Release Date: Mar 2, 2021
Heat Level: Warm
Imprint: St. Martin’s Press
Anna has been holding onto grief and pain for the last year since her fiancé committed suicide. She decides to go on a trip that they had plan to take together. She set out on their sailboat but realizes that she needs a bit of help. She hires a sailor who has his own set of issues to deal with. As they spend more time together, they realize they can help each other.
Honestly, I had thought this book would turn into an emotional downer. I braced myself for it but I was pleasantly surprised at how the author handled the subject matter. The story starts off on a heavier note which lately I have been trying to stay away from. Suicide is just never an easy subject to discuss and when the main character is wallowing in it initially it makes it more difficult.
In the beginning, Anna is a wreck. She is just going through all the motions of life. When she starts her journey, she is so raw and torn with pain. She gets herself into a little situation and ultimately our hero, Keane, helps her out and that is the very start of their friendship. Anna is embarrassed that her companion on this trip has seen her at her low but it helps to break the ice.
I love how the author capture’s Keane’s disability and explains his story. His ability to let down his guard and figure out a new path in life is truly heartwarming. The story is a romance but it is a story of personal growth, courage and taking chances on life. By the end, readers will have enjoyed the growth of Anna and Keane.
The only thing truly stopping me from loving this book is that the author rushed the romance at the end. The bulk of the book is a very slow burn romance and the ending quickly wraps up their romance which is odd since it just began. I also wanted more steam from the couple. It is a clean romance.
Overall, I look forward to other books by this author.