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“Some people may expect nothing. Most people expect something. But you, you should expect everything.”
This was only my second Karina Halle book. I read The Pact a couple months back and absolutely loved it. So when I received a copy of Where Sea Meets Sky to review I was ecstatic. Let me tell you I was not disappointed. What a great story. Josh and Gemma meet at a party and have instant chemistry. What could very well have been a one night stand turns into a story of adventure, self-discovery and learning that it’s never too late to change your future. Gemma spent a year traveling trying to find something that she felt was missing in her life. She is sadly disappointed when she returns home and realizes that she was really just running away. She also falls right back in to what she was running from. Josh feels like he is stuck. Stuck in his job and stuck in his life. The one night that he spends with Gemma is enough to inspire him to make some changes. He decides that he is tired of settling and that is time to pursue his dreams.
Josh is a great character. He’s hot and funny, but is also deeply caring. He has a sweet vulnerability that makes him all the more attractive. He says throughout most of the book that he just needs to be near Gemma, even if it’s just as friends, because she is the one who lit the fire back in his soul. Yes, he wants her in every way possible, but he is willing to take what he can get of her if she is unable to give him what he wants. They have lots of roadblocks but the chemistry is there, the angst is there. It makes the payoff that much sweeter. The gift that he gives Gemma is so simple yet so meaningful and personal. Seriously one of the best moments of the whole book.
Gemma is great as well. She’s is Josh’s equal and has a way of challenging him and making him want to be a better a person all at the same time. She is just as lost as he is when it comes to knowing what she wants to do with her life. I absolutely loved their relationship. Their banter was great. With an alternating POV, we get an insight into what each of them is feeling and what they really want. Their sexual chemistry was even better. You just know when these two finally get together it’s going to be more than worth all the nights they spent apart yearning for each other.
Set mostly in New Zealand, the scenery was just as beautiful as the love story. I could almost smell the ocean thanks to the author’s fantastic description of the landscape. She has a way of making you feel every detail of the surroundings without losing sight of the story or being overly wordy.
I enjoyed every aspect of this book. From the love story, to learning about the customs of New Zealand, Karina Halle has made magic here.
5 stars a pint 8 Wired IPA! Enjoy!
Purchase Link – Where Sea Meets Sky: A Novel
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