This is a story of a man trying to overcome heartbreak. Carter Montgomery has this best friend named Kate, and Carter has just committed the worldwide-sin known as crossing the line with your best friend who doesn’t reciprocate your feelings. We’ve all been there, and it sucks badly. Carter has to deal with the fact that not only did he kiss Kate, but that she’s in love with someone else. This poor guy feels like his only option is to pick up and move across the country to a small Island off the Florida coast. Extreme? Maybe, but I kinda like it. Carter wants a new start, and he believes that the Florida sunshine and the easy laid back nature of Sanibel Island just might be the place he needs.
When Carter gets to the Island he’s immediately taken by the people and their accepting cool vibes. This is where he meets Jackson, the guy who helps him find a job and fairly quickly becomes his friend. The dynamic of all of the people on the Island is pretty cool actually and what you might expect from that type of tight knit community. Jackson and Carter actually share the same dilemma, they are both in love with women that seem to be unattainable. But there’s one difference, Emma who is Jackson’s conquest is attainable Jackson just can’t seem to quit screwing up every chance he gets.
This is where we meet the little spitfire Whitney Sinclair, a local maid/waitress and Emma’s best friend. From the moment Carter lays on her he’s attracted to her, yet he thinks nothing of it. He’s only seen her from afar, and has been pre-warned about her “bitchy” side by Jackson. When he meets this little lady for the first time, it’s purely by accident. He’s just down by the beach playing his guitar, and she’s just having lunch at her regular spot. The simplicity and deeper meaning of this spot isn’t lost on me at all, I could tell that this would become a cute “thing” between them already. Then he gets an interesting phone call after some events that happened between these crazy little characters. And before you know it Whitney and Carter have teamed up to help one of them out.
Whitney is an awesome chick in my opinion. She’s very honest and forthcoming and when she realizes that she feels something for Carter she doesn’t hold back in revealing her feelings at all. Carter on the other hand is still trying to move on from his desperate attempts with Kate and the heartache that still ensues in his heart. These two are so obviously falling for each other, but every time Whitney gets close Carter pulls back or one of them goes running for support elsewhere when what they need is right in front of them.
I really did enjoy all of the characters in the book, except for one guy named Rueben who has a sick attachment to Whitney. And when I say sick I mean that he resorts to stupid Macho stuff in order to try and win her and sabotage what she has with Carter. This obviously causes friction between Carter and Whitney and definitely kicks up the angst factor.
In the end I was happy with how things turned out, and I really did enjoy the writing style and flow of the book. It was also refreshing to meet a male character that wasn’t all alpha and dominant. Don’t get me wrong—I love that crap! But I need a sweet charismatic type every now and then and Carter Montgomery is that for sure. I would definitely recommend this book for those looking for a light sweet sexy read that brings you into a little beach-full bliss too.
Rachael Wade writes edgy New Adult and Adult romance and science fiction. She is the author of the Amazon bestselling PRESERVATION SERIES, THE REPLACEMENT, and LOVE AND RELATIVITY, as well as the paranormal romance series THE RESISTANCE TRILOGY. When she's not writing, she's busy going to concerts, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. She's an avid Brandi Carlile fan and loves all things Tim Burton. Visit her at RachaelWade.com and LightsOnLove.com, and come chat with her on Twitter @RachaelWade.