3.5 stars, rounded down to 3 for GR because if I hadn't been reading this for two challenges, I would have put it down in the first 15% or so.
I had hi3.5 stars, rounded down to 3 for GR because if I hadn't been reading this for two challenges, I would have put it down in the first 15% or so.
I had higher hopes for this one, having read & enjoyed Ethan Day's books previously, but the first 1/5 or so was all over the place and often seemingly random. (view spoiler)[A guy the hero's never seen before walks up to him when he (hero) has fallen asleep naked on a private beach, and not five minutes and fifty words later, they have their tongues down each other's throats? Seriously? I know men can be fast sometimes, but wow, there didn't seem to be much justification for this. (hide spoiler)] It didn't help that there was no formatting for changes in scene or POV, but the beginning chapters seemed to be a mismash of establishing Cassidy's backstory and character. Once the other MC finally shows up (though I didn't know who it was going to be at the time), the book gets a bit more orderly and enjoyable. I really loved the locale -- a small island of the coast of North Carolina, complete with all the feeling of a small island town where they take care of their own and don't have much truck with mainlanders. The pet aspect was sweet, too -- a little Yorkie that MC #1 rescues from some feral dogs. The dog actually has a role as a secondary character, she's not just window dressing, and I like that a lot. The problems of randomness showed up later in the book, too. I think some tighter editing and cutting maybe 20% would have helped a lot. Overall a decent beach read and great tribute to MC #1's deceased grandmother and the importance of loving family, both blood family and chosen family.["br"]>["br"]>...more
For some reason, I have a thing for medical stuff, especially doctors. I liked the dichotomy of the suave, confident Julian when he was in his officeFor some reason, I have a thing for medical stuff, especially doctors. I liked the dichotomy of the suave, confident Julian when he was in his office wearing his lab coat, versus the shy man he was when not at work. Great complementary match for oil rig engineer Jackson. I LOVED their flirting, loved the way their relationship progressed, loved the secondary characters, and loved the small town Canada setting. What kept this from being higher rated for me, however, was that was started out as a fun, light-hearted read soon turned really serious and dark, with quite a few bad things happening, and I felt like it was overkill to have so much external conflict. To me, the second half of the book seemed a lot more like a melodramatic chick lit novel than a romance, but I have a high sensitivity to stuff like that....more
I really wanted to like this story, but it's hard for me to feel romantic or sexy when a story begins with the death of a pet. I was too busy grievingI really wanted to like this story, but it's hard for me to feel romantic or sexy when a story begins with the death of a pet. I was too busy grieving to enjoy the rest of the story, otherwise it might have been a 4 star read. Maybe. The conflict is one that's old and tired for me, that makes me roll my eyes at characters at best, smack them at worst. All this doesn't meant I won't try something else from this author in the future, though....more
I usually don't care for tear jerkers, but this is one of those rare stories where it's worth it. The point of view is all in first person, some sceneI usually don't care for tear jerkers, but this is one of those rare stories where it's worth it. The point of view is all in first person, some scenes from Charles' POV, some from Job's, and I loved that, as well as the tattoos with stories behind them and the pets. Very well written, so engaging and immersing. I can hardly wait for more from this author!...more