There appears to be a wonderful new subgenre within Australian romance fiction known as coastal romance. When I was trying to find out a bit more about what coastal romance entails, it was Jenny Schwartz’s website quote itself that puts it best:
Coastal Romance is about freedom, wide open horizons, taking chances and daring to love. It celebrates the sea in all of its moods. When we escape the everyday, anything is possible.
Doesn’t that sound marvellous? There is something inherently romantic and beautiful about the sea, and I for one am looking forward to exploring this subgenre a little more.
What is It’s Love, Dude about?
Zane Carlton is a World Champion surfer. Molly Georgiou is a shy, small-town girl. They have nothing in common except an instantaneous attraction and an impossible quest for a rare, endangered Australian marsupial. But Zane is determined to make it work, and invites Molly to take a step into his world. But Molly isn’t ready for the spotlights and attention — she loves her town, its quirks, its characters. Opposites attract, but can two such different people find both a woylie and forever?
So, here’s what I thought of It’s Love, Dude!
It’s Love, Dude is a really fun and sweet read. Zane and Molly do exist in very different worlds day-to-day, but when push comes to shove, they are far more alike than first appearances would suggest. Both have some reservations, which is totally normal. However, the way in which these two end up dealing with their worries and the problems that are presented by their differing statuses is smart and mature – no “victim-victim” flouncing, which drives me batty.
Zane and Molly were wonderful characters, and they shared a lovely connection. Not often you get a surfer hero, so it was nice to read one in Zane, especially one who is realistic about the world he’s lived in and doesn’t come across as a layabout. Molly may be a fairly quiet girl, but I loved that she didn’t deny her femininity or hold back her desire for Zane.
For a relatively shorter full-length novel, Jenny Schwartz has managed to find that place where the plot and romance contained within doesn’t feel rushed or dialled in for page filler. I also loved the supporting characters in It’s Love, Dude. There’s normal, non-doddering older people. My personal favourite – Mrs Li.
Jenny Schwartz is a wonderful storyteller, and I really look forward to more from her, especially Brody’s story!!
Oh, and if you are interested, this is the woylie….
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 1 October 2013
Note: I was provided with an advance reader copy by Escape Publishing, an imprint of Harlequin Australia, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.