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Tack & Jibe

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Raised on a small island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Willa has a picture-perfect nautical life: hanging out at the beach with her friends, living in a cozy seaside cottage, working at a sailing store, and running a hugely popular sailing Instagram. It’s so convincing that her overzealous online followers register her to compete in the High Seas, a televised national s ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 21st 2020 by Interlude Press
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Lex Kent
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: age-gap, f-f, romance, sports
This was an average read for me. It read very fast, I finished in one sitting but I had trouble connecting with the plot. It was a little odd since there were parts I liked quite a bit, but there was something off, something I can’t really put my finger on that bothered me some. I think the best way I can explain is that the book made me feel a little uncomfortable.

This is an age-gap with a light ice queen character. Willa is 22 and Lane is 36. I actually liked both characters but I found Willa
Karin A
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I finished this book a week ago, and then the madness started with managing the corona crisis. So tonight I took the time to write a review. Hope you enjoy it.

This age-gap book was a fast read. Suzanne's style of writing is a pleasant one and I enjoyed the book a lot. This book is about Willa and Lane, Willa lives a lie and Lane doesn't seem to know how to live.

Willa's has a large following on social media, especially Instagram. And her life looks great on social, with her pimped up pictures sh
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Sweet beachy read.
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
On my blog.

Rep: bi/pan mc, lesbian li, wlw side characters

Galley provided by publisher

The vast majority of adult f/f romances I have read have bored me to tears, and that is not the overstatement I wish it was. That was, gladly, anything but the case here.

Tack and Jibe is an opposites-attract type romance between Willa, a 22 year old who works in a sailing equipment shop and runs a popular Instagram account, and Lane, a 36 year old ex-competitive sailor who now works as an estate agent in he
I read this book in one sitting, and I mostly enjoyed it. I loved the setting, which made it a perfect summer read with its beachiness (even though the book was set in autumn). However, the writing style didn't quite work for me - it was overly descriptive at times, and I'm personally not a fan of third person, present tense.

Rep: multi-gender attracted MC, lesbian love interest
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2020
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.

A great summer read with a lot of queer rep.
The pacing was not great especially towards the end and the romance itself was not much believable to me. But I liked all of the characters and the island and sailing theme was well executed.
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I really enjoyed this book! It was a bit slow at some times but for this book that pace worked really well.

It took up some important subjects, like for example having less money than your friends, lying/exaggerate on social media to get likes and painting a picture of your life that isn't really true and then "getting stuck" in the lies, feeling like you're never good enough for your parents etc. The book also represented different sexualities and relationships well.

The romance was slow burn but
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
A cute and funny read, I loved this so much. A great story for escaping reality at the moment. Willa and Lane were lovely, relatable characters who it was so easy to connect with, I loved how they communicated and how it was about being yourself and accepting who you are. Just a lovely story and that ending ! Happiness

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Kajree Gautom
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked this and then I didn't like it that much too.

Okay, well 😂🙈 the book started out really well. I loved the writing and the way our MC - Willa - was presented to us. Her problems, her lies, her personality. It was fun and great, although she did sound like a 17 y/o a lot of times, not gonna lie. And I loved how the story flowed.

But - it went too fast. I felt like it was so fast paced that we didn't get to see in depth of the characters and didn't really have much time to connect with the
Kelsi Reads
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

The best part of this book is the romance and the conflict that brings them together. Willa has built a devoted social media following based on her passion for sailing and her job at a sailing supply store. When a follower signs her up for a sailing race on her island, she panics, because she doesn't actually know how to sail - everything was built on a lie. She enlists the help of a stranger, Lane, a former champion. The slow build of Willa's lie felt so realistic, you could feel how t
Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it
After reading the short description about this one, I decided to take a chance to see what this one was about. Willa has been lying to her employer and friends for years to fit in. All thing come to a head when she is entered into a sailing contest. The problem is she doesn't know how to sail. In comes Lane Cordova. She is a former sailing champion and has moved back to town. Gabi asks Lane to help her and Lane reluctantly agrees. Things go south from here.

