When life gave you lemons, you learned who stayed and made lemonade with you. Or something to that effect. And the day Ellis Hayes kidnapped me—or, he borrowed a yacht and didn’t know I was on board—he’d definitely been handed too many lemons.
We faced a dilemma when I woke up hungover in the middle of the ocean. He needed to get the hell out of town to do some soul searching and decide whether or not to divorce his wife, and I needed to get back on land because humans didn’t belong on the water. There was also better cell service on land, and I had my four-year-old daughter on vacation in Paris to check in with.
Then I remembered I wasn’t a complete tool. Ellis wasn’t doing all right, and we were practically family. I had to stay and make lemonade with him. Of course, me being me, seemingly un-dateable and complicated, I had to develop feelings for him, too.
Chick and Brain Rating 5 out of 5
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review
After reading Touch: The Complete Series I have jumped on the Cara Dee bandwagon, so when this became available I did little to no research. So yes again I am going to say I had no idea that it was a series. Although at times I was slightly confused about how everyone was interconnected with their past, this story is able to read alone. I do however plan to go back and read the other stories because I love these characters. I want to become part of the misfit family that Dee has created here in Camassia Cove.
This is the most recent book in the Camassia Cove, but I sincerely hope not the last. This story focuses on Casey as single-father who is looking for love in what seems like all the wrong places. Now the thing about Casey is he always tells you exactly what is thinking and desires to make everyone laugh. He also spent a number of years in prison, which is usually the first thing that turns the ladies or also in his case men off when they meet him. Then there is also Ellis, we think he has everything he has ever wanted when the story begins. However in reality he is just a miserable as everyone else. His marriage is on the rocks and neither of them can honestly remember why they were married in the first place. After a failed reconciliation date with his wife, Ellis runs into Casey who also had another failed date they talk and slowly become friends. Both men find something in the other they have been missing for a long time, however Casey is the only one that is willing to admit that to himself. One drunken night and potential kidnapping leads these men on an adventure that will change their lives forever.
Dee is once again able to take a very taboo subject and make it into something beautiful. The connection and love story between these two men is nothing short but amazing. You get what you see with Casey, but he is not what the stereotypical “bisexual” male would be like. He is not either to feminine nor is he to masculine. Not only that but Dee ensures that we are all aware that Casey is comfortable in who he is and accepts everyone exactly for who they are male or female. Casey is the type of character, no human being, that everyone should strive to be. Ellis is the type of person everyone pretends to be. We look like we have our acts together with the prefect exterior but most of us have no clue on what it truly means to be happy. Dee attacks these stereotypes head on and is able to create beautiful characters that we desire to carry with us for the entire story. We are given a realistic glimpse into what happens when families split up, when a male and a female no longer love each other, and what happens when two families with children have to merge together. Dee ensure that we understand that everything is not always cut and dry. We do not always get the cookie cutter white picket fence existence that are written about in fairy tales. Dee is one of the few authors that ensures we have a realistic view of what happens when a man and another man love each other and want to have a family.
I understand that I am in the minority on this one, but I love they way this story was written. I for one was very skeptical about how Dee was going to portray this relationship but I was not disappointed. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that can keep an open mind and understand that love is love no matter what shade or gender it comes in.
Until next time,