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Undertow
     

Undertow

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by Leigh Moore
 

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"An incredibly powerful sequel to Dragonfly. I found myself riveted to the last page by the dept of feeling, loss, tragedy, and love in this gorgeously woven story. This is a definite must-read." --Jolene Perry, author of Out of Play

"Undertow pulled me under and left me gasping for air and wanting so much more. I couldn't stop thinking about these characters

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"An incredibly powerful sequel to Dragonfly. I found myself riveted to the last page by the dept of feeling, loss, tragedy, and love in this gorgeously woven story. This is a definite must-read." --Jolene Perry, author of Out of Play

"Undertow pulled me under and left me gasping for air and wanting so much more. I couldn't stop thinking about these characters, and now I'll never be able to get a shirtless Bill Kyser out of my head." --Magan Vernon, bestselling author of The Only Exception

"As far as a second book for a series goes, Undertow knocked it out of the park." --Jessica, Bend in the Binding reviews

Falling in love will pull you under...

-Bill Kyser has a plan to take the sandy farms of his hometown and turn them into a world-class tourist destination--and become a billionaire in the process.
-Alexandra "Lexy" LaSalle has a plan to change her life by becoming a world-famous artist.
-Meg Weaver has a plan to hold onto Bill no matter what she has to do.

Three friends, three dreams.
One fatal decision will change all their lives forever.

In Dragonfly, Bill Kyser gave Anna the three journals that held the story behind the powerful developer's seclusion and the damaged lives of his family members.

Anna hopes to find a way for Julian to know the truth, but as she digs deeper into the tragic events of the past, she realizes silence could be the only option.

Now she's in an alliance with the man she formerly feared. And if Julian finds out what she knows, she could lose for good the boy she's starting to love.

Recommended for 15+ due to mature themes and sexual content.

Editorial Reviews

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/645069155 - Magan Vernon
"UNDERTOW pulled me under and left me gasping for air and wanting so much more. I couldn't stop thinking about these characters, and now I'll never be able to get a shirtless Bill Kyser out of my head."
Magan Vernon
"UNDERTOW pulled me under and left me gasping for air and wanting so much more. I couldn't stop thinking about these characters, and now I'll never be able to get a shirtless Bill Kyser out of my head."
Jessica BIB Reviews
"As far as a second book for a series goes, Undertow knocked it out of the park."
http://bendthebind.blogspot.com/2013/07/undertow-review.html - Jessica BIB Reviews
"As far as a second book for a series goes, Undertow knocked it out of the park."
http://adiaryofabookaddict.blogspot.com/2013/06/undertow-dragonfly-2-by-leigh-talbert.html - Tee DBA Reviews
"My God I am so emotional! I have to give a huge KUDOS to Leigh because she knows how to write a story like no one's business!"
Tee DBA Reviews
"My God I am so emotional! I have to give a huge KUDOS to Leigh because she knows how to write a story like no one's business!"
Jolene Perry
"An incredibly powerful sequel to DRAGONFLY. I found myself riveted to the last page by the dept of feeling, loss, tragedy, and love in this gorgeously woven story. This is a definite must-read."
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17901083-undertow - Jolene Perry
"An incredibly powerful sequel to DRAGONFLY. I found myself riveted to the last page by the dept of feeling, loss, tragedy, and love in this gorgeously woven story. This is a definite must-read."
Kristin Fuller
"Amazing! The characters are lovely, but they're also flawed--that sort of 'realness' and honesty breathes life into them and is truly refreshing to come across as a reader. A fantastic story with a unique execution."
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/649472771 - Kristin Fuller
"Amazing! The characters are lovely, but they're also flawed--that sort of 'realness' and honesty breathes life into them and is truly refreshing to come across as a reader. A fantastic story with a unique execution."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940148484752
Publisher:
Leigh Moore
Publication date:
07/13/2013
Series:
Dragonfly , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
237,136
File size:
407 KB

Meet the Author

Leigh Talbert Moore is the author of the popular young adult romantic comedy THE TRUTH ABOUT FAKING, its companion, THE TRUTH ABOUT LETTING GO, a SEMIFINALIST in the 2013 "Best Indie Book Awards," sponsored by The Kindle Book Review; a new adult romantic suspense novel ROUGE, which was a 2013 ABNA QUARTERFINALIST; and the DRAGONFLY series, a contemporary YA to new adult romantic saga.

A southern expat and beach bum (and ex-journalist and editor), Leigh lives with her husband and two young children in a landlocked location. To compensate, she conjures new worlds, characters, and situations while playing chauffeur, chaperon, group activity leader, and referee.

