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Hydraulic Level Five by Sarah Latchaw
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it was amazing
bookshelves: contemporary-romance, dysfunctional-family-fun, omnific-publishing, wounded-hero

Ride the Churning, Restless Rapids of a Second Chance at Love

What a rich and deep adult contemporary romance!

Kaye is in her late twenties and still in love with her childhood friend / ex-husband Samuel (even though it's hard for "stubborn as super glue" Kaye to admit she still holds the candle for him). Kaye is an extreme sports enthusiast, and she and her friend run a PR firm in Colorado. Meanwhile, since the divorce, Samuel has shot up the bestseller charts as a famous author.

Samuel comes from a boisterous Hispanic family, and his sister Danita is about to get married. Naturally, Kaye is Danita's maid of honor, and naturally, Samuel will be in town for the big wedding. Though Kaye and Samuel divorced six years ago, is it possible for them to rekindle a beautiful childhood love?

Kaye is quite a quirky character, and I wonder if the author is equally quirky. There's also much sadness to the story about two broken people trying to mend themselves and each other.

I am so not a fantasy fan and at first I had trouble getting into the snippets from Samuel's wildly successful fantasy series Water Sirens. But when Samuel explains why he wanted to write faerie tales for his little "firecracker" Kaye (cutest nickname ever), I fell for the fantasy completely.

Having finished his fantasy series, Samuel moves on to writing a memoir of his childhood love of Kaye, and excerpts from this story alternate with present events. It makes for interesting reading.

There are some humorous moments in the story, like the time Kaye's attorney pretends to be her lesbian lover in order to make Samuel jealous, as well as:

The morning had been spent calmly arguing over the phone with a ski rental client about why "Going down with you since 1973" was not a family-oriented business slogan.

When we exited the theater after seeing Titanic, Hector shouted, "Hurry up, Kaye! There's only enough cars in the parking lot for half of us!"

Kaye describing a spat between Samuel and his posh editor Caroline: There was tension in Versaceville

The characters develop in a gradual, satisfying way. Both Kaye and Samuel were young when they married, and have made plenty mistakes. Samuel comes from a troubled background that makes you want to hug him.

"I don't need your pity," he said gently, firmly. "I'm a grown man, Kaye -- not that little boy anymore."

"But it doesn't mean I can't feel pain for that little boy. Or that I love him any less," I quietly added.

I like when Kaye says:

"Samuel, you have to get it into your head that when you shield people -- me, Danita -- from the big, bad world, you cause more harm than good."

This was a touching story and I'm excited there will be a sequel titled Skygods.
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Reading Progress

November 2, 2013 – Started Reading
November 2, 2013 – Shelved
November 3, 2013 –
8.0% "Eep, the ex is coming back to town."
November 5, 2013 –
17.0% "So funny that she spoilered the readers in line."
November 5, 2013 –
29.0% "Fake lesbian convo was hilarious then ended on a sad note. There's hope for these two!"
November 6, 2013 –
38.0% "Crickets!"
November 6, 2013 –
43.0% "Not sure how I feel about the pranks."
November 7, 2013 –
49.0% "What secrets are you hiding, Samuel?"
November 11, 2013 – Shelved as: contemporary-romance
November 11, 2013 – Shelved as: dysfunctional-family-fun
November 11, 2013 – Shelved as: omnific-publishing
November 11, 2013 – Shelved as: wounded-hero
November 11, 2013 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Annette (new)

Annette Dellosa Hi Jennifer, is there a cliffhanger?

Jennifer Lane No cliffhanger, Annette.

Lani ⚔⚔  the Destroyer ⚔⚔ Is there a HEA at the end of this one?

Jennifer Lane Lani, it's been a while since I read this so I can't say there's a definitive HEA but I did feel like the characters showed a lot of growth to give it a satisfying ending, yet there was still some left unresolved. The sequel Skygods is launching soon.

message 5: by Lani ⚔⚔ the Destroyer ⚔⚔ (last edited Aug 18, 2014 04:22PM) (new) - added it

Lani ⚔⚔  the Destroyer ⚔⚔ OK - I will wait for the sequel so I can read them back to back if I enjoy book 1. I hate the wait (I am such a glutton) ;) There isn't cheating or anything in it is there? Cheating is a no go for me

Jennifer Lane many conditions, LOL. I can't remember the specific storyline about possible cheating in the past? This book is about a couple who are currently not together and there are a lot of flashbacks to how their relationship started in childhood. So there is a fair amount of sadness but you get the sense the couple is working toward reuniting. I obviously loved this book so I do recommend it!

~♡AB♡~ Wonderful review Jennifer :-D

Jennifer Lane Thank you, Arabella! You're working your way through the Outlander series? Love it.

~♡AB♡~ Jennifer wrote: "Thank you, Arabella! You're working your way through the Outlander series? Love it."

Yes, slowly but surely :-)

Mysza Ah, fabulous review Jennifer. I agree with everything. This was one beautiful story! xxx

Jennifer Lane Thank you, Mysza! I want to read Skygods soon.

Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog BEAUTIFUL review Hun!! :)

Jennifer Lane Thank you, sweetheart!

Mysza Jennifer wrote: "Thank you, Mysza! I want to read Skygods soon."

Ah, I'm starting tomorrow, can't wait to see what happens next! xxx

Jennifer Lane That's awesome! Looking forward to your reviews.

message 16: by Anne OK (new)

Anne OK Don't know how I missed this long ago, but I think it was a stroke of luck since it took 2 years for the second book, and the third in the trilogy was just released this month. But now I'm going to grab all three. Sounds very entertaining.

Jennifer Lane Hi Anne, I saw that Fourteeners just released--good for the author to continue the series. Hope you enjoy!

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