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Author: Sarah Latchaw
Pages: 342 pgs
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: September 3rd 2013
Review Source: Omnific
Hydraulic Level Five (n.): A whitewater rapid classification indicating large waves, continuous rapids, large rocks and hazards, potential large drops, where precise maneuvering is required. Often characterized by "must make" moves, i.e. failure to execute a specific maneuver at a specific point may result in serious injury or death.
Kaye is an extreme sports addict with a kind heart and an axe to grind with her childhood sweetheart and ex-husband, renowned writer Samuel Caulfield Cabral. While Samuel enjoys a celebrity life in New York, Kaye remains in their hometown of Lyons, Colorado, running her PR agency and chatting daily with Samuel's family, the beloved Cabrals-first-generation Mexican-Americans who have embraced Kaye as their own.
But when Samuel returns home for his sister's wedding with a new love interest, stunning editor Caroline Ortega, the gloves are stripped off. Kaye is determined to unearth the reasons behind the death of their marriage and why two people who lived to love each other were driven apart, all leading to startling revelations about Samuel, about life, and about herself.
She soon realizes that maneuvering the tumultuous waters of her relationship with Samuel will prove as dangerous as any outdoor adventure she might attempt...at least where her heart is concerned.
I was so excited for the chance to read Sarah's debut novel and jumped at the opportunity for this blog tour. And I'm so glad that I did!
To begin with, there are certain chapters that start with a separate story being told, which you eventually learn is a story that Samuel is writing. I enjoyed getting his insight and thoughts through his "writing" since overall this story is in Kaye's point of view. I think it helps to get an idea of what's going on with him, even though it's not all clear.
Also, Sarah did a phenomenal job of showing the relationships of her characters and how they all fit into each others lives. Though you mainly want to learn about Kaye and Samuel, you get to meet their friends and family who are a large part of their lives and add so much to the story.
There are also plenty of references for different extreme sports (and Spanish phrases), but it doesn't take away anything at all. In fact, I felt as though I was really a part of the world and understood the characters even better because of it. You definitely get a little bit of everything.
Even though this doesn't end on a cliffhanger, there are plenty of questions still left unanswered and your left wanting more. So, when I saw that there will be a sequel, Skygod, I was thrilled. Sarah had such a fun story in this first novel and I have no doubt that will continue with the second, along with some long awaited answers.
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