Delaney Griffin welcomed her sister’s large family into her small home when they were displaced by Hurricane Sandy. With five noisy kids and an overbearing brother-in-law threatening her sanity, Delaney spends much of her free time cleaning up the wildlife refuge and helping at the local food bank. Still, the lack of privacy, along with having no space to dance, her only passionate release, causes her debilitating social anxiety to escalate.
Eli Forrester has come from small town Indiana to Barnegat, New Jersey with his company to help restore the coast. A high-rise worker who loves new people and new places, he fears nothing, except water. When he accidentally kicks one of the sea critters Delaney is trying to help rescue, Eli is drawn to the quiet New Jersey girl. Unwilling to take her cues to leave her alone, he is alternately put off and turned on by her odd behavior.
Under shadow of devastation, fear, and forced separation, Delaney and Eli search for their own rescue light.
About the Author
Ella M. Kaye uses her art and psychology background to create contemporary love stories with mental health issues set around the creative arts. Each of her novels and novellas fall under one of three series: Dancers & Lighthouses, Artists & Cottages, and Songwriters & Cities. Kaye has been writing romantically inclined literary fiction that branches into straight mainstream in both novel and short story form under the name LK Hunsaker for more than two decades. After many moves as a military spouse, she is settled in western Pennsylvania where she enjoys the abundant foliage and recreational lakes along with the hilly vistas. Find her at EllaMKaye.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Delaney and Eli's story is a case of opposites attracting. She's painfully quiet, he's a gabster. She's content to stay within the bounds of her world, he wants to see it all. Stormy weather brings them together, that, and Eli's love of a good puzzle. Delaney is a beautiful puzzle he wants to solve. Delaney's world has steadily shrunk since her teen years as she tries to battle an extreme case of social anxiety on her own. She needs quiet and lots of personal space, neither of which she's getting at home since her sister's family, seven people in all, moved into her one-bedroom home. Eli's construction company left Indiana to help restore the Jersey Shore area after Hurricane Sandy. He loves being around people and staying busy. When Delaney fusses at him for stepping on a beached starfish, he becomes intrigued by the quiet beauty of this nature loving gal. He falls for her in a big way, and little by little, draws her out of her comfort zone, calming her with his touch and his voice. When he's called away on work, doubts creep into her mind. Had she been played by another man passing through? I loved this book. The characters were realistically drawn. I've never known anyone with social anxiety disorder, but I feel like I'd be able to recognize it now and offer assistance if needed. WARNING! This is not a book for skimmers. You'll want to read and savor every word of this sensual romance.