Fresh 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.
***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.
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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