Series: Rarity Cove #2
Published by Left Field Press on June 12th 2017
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Hollywood leading man Carter St. Clair had it all—until a brutal stalker attack nearly takes his life. Seriously injured, he returns to his hometown of Rarity Cove, South Carolina, to recover in private, his outlook on fame forever changed by someone claiming to be his “number-one fan.”
Physical therapist Quinn Reese fled San Francisco to be free of her soon-to-be ex-husband, professional football player Jake Medero. Staying at her mother’s house in Rarity Cove seems like her only option until she can get back on her feet financially. When the St. Clair family makes her a lucrative offer of employment, Quinn sees the potential for starting over, even if it means working with Carter, who broke her heart years ago.
As Carter heals under Quinn’s care, a fragile bond forms between them. Carter also recognizes a parallel between his own stalker and the possessive pro baller who considers Quinn his property. But even as Carter steps into the role of Quinn’s protector, another dangerous storm is brewing…one for which neither of them is prepared.
I barely remember the characters in Rarity Cove’s first book, but ‘Low Tide’ sounded like an enticing read. Coupled with the fact that I generally like Leslie Tentler’s storytelling and characters, Carter St. Clair’s and Quinn Reese’s book sounded like a good fit.
And mostly, it was, objectively speaking. The St. Clair family’s drama slowly came back as I got into the plot; the pages turned, the story flowed (albeit slowly at times), and I pretty much was glued to the plot as the twist came at the very end.
My reservations slid in however, when it came to the characters, whom I didn’t think I actually liked and were invested in as much as Tentler’s other couples.
A man at the height of his career and the world at his feet and having it suddenly taken away, only to meet a woman way back from his past, whom he’d treated badly sounded like poetic justice. But this also dropped a big hint that Carter was enough of a prick to stay that way until his entire life was upended in an attack that had to have him reevaluating his priorities. Consequently, I didn’t exactly like Carter enough to root for him and Quinn, not when he only questioned his womanising, jet-setting and superficial lifestyle in the wake of this tragedy. That it had to take her rehabilitation and that time spent together for him to ‘develop’ real feelings for her couldn’t make me shake off the idea that he somehow needed to be brought down more than a notch when he returned to Hollywood, expecting that Quinn would be in tow with some concessions that he’d be making. Maybe I’d expected a bigger form of sacrifice on his part, or that he’d look somewhere else, away from the vitriol of that shallow life and was disappointed when that didn’t happen.
Quinn, on the other hand, was easier to relate to, as she did all she could to flee an abusive marriage yet finding herself trapped where she was. I liked how she could put aside her issues more than Carter could, but she was a bit too much of a damsel in distress for my liking and her easy acquiescence to Carter’s magnetic charm made me wish that she’d given him a harder time with it.
Frankly, I’m simply going to call ‘Low Tide’ a bit of a glitch. Tentler has always been an author I watch out for and it’s not going to stop me from what she comes up with next.