Review: Eversea by Natasha Boyd (@lovefrmlowcntry)

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Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

The blurb:

Eversea, a love story, is a Winter Rose Contest FINALIST 2013. Emilia Pisani of Simon & Schuster (judge) says “Great southern flavor!” and “Jack is an alluring leading man!”

An orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt.

A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose.

A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever.

When his co-star and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her married and much older director, A-list hottie, Jack Eversea, finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. Jack hopes the sultry southern heat in this tiny coastal Lowcountry town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend, but his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn’t count on meeting Keri Ann Butler.

Keri Ann has relied on herself so long, dealing with her family’s death and the responsibilities of keeping up her family’s historic mansion, that boys and certainly the meager offering of eligible boys in Butler Cove, have never figured into her equation. But fate has other plans. Suddenly face to face with the man who played the movie role of her favorite fictional character, Jack has Keri Ann yearning for everything she has previously avoided … and Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for, before his mistakes catch up to him.

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I read this book in a day. ONE DAY. I have a three year old. Do you know what that means? It means sneaking in a page or three while she’s in the bathroom, reading and cooking simultaneously, reading and doing the dishes simultaneously (while trying not to ruin my kobo), and it means completely ignoring the mess in the kitchen (and my husband) for the entire evening and into the night.

Totally worth it.

Eversea grabbed my attention from the get go. I had the butterflies, did the lip biting, grinned dreamily at the screen of my tablet… it was really lovely. I had said I was going to take a break from the heart-squeezing romances after having read Personal Assets by Kelsey Browning, and Southern Fried Blues by Jamie Farrell, so I picked up Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield. A zombie book… so it couldn’t make me have serious feels, right? Wrong! Since I didn’t get a break from feeling, I dove head first into Boyd’s book.

When I was given the recommendation of Eversea by a high school friend yesterday, I read the blurb and bought it right away. I’d read some other New Adult books in the past and was sucked in by them, but nothing like what I felt with Eversea. It was literally impossible for me to put down. Even when my husband went to bed, and I knew it was getting late, I couldn’t stop.

The characters are well written, and so likable (except for the one we aren’t supposed to like). The chemistry between Jack and Keri Anne is intense. The setting is lovely. The story is compelling. And there’s the cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers. Boyd’s writing provides great escapism, and that has been exactly what I needed lately.

Why didn’t I give it a full five star review? Totally selfish reason: the cliffhanger. It was like the bottom of my heart dropped out! I had a really hard time falling asleep last night. I mean, of course I assume that there will be an HEA for these two eventually, but I was desperate for some re-connection!

Another great read for a mental vacation, just don’t start it if you have something important to do because you WILL lose track of time!

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