With her two younger sisters heading for the altar, will Samantha Castle exchange old dreams for new ones? Lately she’d rather be on the North Carolina coast with family than in New York with agents and actors. Though she vows not to let her teenage crush on Ethan Cole influence her decision, it’s hard to ignore her feelings for the local war hero.
Ethan lost more than his leg in Afghanistan. He lost his belief in love. Even being surrounded by couples intent on capturing happily-ever-after won’t open this jaded doctor’s heart. It’s going to take a sexy, determined woman – one who won’t take no for an answer.
I recently read a series where the first and third books in that series were great, and the second one let me down. This series, Ocean Breeze has flipped that one on its head for me. Book two, Wind Chime Point was the only one of the three I truly enjoyed. Sand Castle Bay was a bit of a miss for me.
Sadly, the book I was looking forward to the most in this series, Sea Glass Island was unfortunately a major letdown for me.
I love books where there are matchmakers, but less than 10% into this book, I just wanted to scream at the hero and heroine, Ethan and Sam, to run away from town as fast as they could to get away from these people. There is a great belief with their friends and family that they are perfect for each other, and sure you can give them some encouragement. However, Sam’s family in particular have done just about everything other than forcing them into bed together. The full-court-press of family interference really frustrated and annoyed me.
The less-than-subtle (and less-than-fun) matchmaking did get to me, and the behaviour of some of the supporting characters was responsible for making me feel extra stabby. Emily (heroine from book 1) came across as a bit of a flighty miss in Sand Castle Bay but she just took it to a whole new level in Sea Glass Island. A good way to describe her in this is a stuck-up self-absorbed princess with no ability to filter her own thoughts. Just writing this part of the review is making me irritated.
I only got about 26% through Sea Glass Island before I had to put it down to avoid becoming more stabby. I wish I had been able to finish it, because I have been genuinely interested in seeing how Sam and Ethan’s story played out, and because of my love for Sherryl Woods’ other work.
This won’t stop me from reading Sherryl Woods (because I’ve generally loved her work) but this is one I don’t think I ever want to revisit.
My rating: DNF
Release Date: 28 May 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy by MIRA, an imprint of Harlequin via NetGalley in return for an honest review.