by Ashley Lynn Willis
As many of you know it's been months since I was at sea with the crew of The Rusty Dagger. So this charming book with it's connections to the deep really floated my boat! (ARGH! What a bad pun!) Bad puns aside, I really liked this book.
Justin was sweet and kind, not to mention good looking. Plus he really cared about Mandy, as a fried as well as a lover. He even stood up to his best friend Ty in regards to Mandy, long before he even knew if he had a shot with her. As for the whole issue of it was his best friends girl. Well Ty was being a dill weed, to put it mildly, and he deserved what he got. Willis did a really good job with Mandy as well. From her concerns about her cancer returning to her fear of being rejected simply because of her surgery scars, and mostly everything in between. Mandy felt real and I liked her. I found myself able to understand and sympathize with her. There is this great bathroom scene in the beginning of the book. Mandy is freaking out over some tests and her best friend, Lori, comes in to check on her. Before I spoil the whole scene for you, let me just stop myself and say that the banter between the two friends felt real. I could imagine it happening in real life.
The only problem I had at all in the story was near to the end. ***Major Spoiler alert*** Justin and Mandy are cornered by Ty and Justin goes into a rage and defends Mandy. Mandy gets freaked out because of how over the top Justin's anger went. She even runs off and says she doesn't think she can be with him since he can't control his anger. Ok. Look, if one of my ex-boyfriends shot a gun at my head and my boyfriend went ballistic and accidentally hurt my ex I would NOT be feeling any sympathy for my ex. Sorry, maybe that makes me a bad person *shrug* but it's just my opinion.***End Spoiler alert*** Ok, maybe that wasn't soo bad a spoiler.
Besides that one issue I had with Mandy, I really liked the book. Willis's description of the sea are beautiful, I felt like I was really there. As I said before her handling of Mandy's issues from her cancer was spot on. I would definitely read more of this authors work. Whether it involves the sea or not!
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday! and a Happy New Year!
'Til Next Time!