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Review by Suze
Liam and Kate only knew each other a few days when they decided to get married. They met in Las Vegas and it was an impulsive act. Liam changed his mind, left Kate without giving her a good reason and sent her divorce papers not much later. They never told anybody about their marriage. Kate mainly felt ashamed and didn't think she'd ever see Liam again. Fate decides otherwise though. Because of Kate's job she and Liam meet each other again in the most unexpected circumstances.
Kate is being sent to the Buoys to help Liam and his brothers fix the place without knowing up front that it's his family business she's being assigned to. Liam's father passed away and he and his brothers are trying to keep the property in the family. The Buoys is a beautiful remote place and fishing trips are their main source of income. They don't want a big property developer to turn their family business into a luxurious hotel. They want it to remain the small and cozy place it is now. Kate's boss was a friend of Liam's father and he's offering Kate's help to get things up and running again. If they can't manage he will take over and buy the Buoys from them. That's something Liam wants to prevent at all costs. Liam is a professional baseball player and after a nasty injury he's trying to get his career back on track. His break comes at the exact right moment and gives him time to work at the Buoys. When he meets Kate he immediately feels the same as when he married her, but will she give him another chance and does he want one when he doesn't even know yet if he belongs on a field or in a boat?
Off the Hook is a wonderful original story. I immediately loved the setting, the Buoys is a magical place. I had fun reading about the business and loved the determination of the main characters to make something of it with the small budget they have. I fell in love with the setting and their plans and enjoyed reading about everything that happened. The Buoys is secluded, there are few modern conveniences and it's peaceful and quiet, while at the same time a lot is going on. I absolutely loved that contrast.
Kate is a talented woman. She's done so many different things in her life that she's good at everything. She managed to get a degree while working as hard as she could and she found a good job. She has a strong work ethic, is driven to do well at whatever she does and she isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. I loved her no-nonsense attitude and liked that it is clear from the start that she can take care of herself. She also has a softer side though, she's understanding and sweet and she genuinely wants to help Liam and his brothers. Liam is smitten, but he doesn't know how to give in to those feelings. He's got a lot of issues and Kate somehow makes them all better, which is incredibly endearing. They have amazing chemistry and they complement one another. Liam shows Kate his world and makes her part of everything he enjoys about it, which is another thing I really liked about Off the Hook. They are such a great team and every day they spend together their bond becomes more powerful.
Laura Drewry has a lovely easy flowing writing style. Her descriptions of both her main characters and their surroundings are expressive and dynamic. Her story is unique, enchanting and entertaining. The setting is romantic, the characters are charming and sympathetic and the storyline is creative and surprising. I highly recommend Off the Hook, it's a terrific captivating story with many unexpected twists and turns.
Off the Hook is a great choice for readers who love original romantic stories with a brilliant setting and a surprising plot.
About Laura Drewry
The first book Laura ever owned was On the Banks of Plum Creek, which still sits up on the top shelf with the rest of the Little House series. She blames her mother for her book addiction because it was her mother who always had (still has) a couple books on the go, and who used to read and watch The Edge of Night at the same time.
Laura had been scribbling things for years before she decided to seriously sit down and write. It helped that she and her husband had just moved 700 km away from their families, it was the dead of winter and she was about 49 months pregnant with their second child, all of which gave her the excuse she needed to hunker down and get at it.
That first book will never ever ever see the light of day again, but it was a launching pad for her second addiction – writing. Her books have been described as "delightful," "clever," and "smart, sassy and refreshingly different ."
After spending eight years in the Canadian north, Laura now lives back home in southwestern British Columbia with her husband, three sons, a turtle named Sheldon and an extremely energetic German Shepherd. She loves old tattered books, good movies, country music and the New York Yankees.
1.Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I write fun and sexy small town contemporary romances usually set on the west coast. When I’m not writing I like to read (of course! LOL), I like to watch Marvel movies, binge Netflix, pin recipes I’ll never make, and cheer for the Yankees. My husband and I and our three sons live in southwestern British Columbia where we share our home with two dogs, a turtle, four chickens and about 30,000 bees.
2.What makes your heart beat faster?
Every time my husband makes me laugh, every time I hear him explaining and showing things to our kids, and every time I look at him and realize that twenty-two years into this marriage, I’d marry him all over again.
3. If you could create the perfect romantic day what would it look like?
It would be the two of us lounging around at home, talking about everything from where we started thirty years ago to where we’ll be in another thirty, watching the entire Bourne series while we eat our meals (that magically appear) curled up on the couch.
4. Who are your favorite romantic couple?
Hmmmmm. There are so many to choose from. One of my favourites right now is Jack and Rebecca on This is Us, because they deal with stuff and they fight, but at the end of the day, they love each other and they make the choice to let that love win instead of giving into the anger. Having said that, though, the way their storyline is heading, I’m getting a little worried about them. ☺
5. Could you describe what romance means to you?
To me, romance is not about getting a dozen roses on Valentine’s Day and it’s not about expensive dinners or fancy vacations. I think it’s romantic when my husband makes me a cup of coffee, or when he phones me in the middle of the day, and it’s massively romantic to me when I go out to my car in the middle of winter to find he’s already cleaned the snow off. It’s the little bits of time where a person shows another that they’re thought of, cared for, and loved.
6. Do you find it difficult to write about romance?
Honestly, I think it’s difficult to write every genre. They each have their own obstacles and complications when it comes to writing them, and with romance novels, one of those obstacles is trying to blend a plausible external plot with the emotional turmoil going on within the two protagonists. So to answer your question, yes, it can be very difficult to write romance, but at the end of the day, when my protagonists finally find a way to work through their conflicts, it’s such a beautiful thing that I forget how hard it was getting over that hump with them. ☺
7. Can you tell us about your most romantic experience?
We’d booked a trip to Maui and our first night there, he whips out a ring and not only proposes to me, but tells me everything is already arranged and the only thing I needed to do was find a dress. That was Tuesday night and we were married on the beach on Friday afternoon. I know there are probably a lot of women out there who would have wanted to organize it themselves, who like the idea of pouring over things like guest lists and caterers and how many bridesmaids they should have, and more power to them. But that was never the kind of wedding I wanted and he knew it. So it was just the two of us, the preacher (who looked an awful lot like Jesus), the wedding planner and the photographer. It was perfect.
8. What kind of music do you like to listen to when you're in a romantic mood?
George Strait. Oh, wait. George would be my answer to any musical question. LOL
9. Which country personifies romance for you and why?
I’ve never been, but I like to think of Italy as a very romantic country. The language itself is so beautiful sounding, the food. . .oh my goodness. . .and couple those with a good glass of wine while you’re sitting on a terrace overlooking the sea. Sigh. I think I need to start saving for a trip there. ☺
10. What can we expect from you in the future?
My latest book, CATCH AND RELEASE, which is the third and final book in my Fishing for Trouble series, has just come out (Feb 28th) and right now I’m working on the first book in a new series that’s maybe a tiny bit like Sweet Home Alabama meets Bridget Jones meets He’s Just Not that Into You.
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