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Sparks Fly by Sarah Sanders

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Running the Tides by Amanda Kayhart

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A homophobic grandmother’s harsh unacceptance of Avery Greene’s sexuality introduces bitterness into Avery despite Avery’s mom’s complete acceptance and support. When her grandmother passes, in the process of helping clear out the house Avery comes across letters – love letters – spanning decades from a lady to her grandmother. With only an address, which turns out to be a B&B, Sea Springs Inn, in North Carolina, Avery is pushed by her BFF to find the letter-writer and unearth more about her grandmom. When she reaches there, Avery finds that Sea Spings Inn is being run by one utterly gorgeous Olivia, the grand-daughter of the letter-writer. While she is unable to discuss the real reason of her visit, Avery is equally incapable of resisting the awesomeness that is Olivia.

We wanted to like this book much more than we did especially because Olivia absolutely dazzles. The simmering chemistry between the MCs. Olivia’s flirting and her persona. The build-up of the attraction. The great sex scenes. Everything made us want to like the book way more. But…Avery is the downer. Where Olivia is fun, intelligent, honest and open; Avery is closed, secretive, rather self-absorbed and not very likeable. Then there is Avery’s BFF who though has a much smaller role, is intensely dislikeable. So all of Olivia’s awesomeness is offset and diminished by Avery.

In fact, though the MCs get together in the end, we do not see this relationship lasting too long. Olivia is just way, way better and outclasses Avery by light years.

However, despite our unhappiness with the matching up of these two characters, the book is immensely readable. We were also rather touched by the grandmother's story. So quite a few plusses there.

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