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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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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.
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*
Geri is a reporter for a newspaper in New York. She’s not happy that she’s stuck reviewing fashion and yearns to be an investigative journalist. It’s the weekend of her brother Mark’s wedding, so she goes back home to Canada for the event. What she doesn’t know is, her brother’s best friend, Sean, has come home after eight years of being away, to also attend the wedding. He’s her biggest crush from her high school days, and the one she has never forgotten. They shared one kiss, and he was gone the next day. So she’s very happy to see him and catch up with him. Her biggest question? Where did he disappear to and why has no one seen him since that last night? Sean isn’t what he seems, not by any stretch of the imagination. And he’s not there simply because of the wedding. He’s smack in the middle of the case of a woman that went missing at Shag Lake, not far from where the wedding is taking place. When Geri decides not to return to New York when she should, she goes to Shag Lake to investigate. When she sees Sean there as well, she knows she has stumbled onto something that could make her career. It also helps that the two are falling for each other again-even though Sean is not allowed to tell Geri anything about why he is there. No spoilers, I will just say that Sean is a major player in the science fiction part of the story, a part he must protect at all costs.
My favorite character was Sean. He’s a great guy, loves Geri, and pretty much is a total alpha male. However, he’s not perfect and his weakness is definitely Geri. He is loyal to her, even when he is being told to back off from her by his superiors. Geri was a good and very feisty heroine, however she does do things that will get her in trouble, just to get a story. To stupid to live? Nope, because she does have an agenda to better her life and she sure has no idea what she’s getting into. Big Foot, aliens, a possible murder mystery? It’s all there for her to get into, and of course it doesn’t run smoothly, at any point. Through it all, the romance was a favorite thread for me-well that, and all the science fiction elements.
If you decide to read this, you should make sure you have adequate time to read because I don’t think you will want to put this book down, once started. I sure didn’t. I found the pacing to be pretty perfect and the writing was spot on, as well. The premise was very new to me and that’s a plus anytime for me when reading. This read was filled with action, some pretty scary moments, and all of that just made for a page turner of a story for me. An incredible story, it is definitely one of my favorite reads of this year so far.
Highly recommended to science fiction readers or paranormal romance readers, 16 plus. And just so you know, I only rarely read science fiction and I still loved it.
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