The Love Shack
Pub Date Mar 26 2013
Return to USA TODAY bestselling author Christie Ridgway’s Crescent Cove, California, where the magic of summer can last forever…
Globe-trotting photojournalist Gage Lowell spent carefree childhood summers in Crescent Cove. Now that he desperately needs some R & R, he books a vacation at Beach House No. 9—ready to soak up some sun and surprise old friend and property manager Skye Alexander. Their long-distance letters got him through a dangerous time he can’t otherwise talk about. But when he arrives, the tightly wound beauty isn’t exactly happy to see him.
Skye knows any red-blooded woman would be thrilled to spend time with gorgeous, sexy Gage. But she harbors secrets of her own, including that she might just be a little bit in love with him. And she’s convinced the restless wanderer won’t stay long enough for her to dare share her past—or dream of a future together. Luckily for them both, summer at Crescent Cove has a way of making the impossible happen….
I’ve been waiting and FINALLY I get Gage and Skye’s story! Since the initial novella, I’ve been waiting for these two to finally meet in person, to find out what happened that hurt Skye’s heart, and find out if our sexy fireman will get his true love. What sexy fireman you ask? Well, read the first books in the series and you’ll find out more about this down on his luck in love secondary hero.
But back to Gage and Skye. We’ve seen these two in the background since the novella that started it all and I’ve always been curious as to what they talk about, what Gage thinks of it all, how Skye could deal with loving a man who would only leave, and what broke her to begin with.
Well, we got all of that and more. Gage was just as tortured as Griff, but this time we didn’t get to know why until much later. He wouldn’t share with anyone until Skye made him. And it mirrored the fact that Skye would only share her trauma with Gage. Now, I will say I guessed at the trauma and identity in book 2 and was right, but that wasn’t the main thing here. This was healing and coming together and recognizing that they needed to heal to begin with.
This book made me cry, laugh, cry again, and laugh harder. I also swooned with some of Gage’s words. Okay, most of them. Dear Lord the man can say sweet nothings that aren’t nothings at all.
The Love Shack is a compelling, deep, emotional read that begs the reader to take that step farther and fall in love with a cove, a couple, and a family.
I received an ARC of this novel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
–Review by Nicole