Genres: Contemporary Romance
I’m kinda sad, and A LOT of anxious. With the High Tide/Island Side duet comes ending of the Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances series. Once again, Michelle Mankin, great bringer of angst, has left my heart in my throat. High Tide was such an interesting journey through the eyes of Hollie Lesowski, who is also the sister to Franny Bay from the book Oceanside. With the opening High Tide, we are quickly brought into Hollies’ world – a teen fighting for the chance to make a career for herself all while getting through a traumatic attack and exposing her attacker, her stepfather, for the monster he is.
Hollie is such a delightful young woman. She’s living the life of a young starlet in the making, with demands most woman twice her age would cringe at. In her bodyguard Max she believes she has a man she can trust, a man she could fall for. As those feelings intensify and their relationship goes to another level, Max begins to exhibit some unusual behaviors, adding an air of mystery and suspense to what happening in the background of Hollie’s life. This is also when Hollie finds herself in too close proximity of Diesel le, a man with whom she shares a connection. Boy, do this two sizzle. It’s undeniable and also very confusing – not just for Hollie.
This is when I see the mastery of Ms. Mankins storytelling at it’s finest. I don’t want her to want him, she has Max after all. Sweet, solid, adoring Max. But slowly I start to see the fractures in Max’s character. He’s not all that he seems and in fact a few moments I’m really, really disappointed in him (as I’m sure I’m supposed to be). And I’m afraid that Diesel is all that he seems to be (and how confusing it is to be tantalized by that). Yes, the spark he shares with Hollie makes me believe he could be all that – and more!
I will read anything by Michelle Mankin and I never need to read a blurb to know that she will take my heart. So the relationship/love triangle combine that with a bit of a cliffhanger left me a bit on edge. No doubt this is a carefully constructed path I’m supposed to travel on this reading experience and I have that extra-special frisson feeling that there are tumultuous times ahead – and I can’t wait for it! 5 Stars and recommendation!
“No, not wonderful.” His masculine fingers flexed over mine. “If I were wonderful, I’d have fought these feelings harder. But I would’ve had to go right back to the beginning and walk away the first time I laid eyes on you to accomplish that feat. I’d have to look away every morning when you stumble out of bed looking so adorable.”
Scoffing, I said, “I look like death warmed over.”
“You look sweet, beautiful, and vulnerable.”
“I’m not vulnerable.” I lifted my chin, denying it, even though I knew I was. I stood on the shore with the rushing tide coming in fast, and my feet stuck and sinking deeper into the sand.