by Lindsay Detwiler
Publication Date: October 21, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
“Six years, a complex about my freckles, a love for pastrami, and a fear of failure.
That’s what he gave me before slaughtering my heart and my faith in men.”
Suffering from the sting of betrayal, twenty-eight-year-old Avery Johannas quits her job and moves hundreds of miles away to Ocean City, the beach town of her dreams. With the help of her zany roommate, Jodie, Avery finds a new career, home, and freedom. Throughout her self-exploration, she makes only one rule: She won’t give her heart to a man again. She’s living for herself this time.
But then she meets Jesse.
A tattoo shop owner, the green-eyed Jesse Pearce is wild with a touch of mystery. As Jesse and Avery explore Ocean City and their friendship, they’ll have a hard time drawing a line in the sand between their hearts.
When summer nights get a little more heated than either expected, they’ll have to ask themselves: Can they let go of their notions of love, or will their hearts be permanently inked by past pain?
Wow! This book was an AWESOME 5 stars for me! Avery has picked up and moved miles away from her ex-husband who betrayed her and smashed her heart into pieces. She decides to take this opportunity to live a more carefree life, but love is DEFINITELY NOT ON HER RADAR. Then, she meets sexy, mysterious Jesse, the owner of a tattoo store. He’s not interested in romance either, but the two recognize heartbreak in each other’s eyes. So, the beginnings of a friendship and possibly more begin. The question is will these two be able to let go of past hurts and risk a future of happiness together?
This is a romance, but it’s also a journey to finding oneself. In her new life and relationship, Avery begins the journey of self-discovery. This girl has guts. She leaves behind all that she knew to not only heal but to live a life finally for herself…not the hurt, damaged ex-wife, not the sweet daughter, and not the always responsible CPA. Through her quirky roommate, friends, new boss, and Jesse she learns how to live a somewhat carefree, and most importantly, free life!!!!
Like Avery, Jesse has been hurt and has insecurities and fear dictate his decisions, especially concerning love and relationships. He is just as scared of Avery as she is of him. I just kept hoping they would jump at the opportunity for the love and happiness that was staring them right in the face.
I highly recommend this romance. Who can resist a story with sexy chemistry and a deep, emotional romance? Add in great friends and two adorable dogs and a cat, and you’ve got as close to perfection as you can get. LOVED the ending of this book…it was so Avery and Jesse!
About Lindsay Detwiler
An English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay’s the English teacher cliché; she loves cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.
She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, Marjorie, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry.
Lindsay’s goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she’s done her job.
Lindsay’s hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.