Tuesday, June 18, 2019

In the Swim of Things

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  Ocean-loving Kyra Goodwin had to give up her dream of becoming the female Jacques Cousteau in order to take care of her father and brother, but being a mermaid at the Cape Cod Aquarium is pretty fintastic as far as alternative careers go.

Of course, life as a half-fish/half-woman isn’t all sunken treasure and Ariel twirls. Kyra has to deal with perpetually pruney fingers, eyes irritated by saltwater, and bratty kids on the daily, plus her glam alter ego can make dating really weird. (So many men have pervy siren-of-the-sea fantasies!) When she meets hunky surfer Cade, and he’s into her without knowing what she does for a living, Kyra thinks she’s finally won the romance lottery.

Unfortunately, Kyra’s plans for a carefree summer of catching waves with her new boyfriend run aground when Sea Star Beach, a place that holds great sentimental value for her, is taken over by a big-city developer who wants to build an exclusive resort. Kyra’s crusade to save her beloved beach threatens both her job and her relationship with Cade as does her growing closeness with her irresistibly broody merwrangler, Declan, whose precocious daughter is intent on playing matchmaker.

When a new family drama arises just as Kyra receives an offer that would turn her greatest desire into reality, she’s torn. Will she do what’s expected of her, or dive in and follow her heart?

One (or more) Sentence Summary: What a great summer read!  I loved it.  Who knew you could be a mermaid and get paid for it? I would have never guessed it was such hard work either.  

What makes a great summer read? Here is my list: a beach, hot romance, steamy sex, strong female, and a great ending that leaves me wanting a sequel.  In the Swim of Things had all of the above, plus some unknown gems that eventually comes out.

The story take place on the Cape.  Kyra is a strong female and fights for what is right. She puts her family needs before her own needs and wants.  She sacrificed a lot for her father and brother.  She held rallies, fought the corporate big-wigs when they took over her special beach.  She never gives up.

Kyra meets Cade at a yoga class and they hit it off immediately. He is a hot professional surfer.  He treats Kyra very well and has decided to make the Cape his home now that he is retired.  You know something must be missing - who can have it that good?  Cade works for the corporate big-wigs that bought the beach.  The same beach Kyra is fighting for the town to get access to again.

Declan works with Kyra at the aquarium as her merwrangler (helps her get everywhere) and makes sure she is safe in the water.  Recently divorced (and sexy), Declan keeps to himself and appears to be moody.  However, Kyra and Declan have always had a good relationship.  What kind of good relationship? I won’t tell.

In the end only one guy ends up with Kyra, who could it be; the hot surfer or the sexy merwrangler? I would also love a sequel!

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: I have read two other books by Tracie Banister.  Twin Piques and Izzy As Is

An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O'Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)

Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a "real" job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. She is the proud winner of the 2017 Independent Press Award (Romantic Comedy) and a Bronze Medal in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Awards (Chick Lit).

Although Tracie swore she’d never write a sequel to any of her books, the character of Izzy Alvarez, who first appeared in In Need of Therapy, would not be denied. Izzy As Is is Tracie’s fifth novel, and she hopes readers enjoy this return trip to Miami.

Tracie blogs about books and other fun stuff at http://traciebanister.blogspot.com/

You can subscribe to her author newsletter, The Banister Buzz, here: http://eepurl.com/by0VAv

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