Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: August 3, 2013
Format: eARC, 172 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Rain Wilson isn’t ever going to love again.
It’s a promise she made the day her boyfriend died in a water park accident, one she still blames herself for. Now she’s a senior lifeguard in a new town with a new pool and she’s just going to keep her head down and everyone safe.
Until a mysterious guy follows her into the waves at the pre-season bonfire and kisses her senseless. It’s just one mistake, and Rain is determined to put it behind her, until the dark haired, blue eyed hottie turns out to be her new co-supervisor Knight Mcallister.
Knight is hot, tatted, and carrying baggage of his own. He’s not happy about having Rain for a co-supervisor, and he’s even less happy about his attraction to her.
But between lifeguard drama, hot underwater kisses, and a growing attraction between them that can’t be stopped, Knight and Rain are being pulled deeper into their pasts, and realizing that sometimes too much broken can make a relationship impossible.
Then again sometimes it’s the broken parts of us that fit together best.
“[But] his eyes burn hotter than the embers between us and maybe it’s just the warm night air or the sea breeze but I’m hot and cold all at once. I don’t want to look away, but if I don’t, there will be consequences. I’d be breaking my own rules, and I’m a rules kind of girl. But for once I’d like to break them. Just a little.”
The prologue of this book grabbed me right from the start. I liked that it launched right into the story and the chemistry between Rain and Knight upon their first meeting. It didn’t bore me by starting off with boring introductory chapters. It grabbed me from the start and made me want to know more about these characters and their intense chemistry. Unfortunately, the pace of the rest of the book didn’t maintain my interest as much. Sure, I still wanted to know what happened, I still enjoyed the book, but I lost that hunger.
Rain and Knight are both broken. Rain holds herself responsible for the death of her “boyfriend.” I use the term loosely because she had just agreed to try a relationship with him minutes before his death. No, that doesn’t make it any less sad, but I question her oath to never fall in love again. I can understand why she feels responsibility and guilt, but it just didn’t make sense that she would shut herself off to the possibility of love in the future over this event. Knight’s girlfriend was raped and ultimately committed suicide. He has a “thing against rapists” … yes, that’s an actual line from the book and a total hero complex. He was also just a bit sexist in my opinion. He was always telling Rain what he thought she could or couldn’t handle when it came to her job and, frankly, it started to bother me.
Rain was inconsistent. At times she talked a big game and was spunky and feisty and stood up for others and came off like a hard ass. The next thing I knew, she was acting like a helpless damsel in distress. She just made poor decisions with little thought about what could possibly happen to her while she was trying to save someone else. But, of course, her ready and willing Knight was there to save her at every turn. Then he would subsequently get mad at her for being reckless and they would fight. The pattern of their relationship (on again, off again, on again, off again) got rather tiresome.
The potential for a great story was there. It started out with a bang. Unfortunately, I found the longer the book went on, the more uninterested I became in it. The side characters, with the exception of Amy, were undeveloped and cliché and unlikeable. The whole book just was missing the spark I was sure it would have based on the prologue. This book was classified as a New Adult, but I would actually consider it to be closer to a Young Adult.
The author has the basics. The story just needs a little more depth and character development. I would certainly read another novel written by this author.
I received this book from the author, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.