Series: Like a Hurricane Duet #1
Author: Kristie Leigh
But that was eight years ago, before she left town. Before she took off and
left my heart shattered.
destructive, yet so thrilling and intense.
I have so many thoughts about this book so I’ll try to get them out coherently.
We first meet Jules and Hunter at the end of high school, during the time of various going away parties for friends going off to college. Jules had broken up with Hunter because she was moving to California from Florida for college, even though they both still loved each other. Eight years later, a phone call brings Jules and her two year old son back to her hometown.
Let’s start with what I liked. Hunter was an all around great guy. He ran the family business, he was kind and helpful, and he still had tea with Jules’ mom every week even though he and Jules had broken up eight years ago. He was supportive of Jules when she needed and her rock to get her through a nightmare. Jules is a good mom to Calum, too. That kid is adorable. I also liked Taylor and her relationships with both Jules and Hunter. And even though I hate crying, certain scenes near the end had me sobbing (in public!) and that’s a rarity for me and a representation of how real the author’s writing is. And Margaret next door is a treasure.
Now, what I didn’t like. There was a scene early in the book, with Hunter and a friend in a bar talking relationships. They both kept referring to it as “chick talk” and implying that a “real man” wouldn’t have such conversations with his best friend. Because it’s feminine and therefore inferior to say “hey the love of my life is back in town after 8 years and I have feelings about that”?? That kind of subtle toxic masculinity burns me up.
The ending is not an ending at all, but a cliffhanger. It’s quite abrupt, though. We are taken from an intensely emotional experience to hope to a screeching halt of a WTF where did that come from? The cliffhanger is an angry one, with multiple characters involved. It will leave you feeling some kind of way, when you figure out what let me know. The good news is we don’t have long to wait until the second half of this book is released. However, if cliffhangers make your blood boil, you may want to wait until the other book is released and read them back to back.
Overall, it’s a good book and interesting story. I’m looking forward to seeing how this all works out.
99c for release day ONLY!!
with romance novels when my friend Phil bought me a Kindle that hasn’t left my
and twisted. I’m not sure I will ever write anything dark, but I would love to
give it a shot one day.
South Florida in 2013 and definitely don’t miss the snow.
either way, I know it will be a fun new adventure, and I’m super excited about