Author: Laura Drewry
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: The O’Donnell brothers continue to cast their lines and find love at the Buoys—their magnificent Pacific Northwest fishing haven—in this alluring romance from the bestselling author of Off the Hook.
Seasick. That’s how Jessie Todd feels when her best friend and boss, Finn O’Donnell, tells her that the Buoys will be featured on a popular fishing program—which just so happens to be hosted by a guy she used to date. She’s still friendly with her ex, but her new feelings for Finn are making things . . . complicated. His life is out on the sea, and though Jessie works at the resort, her paralyzing phobia of water keeps her on land, where she’s safe. To take a shot with Finn, she’ll need to face her fears—and her innermost desires—head-on.
Finn has been nursing a crush on Jess for a long time, so when she suddenly asks for swimming lessons, he dives right in. Holding her shaking hand as she steps into the ocean makes his heart swell—despite the sinking feeling that she’s just doing it to impress that smarmy TV host. Finn doesn’t trust anyone with his bruised and battered heart, but he’ll be forced to lay it all on the line to keep Jess from being the one that got away.
Review: While I’ve never been one to think fishing is sexy, this book made a fish whisperer believer out of me. The story was richly layered including revealing painfully awful pasts for both characters, lots of suspenseful intrigue, and the things we do in the name of family loyalty. I have to say I really enjoyed it and I’m going to go and read the first in the series about Liam and Kate–already got it on the kindle.
Jess had escaped the ominous cloud hanging over her family by running away at seventeen to the farthest, most remote location she could find–the Pacific Northwest. Buoys was a well known but isolated Canadian fishing lodge and seeing their help wanted posting had come at the right time. She’d gotten off the sea plane and just never left. That didn’t mean she’d never wanted to be more than a combination maid/organizer/fish cleaner at Bouys forever. But the O’Donnells had become her family, and Finn was her best friend. Which made it super annoying that she was having feelings for him.
When they get the news that a popular fishing show host wants to film an episode there, it’s great news for their place but bad news for Jess. She’d casually dated the host of the show, Sam, a while back, and they’re still friends., but she’s not interested in getting back together with him either. But between his mysterious hints on the phone and the others pressuring her to be nice to him, it’s making her feel really uncomfortable. Plus, his brother Liam and his girlfriend Kate seem to be hinting obliquely that she shouldn’t get together with Finn–apparently, her new feelings for him aren’t quite as hidden as she thought.
Finn has always cared deeply for Jess and considered her his best friend. He’s been having disturbing feelings for her and seems to be viewing her in a new light…until they get the news that her old boyfriend Sam is coming to the Buoys. What that could mean for their family business is amazing; for him personally? Not so much. He’s been thinking of Jessie as his–now what if she got back together with Sam?
Great, meaningful story with emotional depth and lots of great character development. Laura Drewry does for fishing what other authors are doing for hockey–making it a sport worth watching! Thanks