I loved the idea of it. But I just could not get on board with most of it. I found Brooke's actions completely unbelievable. The writing was a little confusing, keeping me checking back a page or two to make sure I didn't actually miss some key scene; I lost track of how many paragraphs I read over again, because it simply didn't make sense. The "plot twists" were not twisty at all - I saw them coming about a third of the way into the book (and I am usually guessing up until the end). Even the sex was unsatisfying.
I was hopeful coming into this one. As hard as I tried, I didn't find any joy in it. ...more
Tenley, a student, and Hayden, a tattoo shop owner, are drawn to each other despite their own pain and horror-filled pasts. This was a quick read, andTenley, a student, and Hayden, a tattoo shop owner, are drawn to each other despite their own pain and horror-filled pasts. This was a quick read, and while there were several points where I thought I was completely DONE with it, I couldn't quite put it down.
I have some major reservations in certain regards, though. Mainly, Hayden's behavior raised so many red flags. I kept thinking if this guy were dating my sister or my friend, I would beg her to cut ties. He was incredibly, nearing dangerously possessive. There was at least one time when he forbid her from wearing an outfit in public because other men would look at her. It raised my hackles, and I couldn't fall for him the way Tenley did. However, I think he was starting to see how unacceptable his behavior was, so I'm really hoping the author continues to grow and mature him in the next book. I'm not holding my breath.
This isn't quite a complaint, but food for thought. Throughout the whole book, I had a suspicion that this was a re-worked fanfiction. The pacing, the amount of sex, some of the characterization. Again, no complaints here; it might not be everyone's cup of tea.
So while I'm not gushing over this one, I would more than likely read the next book, if anything to satisfy my need for SOME sort of ending, which this one lacked. Seriously, there was zero resolution.
To be honest, I wasn’t enthralled by any of these characters. I suppose a big part of that comes from not having read the other books in the series. DTo be honest, I wasn’t enthralled by any of these characters. I suppose a big part of that comes from not having read the other books in the series. Despite my lack of background, I did not find myself confused; there was nothing subtle, nothing that wasn’t plainly spelled out for the reader. I thought the dialogue stilted and the inner-workings of Chris’s mind forced and obvious. I was fully prepared to jump right in and buy the rest of the series, but there was nothing here to hold my attention....more