Series: Seaside Summers #5
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Musician, Romance, Sports, Tattoos
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Sky Lacroux has finally realized her dream and opened her own tattoo shop in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She's happy as can be, preparing the shop for its grand opening and renting a cottage in the Seaside community while renovations to her new apartment are being completed. The only thing missing is the one thing she longs for, and has no control over—love.
Sawyer Bass, a professional boxer, plays his guitar at a local bar to escape the painful reality of his father's deteriorating health and a recent health warning of his own. But when he spots a stunning brunette across the room, escaping reality goes out the window, and the beautiful woman becomes the focus of his next song—and maybe even the rest of his life.
When Sawyer walks into Sky's tattoo shop and sees the woman from the bar—Sky—the chemistry between them is instant. Sawyer is everything Sky could ever hope for in a man. He's honest, loving, sensitive, and potently virile—but boxing goes against everything Sky believes in. The closer they become, the more she realizes that her alpha boxer is waging his own emotional battle—only the battle she thinks he's waging isn't the one that threatens to tear them apart.
This book really has all the makings of a book I would like. It has a girl who likes tattoos (my kinda girl), a guy who is inked up as well as being a musician and a boxer, and a nice seaside setting. I really liked the beginning of the book, with all the descriptions of the area and the people who live there, it is definitely easy to get drawn into the book early on.
So the heroine in this story is Sky, and I liked her kind of artsy spirit. I like women who own businesses, and I like women who are in the tattoo world even more (there aren’t nearly as many of them as their should be). Tattoos and tattoo artists are some of my favorite people/things, so I was pretty sure I was going to like Sky from the beginning. I loved the description of her shop too, the way she decorates and the approach she takes to living her life all show a lot about who she is as a person. I have to admit though I am not a fan of poetry and Sky loves one particular poet, so a lot of this book has bits of poetry within it, and honestly it’s not my cup of tea. But then again I most of the time don’t like in musician books where they write out the lyrics to the songs, just not my thing, I tend to skim over them. I honestly wanted Sky to be more interesting though, so much of the book is more about Sawyer and his situation, and not a lot of depth into Sky.
So Sawyer, as sweet Sawyer. I didn’t like him. Well that’s not true, I didn’t not like him, he just didn’t get my blood pumping. I thought hey, this guy is a boxer, he’s gonna be all hot alpha male like, but he never had that vibe from him. He’s a really kind of sensitive guy in my opinion, and that really does nothing for me. Granted I did really like how devoted he was to his father and making sure that his father is well taken care of as he gets further in the progress of his disease. I also didn’t like his whole boxing career given how dangerous it was for him. I mean I just didn’t think it fit his personality to be so reckless or careless. I mean who is going to take care of his father is something happens to him. Just seems like a lot of risk and only a chance at reward, it just didn’t seem to fit his sensitive guy personality.
Honestly I wish I had connected more with the characters. I think a lot of people would really like a sensitive guy hero type, and a lot of people enjoy poetry, so clearly this book has an audience, it just wasn’t my kind of book. But the writing was good and the pacing was pretty decent so I have to give it an okay review.
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