PRAISE TO AUTHOR NATASHA BOYD! For blowing me completely out of the water with her debut novel Eversea.
My God. Just. My God. And all the other Gods or whatever God or spiritual existence you believe in, just…wow!
This book took me COMPLETELY by surprise, it took my heart captive, and now I’m completely addicted to Jack Eversea. (Can he be real and can I stalk him?) There aren’t many books that I can say I’ve been emotionally connected to, but this one has definitely made the list. Romance, heartbreak, and a love powerful enough to change people. It just completely blew me out of the water.
Meet Keri Ann Butler, just an young woman dealing with the tragic death of her family, while being the only remaining member to keep her family’s historic house intact. Her daily life remains a constancy of working at the restaurant and trying to keep her house from coming down on her. Having friends and a social life is okay, having a boy in her life is definitely not part of the equation…until a stranger stumbles in just before closing. Jack Eversea has been every girl’s wet dream for years. He stars in a movie adaptation of a novel called Warriors of Erath, a book that Keri Ann and her friends have been obsessed with for ages . Never in her wildest dreams did she dream that the infamous Jack Eversea would walk into her little town and stumble into her life. Now Keri Ann has to decide whether she wants to open her heart to the man every girl dreams about, or if she wants to chalk it all up to life experience.
I have to admit, this book was sitting in my Amazon cart for the longest time. I just didn’t see the appeal for it…
Even after all the reviews and the ratings, there just wasn’t much pulling me to the book to buy it. It has a GORGEOUS cover, and something that is really appealing and eye-catching, but I wasn’t 100% sure I was all convinced about the story. No matter how much people were ranting and raving about it I just wasn’t sure. Still, I bought Eversea and the sequel Forever, Jack in the hopes that I would like them…turns out I LOVED IT!
After you’ve been reading romance novels for a while part of your senses where the story will go. The guy will chase the girl, they fall in love, blah blah blah, it’s always the same pattern. Even with this novel, the pattern may be the same but the approach is different. I can see Jack and Keri Ann being TOTALLY REALISTIC characters based off real people. The way they respond, the way they communicate and exchange conversation…that’s what makes a good author. With these two, you were never really sure what they were going to say or what they wanted out of a potential relationship. I felt like the entire time I was reading, I was holding my breath because I was afraid someone would just make a terrible mistake and ruin everything. It didn’t feel…obvious, is what I’m trying to get at.
I loved Keri Ann and I love her POV/voice. It is so refreshing to see strong independent women in novels. But you know what they say, “A real woman can do it by herself, but a real man won’t let her.” There’s a lot of truth to this saying. Keri Ann carries a lot of pride with her and carrying the Butler name. She doesn’t want pity, she doesn’t want hand-me-outs, she wants to prove she can do it on her own, and that’s an amiable quality. But when Jack Eversea comes along the last thing he does is pity her, he wants to help her just for the sake of helping her, and no other reason. She’s so mature for her age and acts so responsible. Sometimes it makes you feel sorry for her that at her age she should be going out, discovering herself and having fun.
Now, Jack Eversea.
This man….needs to get on every girl’s book boyfriend list, because this man is….definitely something else.
Not only is he swoon-worthy, and famous, but he’s genuinely kind and generous, he really cares for the people closest to him, and really wants to do right by Keri Ann. Although there’s an undeniable attraction between the two of them, he realizes that he’s in one world and she’s in another. No matter how badly he wants to be with her there are promises he has to fulfill. I mean how would you act if Stephen Amell, Ian Somerhalder, or David Tennant walked into your life and wanted a relationship with you? It’s too good to be true. But he isn’t a fool, he knows who and what he is and he doesn’t use that to take advantage of Keri Ann, and even acknowledges that he has to go back to stardom eventually and doesn’t want to break her heart.
The pacing of the book is perfect, the length is stellar, there book really is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! If you haven’t read it yet, take it from me and pick it up after you finish your current read. You won’t regret it. Boyd has created something special in Jack, and it’s hard to believe this is her debut novel! I can see this being picked up by Galley or Atria in the near future. Don’t wait! Pick up Eversea and read it TODAY!
6/5 Hearts of Love