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My take on this is that the characters’ actions and words do not fit their motivations. The main story is the romantic relationship between Leah and Jack. The entire book is full of I don’t want you. I don’t like you. This is just pretend. Lets have sex. The next day Leah says that was a mistake. We can’t do that any more. Then she buys condoms. Then they have sex again. This goes round and round for the whole book.
Jack’s thoughts are I’m not going to fall for her because if she leaves me it will kill me. Then he kisses her and keeps seeing her.
There were many misunderstandings, but the worst one was when Jack heard that Leah was leaving town, so he breaks up with her. He thinks she is leaving for good. She doesn’t tell him it’s temporary. She is just silent.
These things frustrate me. The unusualness here was that Leah had issues with perfection and failure. This caused her to never finish anything - to always be a quitter whether it’s school, work, or Jack. I guess that’s why every day she is quitting her relationship with Jack - but he’s the love of her life. Bottom line - it was not a good story for me.
The best part was Kevin the dog.
There are many books in the series. This is book 8. And even though I did not like this story, there is something valuable and enjoyable. It’s like you’re there, living in a small town on the ocean, being part of the community, knowing everyone. There’s fun in that.
The narrator Annie Greene was very good as a performer/narrator, but she says contractions in a way that jars me. Instead of couldn’t, hadn’t, etc., she says couldet and hadet. If speaking slowly she says couldunt, hadant, woulden. Every time she did this my mind went “what’s she doing?” I’m sorry for complaining, but I really prefer generic TV anchor speak.
Genre: contemporary romance
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Sometimes when a series gets this drawn out the story lines become predictable. This story was just that, predictable. There were a couple of twists and a bit of excitement, but over all it was a sweet story. I enjoyed it, though it really didn't hold my attention like some. I will listen to the next book, this was definitely worth the read and worth the credit, a nice light read, which can be a great change coming off something harder. I like to switch back and forth depending on my personal mood.
I think many people would call this a beach read, though not a short one, I liked the characters, though the indecision irritates from time to time. The character development was surface and really didn't dig too deeply. I would like to see more from previous characters, just a quick cameo from the originals with a mention isn't really enough. I'd like to know what they're up to as well.
Okay, this review I realize sounds negative, no coffee yet I guess, but I liked it, it was a nice book. If you've read the others this is the natural progression.