- Series: Catalina Cove
- Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: HQN; Original edition (October 30, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1335005641
- ISBN-13: 978-1335005649
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Brenda Jackson is a New York Times bestselling author of more than one hundred romance titles. Brenda lives in Jacksonville, Florida, and divides her time between family, writing and traveling. Email Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her on her website at brendajackson.net.
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I was seriously enraptured with this book. I found myself rushing through things so I could sit down and read again. It had a great story line, well several really. Wonderful and interesting characters, all with a story. I wanted to know about all of them! The book had a captivating and suspenseful story plot keeping thoroughly intrigued and engaged.
Vashti is a strong and independent woman, well she had to be with the hand life has dealt her. Traumatic teenage experience coupled with a shattered marriage would leave anyone with a hardened heart, yet, Vashti proves she’s still an incredible loving and caring soul. I loved that despite everything she still had a soft side and allowed herself to be open to new people and new experiences.
Sawyer, wow! What to say about this hot alpha male?! He’s an ex-military man, now a sheriff. Another character that should have a hard edge. Yet, after losing his wife, we find him displaying an incredible gentleness with his teenage daughter. Their relationship is beautiful. He is such a great dad. Due to guilt, he fights his attraction to Vashti, feeling somehow like he is betraying his dead wife.
To see these two great people finally come together is heart-warmingly awesome. But, of course the story doesn’t end there. The drama really begins to kicks up, as a hidden secret starts to unfold! One so devastating that it could be the end of the best relationship these two characters have ever found.
I don’t want to give anything away, other than to say I really, really dislike Vashti’s parents. GRR! This story is a fantastic read! The fell in love with the characters and their relationships. I’m glad they had each other to weather the brewing storm. This book is definitely a must read!! I look forward to the next story in this series. But, I really can’t wait for Kaegan and Bryce’s story!!
I read a copy of this book via netgalley. My honest and fair review is voluntary.
Vashti has a checkered past that she holds against herself more than anybody else really does. When she’s forced to return to her hometown almost two decades after scandal, she’s well educated and has made something of herself. She’s inherited her aunt’s B & B which has fallen into disrepair, but Vashti has the training and knowledge to save it.
Sawyer and his teenage daughter have been touched by tragedy, but they admire Vashti and stand by her side when everything starts going sideways. They teach her that family isn’t always a blood relation, sometimes it’s just about love.
Here’s what bothered me:
The secrets and mystery seemed to reveal themselves very early on- in the middle of chapter eight I had a LOT figured out already. If you’re one of those people who can watch a detective show and say, “He did it!” in the first 20% of the story, you’ll see everything coming a mile away in this book. True story- I slammed the cover shut on my Kindle and said, “Oh my God. I know what’s going to happen.” That’s no fun. I want to be shocked.
Sequel Bait. There was enough backstory and explanation on characters, I started envisioning what would happen down the line to the rest of the townspeople.
Extra Words. I’m sorry. I see this a lot, so I know it’s a popular writing style. But I can’t stand it. If you allow me to witness a scene between two characters, I don’t want a blow-by-blow every time they tell someone else what happened. I’d much rather you cut the extra stuff and give me a shorter book. Have you ever witnessed something, and so many people ask you to retell the story that you begin to bore yourself? That’s how I feel when every detail and spoken word is recounted to every other character.
Sexy Times. I liked the sex part of the sex scenes. However, I had a hard time believing people would think certain phrases when checking each other out. I know we’re all unique… but some of it left me confused, rolling my eyes, or ranting. I try to make sure I never put spoilers in my reviews, so I’ll word this carefully- Sawyer does something after a bout of lovemaking (I think it’s their second time) that would frighten most women. When you see a man do this in movies and TV, the girl is always freaking out, telling all her friends, and looking over her shoulder because she’s scared she’s now being stalked (and she usually is). But hey, we’re all different so maybe some women would think it’s hot. To each their own.
The “love” started happening too fast. Vashti and Sawyer have been through some crap storms before meeting each other. Understandably, they aren’t ready to have a deep relationship in their life. They just want to explore the sexual chemistry between them. But when they decide it’s best to take a break from seeing each other, both of them start thinking that it’s not just sex, it’s feelings floating close to their heart that draws them to one another. Ummm, they’ve spent a few hours together a few times and had brain melting sex. I think the “feelings” are an excuse, in the moment, to get another great lay. I can’t say I blame them, but it’s lust not love at that point.
I’m rating this particular book 2 stars because I think it could’ve been saved with a short stint in rehab. There were some great elements and characters, but the falling in love should take longer if it’s going to bust the romance stigma.
I loved this first story in her new series. It was romantic and very heartwarming. It reminded me what I loved about the Mararis series....my favorite books from Brenda.
ALL of her novels. Catalina Cove is just another piece of her well written
work. Can't wait for Forget Me Not, have already pre-ordered.