5 dreamy sighs stars!!
“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?
Avery is such an amazing character, she is coming to terms with something I cannot even fathom happening to me. While in the beginning it seems to her family and maybe even to herself that she is going off the rails insane, I think she is unbelievably brave. She is stepping outside her comfort zone…WAY out. That is something I don’t like to do myself, let alone by myself. Of course she takes her dog Henry with her! I loved the addition of Henry in this book.. You will have to look at the picture below of Lindsay’s Henry because that is who this dog is to look like. Avery continues to grow and evolve as a character throughout the book. While she does have set backs throughout the book, she grows from them. I enjoyed the family she made for herself in Ocean City, from her roommate to her new work friends. Everyone she decided was in her close circle was a perfect fit for her. I loved the fierceness that they showed in protecting her and the loyalty they showed to one another.
Jesse is a tattoo artist with a complicated past of his own and is not looking for a relationship. While you really think Jesse has it together most of the book with his tattoo parlor and his normal beachy life, he actually has a lot of evolving to do. The more he is around Avery the more you see a different side of him. The thing I really, really like about Jesse is that he is real. There is no macho bull crap, he is just honest and open with everything. He is always lifting her up and be totally supportive. I really enjoy how he just went with the flow with everything. He seemed to fit right in with Avery’s friends and didn’t push when she needed time. The scenes with his dog and her dog were adorable and hilarious!
There is this thing when you read a Lindsay Detwiler book, you are reading real characters… they are real people. They have real faults.. they fall down… they spill things on themselves… they make fools of themselves. You laugh with them, you cry with them, you smile with them. Her characters become your people….
You are guaranteed true slow burn romance with her. I enjoy this so much because, especially in this book the main character needed to mainly find herself before she found anything in a man. I feel like with slow burn you get so much more from the characters than all of the sexy times….
I would highly recommend this or any Lindsay Detwiler book for that matter.
Thank you to Hot Tree Publishing and Lindsay Detwiler for a copy in lieu of my honest review.
The Real Henry 😀
About Lindsay Detwiler
An English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay’s the English teacher cliché; she love cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.
She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, 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.