I am actually struggling to really expr
Giulia Colma
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

I loved this book so much!! Willa's story is so important in the era of social media, where we all try to perfectly curate our life and make it seems so perfect from the outside. I love her character so much, her spontaneity but also her seriousness when the situation requires it. I can say the same thing about Lane, how many times did I change myself just to please my loved ones. I believe there's a bit of Willa and Lane in every
Kate (Feathered Turtle Press)

Tack & Jibe is a very cute, very funny sailing-centric romance that—perplexingly—decides to drop the sailing plot halfway through.

The Good
– Breezy, whimsical writing style
– Lots of little funny moments
– Willa and Lane's dynamic
– Good (if sudden) character growth
– Engaging first half

The Bad
– Never comes together into a cohesive whole
Tack & Jibe stops being the book promised halfway through
– Struggles to hold attention after 65% mark
– Sailing lingo sounds like gibberish if you don't sail

Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
(3.5 stars) I didn't love this the way I loved Lilah Suzanne's other book, Jilted, but it's good. And it's chock full of queer characters: a bisexual main character, lesbian love interest, her fluid best friend and best friend's love interest, best friend's two moms, probably more that I've forgotten...

It definitely has some commonalities with Jilted. The main character has really deep-seated flaws—not just problems in her life that she needs to overcome, or a supposed character flaw that's only
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
What a sweet and thrilling ride! Tack and Jibe focuses on the developing relationship between Willa - a free spirited internet influencer - and Lane, a competitive sailor cum real estate agent. When Willa gets in over her head regarding a sailing competition, she turns to Lane to teach her in an effort to win and not have her lies be discovered. I must admit that I was rooting for these two from the very first moment that they met, and I was not disappointed! I loved their developing relations ...more
Kristel (hungryandhappy)
*arc from Netgalley*

This was a fast read, made me want to go to the beach to have a picnic watching the sunset. Sounds beautiful.
Sadly the book to me was a bit all over the place. According to the blurb we were getting a book about a sailing competition and how the mc was going to have a crush on her trainer. We got a teeny tiny bit with that and the rest was everything else.
There were many tiny time jumps, then things happened fast, then a bit of misunderstandings, then the book was over.
Aug 20, 2020 added it
Shelves: lgbt, 2020, dnf, romance
dnf @ 20% there is simply too much actual sailing content for me to be able to get into it which is unfortunate, it's cute and well written and we love an enemies to lovers but i just dont know what a boat is ...more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Ugh... I wish I wrote it.

Willa is twenty-two years old girl who lives in one of those islands where everybody knows everybody and there is nothing to do if not being miserable. And she's like this. She lives a simple life with a job, a best friend and a very popular instagram account ( with some partnerships too ). She made herself and by this I mean that she did her best to create a pleasurabl
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I can count the number of genuine romance novels I’ve read on one hand, (and they were all fantasy) but I was so charmed by the premise that I decided to take a chance and pick this one up, and I'm so glad I did because I absolutely loved it. It had a bunch of my favorite tropes, such as mutual pining, a coastal setting, and age gaps, but my actual favorite part was the richness of the characters and the realistic and mature way Willa and Lane dealt with their relationship problems.

Thank you Net
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, At first I did not like the writing, but man as soon as Lana was introduced as her trainer. I was so hocked. the author made me laugh in times.

I Honestly felt so sad for Willa to the point of crying sometimes. She was left alone. they made her feel unwanted and that created so many issues to her character. nevertheless, I enjoyed her point of view, usually i'm not into one person point of view. I felt her growth.

Loved this book and I highly recommend it. I got it today and finished it unde
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars.
Cute sapphic romance about complex characters that struggled a bit with pacing.

Content warnings include: sex on-page, 14 year age difference (22yo/36yo), oppressive parents; mentions of :absent parent, comphet.

