ARC Review: Clallam Bay by L.C. Morgan

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synFresh out of college, Hailey Wells left the hustle and bustle of Chicago to accept a first-year teaching job in the cloudy coastal town of Clallam Bay. Across the country and away from everyone she knew, she found herself building new friendships and quietly observing the actions of her next door neighbor, local charmer Collin Locke.

The two forged an unlikely friendship, but for Hailey, it became much more.

He wasn’t what she was expecting.

She wasn’t his type.

Or so she thought.

Too bad growing closer to Coll also meant questioning what she really wanted out of life. Would a few stolen moments and some weather-worn letters be enough to bind them together, or would the tides of uncertainty rip them apart?

All books in this series are standalone and have their own individual story. All are intended for adults 18 and over. Includes sexual content and sensitive adult situations.

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author

Clallam Bay is an introspective, short, and sweet romance that is really about finding out what you want when faced with the possibility of true love. 

Hailey is just trying to figure out her life. She’s kind of awkward, shy, a little embarrassed, and never seems to know what she’s doing. Always second guessing herself, Hailey is searching for the woman she wants to become beneath all the expectations and things she thought she wanted. Hailey is relatable. She makes mistakes, she loves Doritos, she eats her feelings, she wants a love that will last, not some fleeting one night stand. 

The plot is slow, achingly slow. Nothing really happens. Throughout the book it’s a lackadaisical, lazy, and mundane pace. Honestly, there’s really nothing to break up the slowness. It kind of stutters along. 

The romance builds, oh so slowly, and sweetly, but with so many doubts that it’s hard to root for them. The few and far between moments when they are together are soft and playful, getting to know each other. 

Letters. Coll’s letters to Hailey are a little rough around the edges, just like him, and revealing. So much about himself and his dreams, he hides away. Letting Hailey in is a way of opening his heart like he never had never. 

Secondary characters were so-so. Amber and Alyssa are basically the same person, except Amber is a controlling, food hating mean girl. I got a lot offended by the brash way she knocks Hailey down and tries to cover it up with less than a band-aid of apology. Other characters had a strong presence, but there wasn’t enough of them. I needed more.

In some ways, the story feels nostalgic and like a memory. Like Hailey is looking back and summarizing everything that happened in retrospect. More imagery, more details, and more interaction to solidify the emotions being built would have helped to intensify the romance. 

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L. C. Morgan resides with her husband on the outskirts of a small town in the heart of it all. A lover of many things, she puts family first and Diet Coke second. When not working she can be found spoiling her new nephew with lots of love and kisses while awaiting her own little bundle of joy or at home, face shoved in her Kindle, fingers typing away to free the words from her head. She writes them for you and hopes you enjoy them as much as she enjoys yours.

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Pleasant reading, 

Jordan

Cover Re-Reveal: Killshot by Aria Michaels

Thanks to the amazing artistic skills of L.J. Stock, the Icarus Series has a whole new look. Killshot was the first to undergo the visionary metamorphosis. This amazing cover is raw, emotional, and gritty, just like the adventures contained within the story’s pages. Grab your copy of this bestselling YA dystopian today. See why critics and readers alike are raving and get to know Liv and the gang, so you are ready when Ballistic (Icarus Series, Book Two) releases on June 1, 2016!

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synAfter the death of their parents, seventeen year old Liv Larson and her younger brother are separated by the foster care system. Her grades slip, her friends drift away, and she gives up on her plans for college. The only thing that matters is keeping the promise to get back to her brother. After months of solitude and anti-social behavior, Liv’s best friend Riley drags her to their high school’s rooftop solar flare party. Despite the beautiful lights dancing in the sky, Liv finds herself captivated by Zander, a mysterious boy with a crooked smile. For a few hours, she allows herself to feel normal again. 

That is until what should have been a small flare erupts into a massive solar storm. Cut off from the rest of the world with no sign of rescue, fear and paranoia begin to take their toll on the group. Battle lines are drawn and their ranks are divided. Soon, those left behind must embark on a perilous journey to save one of their own…but, something sinister awaits them in the shadows and it’s undeniably connected to Liv. 

Can she keep her promise to reunite with her brother? What are Liv and her friends willing to do to survive? Will their bravery and determination be enough to save them all from a rogue military unit, a terrifying virus, and the things that go bump in the night? 

Or was Icarus really the KILLSHOT?
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Epic reading, 
Jordan