Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review: The Love Shack by Christie Ridgway

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…

We move back to the core characters who'd grown up at Crescent Cove, focusing on Skye and Gage.  We finally learn what has Skye so jumpy, though I had predicted something similar at the beginning of the second book when she's startled in the office.

Both Gage and Skye are suffering from PTSD, and while Griffin was experiencing a type of trauma related to his grief and what he'd witnessed in Afghanistan, both Gage and Skye are alike in that the trauma was directly inflicted upon them.  

The secondary love story features Teague and Polly, both of whom we've met in the first book, Beach House No. 9.  

Overall, The Love Shack was a wonderful addition to the series, and a great way to return to the core characters of Beach House No. 9.   I was sad to see this series end, despite the fact that I felt like I'd been punched in the gut while reading.  It's that emotional and that good. 

(A very special thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of The Love Shack.)

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