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Undertow 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
sheric12 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and how it unfolded. In this book you read a "scandal, love triangle" from each of the participants view points. It was nice how it was written because it was really reading 3 different stories. The reader learns a little bit more from each vantage point. While reading this I found myself cheering for each of the people involved, normally with love triangles I have a very clear point of view on who I want to be together in the end. This book managed to blur those lines for me.  Not only do you get the participants point of view ,the book is tied together by Anna's feelings and thoughts, and her story with a someone very close to the situation. Can't wait for story #3. 
Stacy_H More than 1 year ago
This Novel met and exceeded my expectations! I LOVED it! A Must READ!!! Full review at Books Unhinged Book Blog ~StacyHgg
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
execellent read very tallented writer
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Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Leigh Talbert Moore.) This is book 2 in the ‘Dragonfly’ series, and kicks off where book 1 left off. Anna has received the journals that Julian and Jack’s parents kept at the time when both Julian and Jack were conceived, and she’s going to read them to discover what exactly was going on at the time. What was going on in Meg’s head? Why did Lexi sleep with her best friends boyfriend? And how was the affair discovered? This was a slow and steady second instalment that built up the whole background to the story, and left me desperate to find out what will happen next for Anna and Julian! Most of the story was told as journal entries; first from Meg (Jack’s mom), then Lexy (Julian’s mom), and then Bill (Jack and Julian’s father). This was quite an interesting way to give us insight into the back story of these three characters, and also allowed Anna to work out what had happened too. I thought that the journal entries could possibly have been cut down a bit, maybe by just having us read the entries that Anna thought significant. The pace through these was quite slow, and after reading all 3 it was a bit like reading the same thing three times over, even thought this was necessary to see things from all three points of view. There were also quite a few entries about what was happening in their lives at the time that we maybe didn’t need to know to enjoy the story. Even though this was quite a slow story through the journal entries, I did enjoy it though, and it allowed tension to be built slowly. There was some sex in this book (in the journal entries), which I guess was inevitable considering that both Meg and Lexy got pregnant by Bill. Nothing erotic, but this probably classifies as NA rather than YA. I also wondered how weird it might be for Anna reading about her boyfriend’s Mom and Dad having sex. Not sure I’d want to read intimate secrets about people’s sex lives who I knew personally, but it didn’t seem to bother Anna. Most of this book was taken up with the journal entries, there was actually very little going on with Anna and the boys in this instalment, to the point where this was almost like a prequel. I did miss Julian and Anna together in this one, but it was actually really good to get such an insight into how this whole mess started in the first place. I think the person I felt most sorry for was Meg, but then again a lot of her problems were her own doing so she was hardly innocent in all this. I was really glad that Anna and Julian do seem to be together in this book though! Yay! That was exactly what I was hoping for as they make such a sweet couple. I hate to think what will happen to them when it’s discovered that Anna knows all this stuff about his parents though, and now knows who his father is! I can’t believe the place Bill has now put her in, and I’m also dying to know what was written in the letter that Anna found in his journal and didn’t read! Once again the stakes are raised, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series to find out what will happen to Anna and Julian and the gang next! Overall; a teasing glimpse into the backstory of Julian and Jack’s parents that will once again leave you wanting more. 7.5 out of 10.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much more than Dragonfly. I think the writing was much better, as were the characters. There was a lot more development and the dialogue, both written and spoken, was much improved. This book had more purpose. Also, there was no Jack. Since he annoyed me so much in the previous book, I'm in full support of his absence in this book. As I said in my review, the mysterious history of Jack's dad and Julian's mom was one of my favorite parts Dragonfly. The majority of this book dealt with Anna uncovering that history, so I was thrilled. I loved reading their story through the journals of Bill Kyser, Meg Weaver (Kyser) and Alexandra "Lexy" LaSalle. Lexy was my favorite character. She was a strong woman with terrible taste in men. She was career-focused. And then she found herself falling for the wrong man, a man for whom she never would have imagined herself falling. Her best friend's husband. I felt real sympathy for her as the events unfolded in her journal - from the creepy professor who took advantage of her to the affair with Bill and the untimely death of Meg. I could feel the longing, the regret, the pain. I didn't like Bill very much in the first book. Of course, I'm not supposed to like him. He's the man with the plan for his son, the plan that's standing in the way of his relationship with Anna. He came off as a despicable ass. But, through his journal, I learned that wasn't the case. He was actually a decent guy. Well, except for the minor issue of having an affair with his wife's best friend. But, in his defense, his wife had been deceiving him from the beginning. He was following his feelings. It wasn't right, but there was real emotion between them. I felt sorry for him. I felt sorry for Lexy. I wanted them together. Meg annoyed me from the beginning. She was high-maintenance and deceitful. She wanted Bill and she didn't care what lengths she had to go to to get and keep him. I couldn't really feel any sympathy for her. She brought it all on herself. Of course, I'm not completely heartless, so her death was sad. I felt terrible for the kids and the guilt that Bill and Lexy were harboring because of her death. I liked Anna so much better in this book. I found her more mature and focused (on something other than Jack). Jack's absence left her far less pathetic in this story. I wish Julian had been featured more prominently in this book though. I adore him. I would have enjoyed learning more about Anna and his growing relationship. After finishing this book, I'm really looking forward to the third book in this series, Watercolor. I already know that there will likely be a whole lot of drama when Julian inevitably finds out that Anna knew who his father is and has been withholding that information from him. Also, Jack is back for the next book, so I'm sure Anna will be a total crazy person over him again. But still, I can't wait to see if Bill and Lexy reunite. I want to see the progression of Anna and Julian's relationship before the inevitable fallout over the identity of his father. I'm pretty well wrapped up in this story now. Good thing the next book comes out soon. Well, October. That's close enough. I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was as good as the first book, Dragonfly. It kept my interest and I read every free chance I had. I liked that this book explained the back story of not only Bill Kyser, but also of his wife Meg and Julian’s mother, Alexandra. They are the reasons we want to know about Anna and Julian and Jack. They started this whole saga. You don’t often get to read about the other major players in a series. And you rarely get to read each of their perspectives of the same chain of events. That was unique to me and welcomed. This story line is so involved, reading the journal entries really brought to life what each of the characters were going through at the time of the most pivotal events. (And, yes, I realize I am being kind of cryptic but I really don’t want to spoil anything in this series.) Each character has his/her own good points and bad points. Each character has a valid reason for doing what they did. Each character has a purpose for their actions. Read this installment of the Dragonfly series to find out more. The ending…another cliffhanger. I can’t wait to see how this series ends. Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book, especially if you have read Dragonfly! Will I read it again: I will not but I cannot wait to read the third book, Watercolor. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago