Out of the Blue Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08795JWMF
- Publication date : April 17, 2020
- Language: : English
- File size : 2816 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 436 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #480,508 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Simone's writing style is good and she includes good though not exhaustive backstory with a sizable but not too overwhelming crew of secondary friends and workmates.
This is the second novel I've read by Kay Simone. The first, Untouchable, co-written with Ruthie Luhnow, was much longer, with oodles more angst. Though I think I preferred Untouchable and its heavily damaged lead characters, Out of the Blue is a good story with leads that would be great to have in your friend group in real life. Tatted Geoff was my favorite, but both guys had their great qualities, including a humble discounting of their own attractiveness and readiness to laugh at themselves.
The first meeting between the two was fun and sexy, and I was excited for what was to come. But it quickly became apparent things weren't going to be quite so easy for them.
The early impression I got of Michael was someone who lived in the moment, who knew what he wanted and would just go for it. It was interesting to find, as the story went along, that there was actually much more to Michael than that first impression. A tragedy in his recent past has had a profound impact on his life, causing him to basically have to start his young life all over again. Geoff was a pretty consistent character from start to finish- he has his friends, his job, a life he appeared to be happy and settled in. But after meeting Michael he seemed to really find a happiness that he maybe didn't realize was missing in his life.
While there was quite a bit of back and forth with Michael and Geoff, it was understandable given the fact that Michael's dad was Geoff's boss- someone he did not get a long with at all. But I loved that once they decided they were all-in with each other, that was that-they didn't allow David's place in their lives to interfere with their relationship.
The ending wrapped everything up so nicely, and the epilogue was just perfect!
Such is the case here with Michael (on the cover), a 26-year-old semi-drifter son of a wealthy and nasty owner of the major business in town, who comes out of the surf one morning and approaches a late 30's tattooed hunk named Geoff, who happens to be one of the chief recipients of employee abuse that Michael's dad hands out at that very same company.
That Michael and Geoff fall into bed instantly without knowing what is likely to happen when that ogre, David, finds out that they not only know each other but...well, let's not get ahead of ourselves here.
Point is that we get what the denouement and climax is likely to be when David gets wind of what's up with Michael and Geoff, but we are on a slow boat to China to get there.
There are several nicely developed sub characters and a lot of angst inner thoughts and public doubts that you have to wade through until you get to what turns out to be a truly special last 20% of the book when it all comes together.
And because of that last 20% the stars go from three over a road bump to four.
Geoff's boss is a piece of work. We've all had one like him at one time or another.
Then you meet one special someone and bam. The world comes alive.
Michael's friends and coworkers are top of the line.
Read and enjoy.
You know going in that there's going to be a bit of angst. There is, it never overwhelms. The big scene, that you know is gonna happen, between Michael, his dad, and Geoff is a blow-up, but it's also so satisfying. Plus, Geoff and Michael actually talk to each other. I love that with characters.
The epilogue...what can I say about the epilogue? Well, it could quite possible be my favorite part of this book that I already love. I finished reading it with a smile on my face.
Right now, in the midst of covid-19, this was the perfect read. I was happily taken into the world of Geoff and Michael and came back feeling great. I hope to return there for Jack and Ryan!
I recommend taking some time out to enjoy Out of the Blue!
I did receive an advance copy of this book for my honest review. I'm very thankful that I did.