Series: Lengths #4
Published by Self-Published on 26th August 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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When a shiny new convertible arrives for her twenty-first birthday, Hattie Beckett has had enough of her absent dad trying to buy a place in her life. It’s time for him to face her--or get out of her life forever.
She tosses some clothes in a bag, looks up her father’s last known address, and sets her GPS for Silver Stand, California.
When she arrives at a beach-bum paradise that’s totally foreign to her New England upbringing and finds nothing but an empty lot where her dad maybe once lived, her immediate instinct is to pack up her car and head right back to Connecticut.
But she also finds... Deo. The half-brother she never knew she had. He and his hippy-dippy mom insist that Hattie stick around—at least for the summer. And with all of her friends spending the summer abroad, what else does she have to do?
Her ideas about family are blown wide open as Deo and Marigold pull her in with their charm and love. But there’s still a huge question mark where her dad is concerned, and that question mark definitely looms over her ideas about love and relationships.
When Hattie meets Ryan, the college dropout turned competitive sailor, her perspective flips with her heart. Like it or not, Hattie is falling fast and hard for Ryan... even if it’s the last thing that she expected - and the last thing her newly found brother wants for her.
REVIEWED BY KELLY
*I received an eARC of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review*
So, it’s no secret that I LOVE Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt and their collaborative Lengths series. Ties, book #4 in the series, was no different. It was a love story but it wasn’t a straight forward love story. Hattie and Ryan were from two completely different worlds which, on paper, made them seem a very unlikely match. Their attraction, however, was pretty instantaneous. The only problem was what they would do about that attraction.
I have to be honest, I found it really hard to like Hattie’s attitude towards life. I don’t think I have ever read about a character who was so single-minded and focused as she was. She was very much a rule follower – 1. get a good education. 2. get a good job because of that education. 3. don’t settle for anything less. 4. don’t let anything get in the way – including a guy she could possibly fall in love with. Reading how she constantly pushed Ryan away was hard – if she didn’t want him I’d have him!
What I did love about Hattie was how she threw herself in to life with her new family and how she allowed them to welcome her in to their lives. They were complete strangers to her but she embraced them and their craziness. I loved Hattie’s interactions with Whit and Deo, but the ones she had with her grandfather were my favourite. I really felt for her and the things she had missed out on with them.
Ryan, Ryan, Ryan – I LOVED him and his POV was my favourite. I really felt for him as he struggled to accept Hattie’s way of thinking. He’d done some crazy stuff in his life – when it was revealed who Ryan was I was like “oh, of course! Ryan!” I just hadn’t put 2 plus 2 together! – but he was reformed and ready for something stable. Unfortunately Hattie didn’t want to have a part in that. Ryan’s brother, Tommy, was one of my favourite of the secondary characters in this book. He just absolutely cracked. me. up! He definitely needs his own story please, Steph and Liz!
I felt like the ending was wrapped up a bit too quickly and I would have liked to know more. That’s the sign of a good story though, right, when you’re not quite ready to let the characters go yet?
Ties was a quick read and one that I can definitely recommend, especially if you’re already a fan of the other books in the series. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it just as much as I did and fall in love with Ryan, too.
“We could talk. Like two civilized people,” I suggest, and she pulls a face. “What? You think I’m so handsome, I’ve never had to hold up my end of a conversation before?” – Ryan
“That kind of confidence is sexy as hell. If any guy doesn’t like it, kick him to the curb.”
“Are you just saying that because you want to remain on my curb?” she asks, laughing self-consciously.
“I’d be honored as hell to get to hang on your curb, Hattie Beckett.”
“That makes me sound like your pimp.”
She looks pleased, and I’ll take it. – Hattie and Ryan
“The Byrne men struggle with soft hearts and enormous wangs. It’s our cross to bear.” – Tommy – I think this is my FAVOURITE line from the whole book!
“If I could go back to that old version of myself, looking for something, anything to help him get over an epic broken heart, I would… I would go back to that stupid kid and tell him, ‘One day you’re going to meet her. Not the girl you stuck with because she was your first and you were too scared to let go. You’re going to meet the girl who tells you straight out of the gate that you have no chance, the girl you can’t let out of your sight. You’re going to fall fast and hard. And you’re going to wish you didn’t have to look her in the eye and tell her how you didn’t know she was coming into your life. Because you would have waited. You wish you’d waited.’” – Ryan
I raise my cup. “To nothing but wins from here on out.”
Genevieve taps my cup and Ryan raises his, laughing. “Well, thank you.” He looks me over and his eyes go dark, his pupils wide with raw need. “I feel like I might be on a winning streak.”
A tingle rushes from the part of my hair to the tips of my manicured toes.
Genevieve makes a big show of looking at her phone. “Oh my gosh! It’s one thirty!”
Ryan checks the bulky watch on his wrist. “It is. Are you late for something?”
“I am!” Genevieve has all the acting ability of a silent film star. She throws her hands to her cheeks and widens those pretty snake eyes. “My husband needed me to pick him up and take him to…a doctor’s appointment.”
I raise one eyebrow. “Really? What’s wrong with Adam?” I ask.
“He has…corns. On his…feet,” Genevieve says, grasping at straws and trying not to glare at me.
“Right. They do. And he can’t,” she says, gathering her purse. “But I hate dragging Hattie to the…foot doctor…Adam is so embarrassed, you know? I wish she’d brought her car.”
“Bummer. Me too,” I deadpan. “Looks like it’s an afternoon of outdated National Geographics at the podiatrist’s for me. Well, it was nice to meet you, Ryan.” I stand, my hand out, ready to shake and say good-bye.
Genevieve kicks at my ankle under the table.
“No,” Ryan says, shaking his head. “C’mon, you can’t spend this gorgeous afternoon in a doctor’s office. I’ll bring you back home when you’re ready. Here.” He holds out his phone to Genevieve. “You put your number in and call yourself, so you know you have my number. I swear, I’m not some shady character. You text or call whenever you want.”
Genevieve’s gray eyes zoom to my face, all desperate and full of stupid hope.
She did give poor Adam corns to arrange this.