Author: J. L. Leslie
Title: "Let the waves come in"
Standalone, but... ;)
Main characters: Declan Matthews and Aubrey Somers
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review and I have to say I quite enjoyed it ;) in fact I enjoyed it so much, I read it in one afternoon ;) it's just... after I started it... before I knew what was happening I was already like 70% in and I needed to know how this story ends... but before I go into more details, let me explain something really quickly... it's not a love triangle... well... at least not in a way that the synopsis is suggesting... ;) it will all be more clear once I tell you a bit about this book :) and yes, I know I'm being vague, but it's on purpose :) I don't want to spoil you some pretty surprising twists, so this review gonna be a little bit on the short side... :)
So let's start with our main couple :) Aubrey have been best friends with Drew, Declan's younger brother ever since they were kids... and it's a true friendship, nothing more on either side, which is a nice refresher, cause for a moment I was worried that the "love triangle" would involve brothers and I'm not really a fan of that in books... I'm not a fan of love triangles in general, but that's beside the point :) fortunately for me that was not the case ;) so they've been friends forever and she was spending a lot of time at his house... and after some time she developed a crush on Declan... which turned into not a very pretty situation on her 18th birthday party... well, it's more complicated than just this one sentence, but I'm not gonna tell you more, although we learn all about that situation pretty early on in the book, but still ;) after that we skip ahead six years... when both Aubrey and Declan have a past behind them... and in each cases it's some serious and traumatic past I have to add... but since we learn more details much later, I won't spoil you anything... they end up as unlikely roommates, and that whole situation leads to their even more unlikely friendship... and then more... ;) I know I'm being vague,but there's really nothing more I can add about that, that wouldn't spoil you things, so I'm gonna change the subject a bit ;) I really liked them as a couple... the fact that they truly started as friends and that it wasn't just a case of falling in love in a day... ;) I liked their banter, and how they were together... both of them kept some secrets for some time... but I can understand the reasons behind that behaviour, so I'm not judging... and you shouldn't as well... and definitely not until you learn everything... that "love triangle" situation mentioned in the synopsis is basically towards the end of the book, and it's not really a case of a "love triangle" as it is a case of a woman sorting through a lot of complex and tangled emotions... and again... even though I'm not a fan of those situations, it was handled very well in this book, and I could sympathise with Aubrey and her dilemma...
Besides our main couple, there was of course a bunch of secondary charasters... and even though there were plenty of Aubrey's friends as well as Declan's friends, and they were all very interesting, the person I need to talk about, and the one who really stood out for me, is of course Drew :) he's Declan's younger brother and Aubrey's best friend :) and it was wonderful to see their friendship and closeness without worrying that one of them had more romantic feelings for the other :) and he's such a fun character... that's why I'm more than happy, that Drew actually got his own book :) I am very curious to see what's gonna wait for him in his own story :) and I was lucky enough to get a copy of that book from the lovely author as well :) it is waiting for me on my kindle and you can bet that I will get to it very very soon :)
All in all I enjoyed this story very much :) which is actually surprising, cause like I mentioned, I'm not a fan of those "love triangle" situations, but this one was very unique, and I had no problems with it :) it's a new author for me, but based on the fact that I loved her writing style, I will definitely check out her other work :) this particular book is written in 2 POVs, and that's just another checkmark on the plus side ;) it was a lovely mix of fun moments along with much more emotional ones... because believe me... there were parts when I wanted to reach into the book and hug a certain person or two... my heart was breaking for them... and that only made the beautiful ending of their story that more satisfying... ;) and even though this book wasn't perfect, I can wholeheartedly recommend it :) if you need a story that will tug at your emotions, but leave you with a charming smile on your face once you finish it, then definitely pick this one up ;)