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Shag Lake Paperback – August 10, 2017
About the Author
Susan McEachern is originally from Nova Scotia, where she attended Dalhousie University and earned an honors degree in Sustainable Development with a focus on oceans. Now a writer, traveller, and Air Force wife, Susan moves around too much to say she's from any one place. She is a member of the published author's network of the Romance Writers of America (RWA PAN) and Novelists Inc. (Ninc). Shag Lake is her debut new adult sci-fi adventure. Her very first book, Sunset Rising penned as S.M. McEachern, won the 2015 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Award.
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The story started up with everyone back together, since Geri McKenna's older brother is getting married. Even Sean Eastman was there, and her brother's friend had been completely MIA for the last eight years. I was so nervous for the moment Geri would see Sean again. Not only has she had a crush on him forever, but their last moment together involved a kiss that didn't end in the greatest of ways. I was so thankful that there was dual narrative between Geri and Sean, so we knew exactly what they were thinking and feeling. And when they did see each other, I was happy that there was a strong chemistry between them.
Fast forward to Shag Lake. A women claimed Bigfoot attacked her, and her hiking partner is still missing. Geri and Sean head there separately, but for entirely different reasons. Geri thinks this news story about Bigfoot will catapult her career, and be the big break she's been waiting for. Whereas Sean has every reason under the sun to want to stop Geri in her tracks. And this is where the action starts and their sexual chemistry gets ratcheted up!
As I got closer to the end of the book, I was obsessed with how it all came together. Completely genius! And while I'm being vague about what happens when they're both at Shag Lake, it's because it'll be so much more fun to discover on your own. But I can say that I loved the characters! Geri was smart, determined, brave, yet she could still be so unsure of herself around Sean. I loved how relatable she was! And Sean was *starts wiping tears from eyes because he was so beautifully perfect* someone I fell completely in love with. He was loyal, seductive, protective, playful and ever so sexy. I have to mention the word balcony, because when you get to that part and see what he does, how could I not fall for such a caring, protective, fierce man?! I love, love, love him!
And here's two thoughts on the creatures and villains in this book.....although I'm not going to give anything away -
*The "creatures" in this book was the most unique combination I've ever read about! Together they were original, and I was fascinated with how they interacted. There were some surprises in regards to what they were capable of and how they were all connected.
*The "bad guy" wasn't that cut and dry. While one of the creatures comes across as bad, you see that as the story starts to unfold there are so many shades of grey that appear. Even within our own government. And the way the creatures, their leadership and our government meshed together came across as shockingly real. Which makes me laugh when I think about it because those creatures in our world?! But still! I could easily picture it. Ugh, I wanna say SO much more. But darn those spoilers!
So I found myself with tears in my eyes quite a few times towards the end of this book. And that ending was absolutely perfect. Oh this book made me ever so happy! I can't recommend it enough! If you adore science fiction that's more closely related to The Lux Series by JLA or Broken Skies by Theresa Kay, then you may adore this book too. Or even paranormal lovers, that are open to different creatures in a story, could find themselves loving it just as much as me. It was such a wonderful surprise. Enjoy!
P.S. I am definitely going to beg - can there please be more stories set in this world? Whether it follows the characters into the future or focuses on others like Sean? Please, please, please? I absolutely loved this book and would die of happiness if I could read more set in this world! *fingers crossed*
*ARC kindly provided by Pronoun/McMillan via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Sean Eastman was Geri's brother's friend that Geri had a huge crush on during high school but he had mysteriously moved away and hadn't stayed in contact. When Geri arrives home to find that Sean will be attending the wedding events she's excited to see him again but never expected Sean to be saving her in the woods when she went to investigate the missing girl in the news.
Shag Lake by Susan McEachern was such a fun read mixing in a lot of different elements to bring this story together. Much like romantic suspense focuses on a relationship building during the story this one would be a romantic sci-fi/fantasy type of read. From aliens to bigfoot there's a whole world hiding near Shag Lake that the author brought to life with a bit of mystery with a missing girl involved too.
I love when characters have an existing background to build on so a story doesn't seem like a rushed insta-love type of connection. Sean and Geri had grown up together so them developing feelings in this story fit easily within the action of the rest of the story. Also found the creative sci-fi side of things quite fun as things are brought in and explained as the book went along. Just a lovely read overall and would love to see this world explored more if the author chose to do so.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
I liked this story a lot. I love how it switches from Geri’s and Sean’s POV. This was a fun read and I really liked the plot and hope there are more books from this world especially with Geri and Sean as part of the story. I really liked Sean and Geri together. This had a great ending also. I got choked at times while reading this book. I also I also really liked how Sean and Geri’s relationship grew. I loved the characters and the ins and outs and surprises in this story. I wish I could rate this 4.5 this deserves it. Anyway I do recommend this book.
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