Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Karina Halle’s Where Sea Meets Sky! If you’re a new adult romance fan, you should definitely check this one out. It has a little bit of something for everyone. But, you can’t have Josh. I’ve claimed him. 🙂
Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: eARC, 384 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Joshua Miles has spent his early twenties spinning his wheels. Working dead-end jobs and living at home has left him exhausted and uninspired, with little energy to pursue his passion for graphic art. Until he meets Gemma Henare, a vivacious out-of-towner from New Zealand. What begins as a one-night stand soon becomes a turning point for Josh. He can't get Gemma out of his head, even after she has left for home, and finds himself throwing caution to the wind for the first time in his life.
It's not long before Josh is headed to New Zealand with only a backpack, some cash, and Gemma's name to go on. But when he finally tracks her down, he finds his adventure is only just beginning. Equally infatuated, Gemma leads him on a whirlwind tour across the beautiful country, opening Josh up to life, lust, love, and all the messy heartache in between. Because, when love drags you somewhere, it might never let go even when you know you have to say goodbye.
I knew when I read the excerpt for Where Sea Meets Sky at the end of Love, in Spanish that it wouldn’t disappoint. (I mean, come on, it starts with Josh in a Khal Drogo costume… how could that be bad?) But seriously, I loved Josh’s journey. I loved how it mimicked his sister, Vera’s, but still managed to be his own.
But mostly I just loved Josh. He intrigued me in Vera’s books, but I had no idea we were getting his story until I read Love, in Spanish. I could’ve done cartwheels when I read the excerpt and realized it was about Vera’s brother. I was excited by the blurb because it sounded like he was putting himself out there and going to crazy lengths to try to find the woman he had a connection (and a hot one night stand) with.
I loved following along as Josh discovered New Zealand, himself and Gemma. Of course, nothing went quite as he planned, but what fun would it have been if it had? The bumps along the way were what made the journey. The first bump, of course, was learning that Gemma had a boyfriend… and that he would be accompanying them on their road trip. Clearly I wasn’t a fan of the boyfriend. I wanted everyone else out of the way so Josh and Gemma could take their shot together. One of my favorite things about this book was the role reversal. I loved that Josh wore his heart on his sleeve and Gemma was the one with walls up tight, solidly in place.
This book definitely won’t be for everyone. There’s cheating and a love triangle, so be forewarned. Neither bothered me in this situation. Gemma’s boyfriend was such an asshole and it was so obvious she really belonged with Josh that I was able to look at Nick as a mere obstacle. And a douchey one at that.
The world building in Where Sea Meets Sky, as with all of Karina’s, is wonderful. I could almost see the New Zealand countryside. It made me want to apply for my passport and hop on a plane at the soonest possible opportunity. I love looking at unfamiliar landscapes and countries through her eyes. I feel like I’m right there. And I’d pretty much give my right arm to be there now.
I won’t call Where Sea Meets Sky “full of feels” like Love, in English and Love, in Spanish, but it definitely had its fair share of them. It also had great sexy times and more than a few laughs. A great, quick read that had so many of the things I enjoy about new adult romance. It was a great journey and I’m glad I was along for the ride.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Don’t miss Karina’s next book, Racing the Sun, on July 28th!