Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Written in the Sand, by T.A. Foster and Mary-Kathryn Craft, ends 12/18

This was the last place she should be. The absolute last place. She woke up this morning in hot and dusty Dallas, and now she was standing outside of the Dock House while boats rocked in their slips.
The wind whipped through her hair. She hesitated. This was all wrong. She shouldn't be here, but she had to know. She had to see him again.

She pushed open the door, her heart in her throat, her palms dewy with perspiration, her breath fevered.

Was any of it real, or was it all just a flash of summer heat?

This is the story of Blair and Maggie, recently graduated college students who decide to housesit for a beach house one summer before they have to start their "real lives" (new jobs in different cities). They've been roommates for a while, and they're looking forward to rooming together one last time before they split up (Blair to Dallas and Maggie to Charleston). They're looking for summer flings, as well, but they don't know that their respective flings will start turning to real feelings by the end of the summer.

Official synopsis:
Blair is determined to stay on course. Her reporting career is waiting for her if she can just make it through summer on the island.

Justyn knows not to get attached to tourist girls breezing through town for only a season.

Maggie wants to cherish her last few months of summer freedom. So what if she has to keep a tiny secret to make sure everyone around her stays happy?

Reid doesn’t have time for romance. His new business must succeed, no matter the cost.

This summer everything is about to change. All those carefully laid plans might shift faster than the tides. When these four start spending time together, the island nights get hotter than the sun-drenched days. Trying to stay untangled and unattached is easier said than done when the one thing you want is standing right in front of you.

This was a good "beach" story in that it was an easy read and the characters draw you in. It's New Adult, which means that it's a little more R-rated than your typical YA (Young Adult) book, which of course makes the novel a bit more interesting too. 

I'll say that I enjoyed this book, although the characters are nothing new - I've read novels about similar summer beach dwellers before, like in Elin Hilderbrand's books or even Melissa de la Cruz's Au Pairs series (though these girls were housesitters, not au pairs). Their relationships are interesting though, in that they decide to pursue them even after the summer has ended, which might be a little unusual compared to other YA/NA books.

I'd recommend this book for anyone looking for a fun, quick read, or for anyone who's fallen in love with a "summer boy" (or girl) before.

3 stars out of 5.
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