Published by Natasha Boyd on 2013-06-10
Genres: Fiction, New Adult, Romance
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Eversea, a love story, is a Winter Rose Contest FINALIST 2013. Emilia Pisani of Simon & Schuster (judge) says "Great southern flavor!" and "Jack is an alluring leading man!"
An orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt.
A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose.
A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever.
When his co-star and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her new director, A-list hottie, Jack Eversea, finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. Jack hopes the sultry southern heat in this tiny coastal Lowcountry town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend, but his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn’t count on meeting Keri Ann Butler.
Keri Ann has relied on herself so long, dealing with her family’s death and the responsibilities of keeping up her family's historic mansion, that boys and certainly the meager offering of eligible boys in Butler Cove, have never figured into her equation. But fate has other plans. Suddenly face to face with the man who played the movie role of her favorite fictional character, Jack has Keri Ann yearning for everything she has previously avoided ... and Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for, before his mistakes catch up to him.
Today I get to participate in the Eversea & Forever, Jack Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. I’m excited to be a part of this tour because I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to finally sharing my feelings about it with the rest of you! For my stop, I’ll be reviewing Eversea (book one in the series) and I’ll have two giveaways! So check out the rest of this post and then go to Xpresso Book Tours for the rest of the tour schedule.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m still pretty new to New Adult books. But of the books that I’ve read in the genre, I’ve really enjoyed them. And Eversea is right up there at the top. It has pretty much everything you want in a book: lots of emotions, a fast paced plot, likable characters, and steamy romance. Along with that, it’s well written and interesting and a book I could read over and over and still get lost in the emotions of the characters. I definitely recommend this book.
The thing that surprised me most about this book was how truly emotional it was. We meet Keri Ann in Eversea. Keri Ann’s parents were killed when she was younger and she lived with her grandmother in the family’s historic home in a small vacation town. When she was older, her grandmother passed away as well leaving her and her brother alone. With an agreement that her brother would go to school first while Keri Ann looked after the house and then they would switch places, she has been biding her time until it’s her turn to start living her life. Unfortunately, she has also held herself back from really living while she’s been waiting. She won’t date because she doesn’t want to be tied to this small town. She does have a small group of friends, but mostly she’s just waiting. It’s heartbreaking how alone she’s kept herself over the years while she’s still trying to deal with the loss of her family. One scene in the house nearly broke my heart. I had to put the book down for a moment while I composed myself. I can’t imagine dealing with the kind of loss she’s had in her life.
Then there’s Jack. One night while Keri Ann is working at the bar, she meets a stranger. He turns out to be Jack Eversea, the current “it” guy in Hollywood who’s run off after his girlfriend got caught cheating on him. He’s come to hideaway and the two make an agreement: she’ll get him grocery’s and run errands so he won’t be seen in public and he’ll help fix up the family house so the town will get off her back. Keri Ann can’t help but feel attracted to him but because of the circumstances, they both know they need to keep away from each other. But in the end, they can’t resist. Which we pretty much know because this is a romance. The question is how will it end? Will Keri Ann change her mind about dating for an A-lister with millions of adoring fans and a girlfriend movie-star and will Jack be willing to give up a career he’s worked hard for and loves doing for a naive, small town girl? This book is full of emotions and the end is killer.
One of my favorite parts of this book are the characters. Keri Ann is still struggling with her losses after so many years and being stuck in the house that once held them all isn’t helping. I loved that we could still see the impact they all had on her. Another big thing for Keri Ann that we’ll all probably like is that she’s a big reader. And Jack stars in the movies of her favorite book series. But that doesn’t turn her into mush when she sees him. She’s definitely attracted to him but she’s falling for Jack, not the actor or character, and that’s a big bonus. I also liked her friends, especially her best friend Jazz and her brother Joey. They could be completely flat as secondary characters but we’re able to get peeks into their histories and lives that gives them much more depth. And we can’t forget Jack. While this book told from Keri Ann’s POV, we get a surprising amount of information on Jack, his life in LA, and his history. He’s somewhat of a mystery in the beginning, which really adds to his appeal. As the two spend more and more time together, we’re given a bigger look at his life. And it’s full of surprises and sadness and I promise you’ll want to give him a hug after you read it all. You’ll also want to hug him after you meet everyone he has to deal with in his “real” life in LA. While I appreciate them as characters, I did not like them at all. But I’ll let you find out why for yourselves.
If you’re looking for a New Adult book that will definitely keep you wanting more, I recommend this one. The story may sound simple, but it’s much deeper than you’d think. Both Jack and Keri Ann have issues they need to deal with beyond the small town girl/hollywood star romance they’re trying to figure out. And the plot is not nearly as predictable as I thought it would be. One huge tip if you haven’t read the books: don’t read the synopsis for the second book. There’s a huge spoiler. And if you do see it, don’t worry. It happened much differently than I thought it would. The end of book one has a bit of a cliffhanger but book two is out for all of you to continue Jack and Keri Ann’s story. I give Eversea four stars and definitely recommend it!
Open Internationally. One winner will get their choice of Eversea (Book 1) or Forever, Jack (Book 2) in ebook format. Winner will be notified by February 19.
Tour Wide Giveaway, provided by the author. Open Internationally. Prizes: 4 Kindles (Open wherever Amazon ships), 2x signer copies of both book 1 & 2 + sea turtle pendant