Willa was an interesting protagonist. Pretty much everything about her life is based on lies, which is also what drives the plot of the book: she gets signed up for a sailing competition when she can't even sail.
The actual sailing competition plot only took about 50% of the boo
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it

Tack & Jibe is a richly descriptive novel set in the Outer Banks. If you've ever had your hair tousled by a sea breeze or spent any time in a sleepy beach town this read is a must. Willa is finding her way in life, a challenge in itself, not made easier by a 'little' lie she told on a resume to secure a job. When the lie that seemed little turns her life upside down she will do anything to stay ahead.

This novel flows wonderfully. The writing style is something I wish more authors were as exp
Randi (Rampant Reading Reviews)
I received an advanced copy of Tack & Jibe from Netgalley, so that I could share my honest review with you!

If you were to look at Willa’s Instagram feed, you would assume that her life is perfect. She has carefully cultivated and filtered every aspect of her world to find the most likable version of herself. Unfortunately, this “Willa” is built around a life-defining lie. Willa has made a name for herself as a sailing-personality, in spite of the fact that she has no idea how to sail. If anyone
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Willa Rogers has a carefree existence, living in the tourist town of Portland Island, working in a sailing shop. She somehow manages to get herself entered into a prestigious sailing competition despite the fact she's never sailed before and to make matters worse the whole town is behind her. She manages to convince sailing champion Lane Cordova to give her a crash course before the event and develops a serious crush on Lane.
The characters were interesting with Willa bumbling and fumbling her w
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review of the story.

Willa is young, impulsive and loves her job. But there's a problem - She lied to get her job and it's not a little white lie.

Lane is in her 30's, gorgeous, well educated and working at a job she hates. She used to sail competitively but gave it up unexpectedly.

Lane is struggling with her sexuality. Willa knows exactly who she wants.

They literally run into one another which leads to an angry introuduction and misunders
Shelf Blame
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Interlude Press for the digital ARC of Tack and Jibe!

Willa is a 22 year old floating through life, trying to find her way in a small beach town. She's a social media junkie, curating the perfect image of herself as a beach bum optimist who happens to me a fantastic sailor. The problem? She's definitely not. Willa recruits the help of Lane, a 36 year old award winning sailor who's trying to find her own identity.

The whole aesthetic of this book was really pleasing. It wa
Set on a small island in North Carolina's Outer Banks. Willa is in her 20s, lives in her grandparents beach rental 9 months of the year and works at a sailing store. Her huge sailing instagram following enters her into an elite sailing race taking place on her home island. But she has never sailed. She convinces local uptight, repressed real estate agent Lane, a former champion, to teach her to sail. That plot all plays out in the first half of the book and then the pacing and story goes down hi ...more
Phoebe E
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
**I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Tack & Jibe is an easy read that packs in a lot of complicated conversations about financial inequality, queerness, and internet culture. I really enjoyed the character of Willa and even though the story was centered around her lying about her sailing abilities, I found her to be a really endearing character. Overall, I thought the plot was cleverly done and I really appreciated the character development
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, own
3.5, rounding up.

I really enjoyed this! I was irritated at the 22-year-olds a few times, but that's likely due to me being a grouchy 32yo more than the writing itself. One of the reasons I read so many YA novels is that teenagers are allowed to be messy in a way that adults aren't allowed to, and I really enjoyed seeing a 22yo and a 36yo who had things to figure out about their lives. The age difference didn't bother me, and I appreciated how much learning Willa and Lane had to do about each ot
Kazue Sohma
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
The book was mostly enjoyable and the protagonist's struggles are entirely too relatable to a wider audience of younger millennials fresh out of college and feeling lost. Her relationships with her best friend and roommate were humorous and heartwarming. The sailing theme was interesting and will no doubt make the book a great summer read. However, the plot and romance felt entirely predictable and slightly boring. The pacing was very slow and it was hard to get through the novel at times. Overa ...more
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