- Series: At the Shore (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (June 5, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1492649678
- ISBN-13: 978-1492649670
- Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,495,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Publishers Weekly: "Pineiro's clever characterization ensures thatJonathan's vulnerability and Connie's deep-seated fear of loss willsteal readers' hearts. While a few well-worn tropes sneak into thestory, the author, to her credit, makes them seem almost new. This story is sweet and spicy at the same time, and all-around satisfying."
Library Journal: "Pineiro has penned a tender, sexy, often lighthearted yetrealistic version of the classic reunion plot, offering a delightfulbeach blanket read."
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NY Times and USA Today Bestseller Caridad Pineiro is the author of nearly 50 novels/novellas and has sold over one million books worldwide. Caridad writes romantic suspense, military romance, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and vampire suspense. Caridad is also a Jersey Girl who loves to travel, cook, & spend time with family & friends. Caridad writes dark and sexy novels and novellas for those who live to love on the edge. Her sweet, but still naughty side, Charity Pineiro, writes contemporary romances packed with emotion and humor.
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Then when they meet up later, she falls back in love with him, but is still wary of making it permanent with him because, once again, she’s worried that he isn’t as goal-directed as she is even as she’s pondering leaving her own job. And her big objection to him now - he can’t decide which house he wants to buy in the town he wants to settle down in and is buying a building to move his business to. That just seemed much too tightly wrapped for a person supposedly making mature decisions about her life. I liked Jonathan a whole lot more than her and couldn’t really see what he saw in her.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
One of the reasons I feel that I struggled with it is because I had a hard time connecting with both MC's due to the pacing and transitions. I'm a big fan of Third Person POV, so I enjoyed being inside the heads of both Connie and John, but it didn't quiet feel like enough. Having the POV jump back and forth within each chapter chopped up the flow of the scenes. I feel it could have been smoother if the change in POV alternated chapters instead. That way as a reader I could have gotten more from Connie and John's perspective, therefore gotten to connect with them better.
I was a little disappointed that Connie's culture wasn't infused more into the story. As a Latina woman, I want to be able to read about characters that I can relate to culturally. It doesn't happen often. I caught a hint of it when Emma invited Connie over to Carlos's family dinner, but it was a snippet and left me wanting more. I feel that if a character's culture, ethnicity, beliefs etc. are going to be mentioned, then for the reader's sake, it should be explored since those elements can be like a second skin for a person. It can also help the reader connect with the characters better and feel more real. The way we are raised, very much shapes who we are as people, so we want to see that in the characters we read too.
The story was touching how both Connie and John were able to find forgiveness and let go of the weight that was holding them down. The pacing felt slow for me, since it didn't really have the highs and lows that keep me as a reader turning the pages to find out what happens next. However, it did pick up in speed a little towards the end as Connie and John started to sort out their obstacles. Overall, I liked it, I just didn't love it.
Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an advanced reader copy, in exchange for an honest review.