Dear Ms. Shalvis:
I like the blurb for this book. A search and rescue member of the National Guard having served umpteen tours of duty is finally home. He can barely think of what he should do tomorrow. All he wants is to rest, relax and recoup. But even that is a challenge because his family is pressuring him to settle down, the government wants him back, and Jason Mauer can’t catch his breath long enough to process even one demand. The situation isn’t helped when a terrible storm sweeps through his small beach town of Santa Rey, California, and Jason’s skills are marshaled to help an old flame.
Lizzy Mann is a nurse whose sister seems to have gotten herself in a pickle. Her sister is 9 months pregnant in an area of Santa Rey that needs to be evacuated. Lizzy needs to get to the evacuation site and get her sister out there. Lizzy’s sister is congenitally irresponsible and thus cannot be trusted to remove her pregnant self even in these dire circumstances.
Lizzy and Jason have a small past which appears to be the basis of the romance, told in small flashbacks and reminisces. This story takes place in a little over twenty four hours. In the space of twenty four hours, give or take, a bit of time, Jason and Lizzy renew their acquaintance, search for Lizzy, have time to make torrid love, fight, and then find their HEA in each other’s arms. Unfortunately this Speed like romance failed to work for me.
The pacing of the story started off wrong for me. Lizzy appears at Jason’s house thinking she would get his brother. Instead she finds a near naked Jason. Despite Lizzy’s impending emergency, three chapters pass as the two talk about the past, make out, and figure out what to do to help Lizzy’s sister. During these passing pages, I kept thinking “where’s the urgency here?” It seemed like enough time passed to have the hurricane wind down or the sister to have floated away. Every time they took a break to do something, like kiss or have some heart to heart chat, I wanted to shake them a bit. Okay, a lot. Shake them a lot.
It wasn’t just the brevity of time that was allotted for Lizzy and Jason’s story because I was more captivated by the tiny romance sub plot included regarding Lizzy’s sister, Cece, and the handsome neighbor who ends up helping Cece find safety. At one point, she’s trying to get him to give her a flaw and he finally confesses to liking his plasma tv better than half his co workers.
In other words, I felt like I got to know Cece and her neighbor better than Lizzy and Jason whose past was less interesting than the present for me. Plus, given the urgency of the situation, all the reminiscing seemed out of place. Further, given that Lizzy was so concerned about Cece, I just got frustrated with the kissing and flirting in the middle of the raging storm.
Finally, I was irked that Lizzy kept making Jason take her through the storm with him. He’s a professional search and rescue guy. If he says she should stay back then I need Lizzy to make a good case that she needs to be with him, otherwise I’m thinking she’s a liability no matter how many times she comes in handy. Just let him do his job.
Maybe I’m not cut out for the storm induced romances even if they are based on a couple that had a past. C-