Tuesday, March 18, 2014

To the Sea (Excerpt + Giveaway + Review)

“I’d like a coffee, just milk please.”
“And one of these babies,” Jamie said pointing to the gooey plate of giant cinnamon buns.
He stretched his arms overhead while they waited for the order, revealing the toned line of his waist and abs. She practically drooled and not over the melted glaze drizzle on the cinnamon confection.
Kira, her body exhausted from being in the waves, welcomed the chair Jamie pulled out at a vacant table. When he joined her, the sleeves of his t-shirt hugging his upper arms and the eager expression on his lips, caused something primal and long dormant or never quite conscious to begin with, to awaken within her.
“So Kira, what brings you here, this time of year? We usually get the beach babes in the summer months.” He said the words as if they were the most normal thing in the world. Like beach babes were the same as kittens or apples.
Kira wasn’t sure what to say. She didn’t feel the same connection to Jamie as she did to Ian, she felt like she could be herself with the latter. Both were intense. But with Jamie, it was different; there was attraction, but the kind that left her tongue-tied. She wasn’t sure he’d understand her vague explanation.
“I wanted to try something new, I guess.”
“You came to the right place. I just got back from Costa Rica. The swell was up so I flew down there for a couple. It was really going off. You have to do it while you can, yanno? You just never know when the waves will be flat or when your number might be up.”
“Too true.”
 Jamie pulled a chunk off the cinnamon roll. “Delicious. Have a bite.”
Kira took a length of the coiled roll. He smiled flirtatiously at her, his eyes crinkling at the corners as he sipped his coffee.
“You know they say cinnamon is an aphrodisiac.”
“I wouldn’t know,” Kira said candidly.
“You’ve got something, there,” he reached over and wiped a crumb off her lip then licked his finger. A hot flame ignited within her. She pressed her lips together in the place he’d just touched, and she felt a deep longing sizzling inside her.


I am really impressed with this book! I was so excited to read it because I'm a beach girl. I love the sea, I love the idea of surfing, and above all, I LOVE guys. This book incorporated all my loves into one spectacular story. I really had no idea that this book would take me on such a deep, heartwarming journey. This is a great debut novel! 

Kira has gone through unimaginable pain. She's a widow at a very young age and is completely lost, having experience the unexpected as such a young age. The pain that she encounters is so heart wrenching. Kira is broken and can't seem to get over her disappointing loss. Her loss in not only in a person, but also in her dreams and expectations. She eventually comes to the realization that life goes on. This is something that I loved about the book. The journey the character takes is inspiring and completely relatable. 

The Sea. Kira's fear for the unknown is such a crucial role in this novel. I loved how the sea was incorporated in this novel. I seriously went to the sea while reading the book because I wanted to feel that connection Kira had with the sea. It made me related to her by looking at the daunting unknown. The sea perfectly portrayed her growth as a person. 

BOYS. TWO SURFER BOYS! LOVE THEM, kind of. I really loved Ian. The connection he forms with Kira is such a special bond. There was just something in the way he felt Kira's pain that made me love him for being so understanding. I just hope that men like him really do exist because I really need an Ian in my life! Jamie was HOT and I would totally love to have a fling with him. Although they two distinct roles in Kira's life, Jamie and Ian are completely swoon-worthy. (I have a BIG thing for surfer guys) 

This book is not about physical relationships, but more about a woman trying to find herself. I usually don't like reading these types of books, but there was something about this one that made me read it nonstop! Do I recommend it? YES!!! You must read this book, it speaks to you on some levels. So relatable, so real, so perfect. LOVED IT! 


Deirdre Riordan Hall is the author of upper young adult and new adult fiction. She spends her days with her family, writing (what else?!) at the custom-made desk her husband crafted, or seaside, pretending she's a mermaid.

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