Genres: New Adult, Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published on: February 27, 2017
Rating: 3 STARS
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Laire, who was born of the sea, and Erik, who was born of the land, had taken their destinies into their own hands, and, with their own rules, they had secured each other’s forever. And that’s how they lived…
She was a fisherman daughter, born and raised in an Outer Banks island untouched by time with a conservative family, while he was the son of North Carolina’s governor, born and raised off-island with money. They came from completely different worlds and had very different upbringings. But one event brought them together. They fell in love instantly and started to see each other. However, her family’s strict, conservative rules and his family’s big dream for him as a governor’s son, they had to hide their relationship for awhile. Until they couldn’t hide it anymore. They had to find a way to come clean to both of their families or ended it for good. Torn between the fear of going public with their new relationship and building a trust to make it work long distance when he went back to college, forced them to deal with the unexpected things.
If you love a modern fairy tale, this story is for you. The romance between the main characters is perfect. It is sweet with light angst and a perfect happy ending. The main characters, Eric and Laire, are perfectly described. Laire was a hard worker, fierce, innocent girl who had a big dream to go to college and have a good career in a big city, whereas Eric was a complete gentleman who had never let their differences come between them. He treated her like a queen and couldn’t be more perfect for her. Although they were young, they had a very passionate love that had been tested throughout the years of being apart. What a beautiful love story.
However, I’m going to be honest here that, unfortunately, it didn’t work for me. While I’m not against the possibility of love at first sight—in fact, I believe in it (I’m a hopeless romantic!)—I didn’t feel anything special in their instant-love as sweet as it really was. Believe me, I was wanting to feel it so bad. And as perfect as it was, I didn’t feel the “wow” factor I’d been waiting for. Something that would make me feel like I was there, experiencing it with them. Moreover, the romantic scenes felt flat. I didn’t feel moved as much as I would have wanted, and even though there were a few funny moments that made me smile and laugh caused by their differences, I still didn’t connect with them and it made me hard to connect to the whole story.
Three things popped up in my mind when I thought of the reasons behind my feeling disconnected to the characters and the whole story. The first reason is that the whole story was written in third person point of view. It was difficult for me to closely connect with the characters, especially the heroine. I was feeling like an outsider watching the story from a distance. No connection. The second one is that their romantic scenes (when the main characters had a heart to heart, deep conversations) and intimate scenes often made me uncomfortable, mostly because of the heroine’s inexperience. I had a hard time to read her reactions, let alone connect with her. I often had to close my iPad for a while and picked it up again. The third one is that the main characters should not have been apart that long, in my opinion. It was hard to imagine a very in love couple has not made any efforts to find each other for almost 6 long years, no matter what their reasons were, especially when they claimed to still love each other during those years. Why prolong the suffering by waiting that long if you could do something to end it? 🙁
However, even though it didn’t work for me, don’t get discouraged from giving this book a try. As I mentioned above, this story is perfect for those who love a sweet, beautiful love story with lighter angst, enough conflict, and a happy ending. 🙂