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Posted May 11, 2013
4.5 stars Gage has returned to Crescent Cove to unwind after a
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Gage has returned to Crescent Cove to unwind after a harrowing experience in the field. He wants to spend some time with Skye, his pen pal while he was away on his assignment. He also wants to find some peace of mind and get over some of the demons he has brought with him from his last assignment. He wants to relax, unwind and maybe hook up a time or ten. He is not, however, looking to find a woman that makes him deal with his past and reconsider his future.
Skye remembers Gage fondly from his days spent at the Cove when he was young. Although she has kept constant communication with him through letters she doesn't want to draw his attention or get too close to him. She is barely making it through the night as it is after a scary encounter during low season at the Cove. An event that has her questioning her decision to stay at the Cove come Fall.
However, through shared moments and funny and revealing dialog Skye opens up to Gage until one day their attraction becomes too much to deny and they come together. Now the question remains if the demons that they both carry with them will bring them closer forever or tear them apart.
I so loved this story! After having read all the previous installments in the series, I thought I knew what to expect from this author - a great romantic love story with some angst and sizzling chemistry. Yes, author Christie Ridgway delivered on this front, but she also brought so much more to the page! The range of emotions alone had me gripping my tablet because they felt so real to me. And the chemistry between these two? Geez, that first kiss was everything I was waiting for and then some!
I appreciated the way the author developed Skye and Gage's relationship from friends to lovers. I loved the fact that with each moment they spent together, their armor against feeling something for each other started to crumble. I could see how Skye was torn between opening herself to Gage and telling him her secrets or living her life in the shadows of that unfortunate event. I admired her strength of character and her determination to get through this and enjoy Gage's company knowing how it would end.
And Gage? Well, he just melted my heart with his flirtatious banter, his loyalty to his family, his caring and tender side and his tortured soul. He was sexy and strong, funny and easy going, but underneath all that lay layers upon layers of fear and hurt. I admired his determination to keep everyone at bay about his struggles and how in the end he just let go and gave into this new beginning he had started with Skye. I loved him!
The Love Shack is the third installment in the Beach House No. 9 series and although it can be read as a stand alone, if you haven't read the previous books, I encourage to do so. Then you could meet the whole set of characters that appear in this story and see how Skye interacts with them. I believe that this helped me understand how much what she experienced affected her and how she related to others.
I received this title from Harlequin through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.
Posted April 26, 2013
The Love Shack gives us complex, damaged characters who have to
The Love Shack gives us complex, damaged characters who have to deal with a lot. They are compelling – pulling on your heart strings and making you sigh with both happiness and sorrow (and maybe wanting to thump them on the head a time or two). Full review at BookTrib or RomanticReadsandSuch (dot) wordpress (dot) comWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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