In a trade-off she’s lived to regret, Emily Castle left home years ago to become an interior designer. The youngest of three sisters, Emily desperately wanted to prove herself. Success, though, came at the cost of leaving behind the man she loved.
For Boone Dorsett, losing Emily left his heart shattered, but another woman was waiting in the wings. Now a widower with a young son, Boone has a second chance with Emily when a storm brings her home. But with his former in-laws threatening a custody suit, the stakes of loving her are higher than ever.
Will fate once again separate them-or is the time finally right for these two star-crossed lovers?
This book was OK. Not a lot really happens – no real action, other than a few moment later in the book with Boone’s in-laws, and it was pretty closed-door when it came to the sexytimes (which is not always a bad thing). However it didn’t blow me away, and there were a few things that got on my nerves about the main characters.
I didn’t always get the attraction and chemistry between Boone and Emily. Yeah, they were together as teenagers, but as adults, I just couldn’t get my head around what each saw in the other.
Everyone in their world – her family, his friends – is convinced they are fated to be together, but are constantly harping on at Emily about how she let him down and hurt him so badly when she left in the first place. There was probably some of this at play, but another person has a few performances on that blame train as well (I’m talking to you, Boone – bitching that she left you then not going after her and marrying someone else, hmmm…) that they need to acknowledge.
Obviously, Boone is concerned about his son and his emotional health post the death of his mother (which is commendable), however his attitude towards Emily and any interaction she has with his son, even after they get together, is pretty frustrating. The haste with which B.J. instantly accepted Emily as a potential stepmother was another thing that got to me a bit. It brought to mind the discussion between Sarah and Jane in the DBSA Romance Fiction Podcast episode, Plot Moppets and Pet Moppets the other day (check it out when you have the chance, you’ll know what I mean).
I am intrigued, however, by the upcoming stories that will involve Emily’s sisters. So despite my ambivalence towards the main characters in Sand Castle Bay, this will keep me reading this series. It was these characters that rescued this book from a lower review score. I keep thinking that if Ms Woods had eased up a bit on the “Emily’s to blame for everything”, I probably would have enjoyed this book more than I did.
My rating: 3 out of 5 (but only just)
Release Date: 26 March 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy by MIRA, an imprint of Harlequin via NetGalley in return for an honest review.