Author: Katey Hawthorne
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Mina Carter
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/07/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Paranormal
Rather than spend his first post-college summer on the beach with a hot boy and a margarita, Zane Woodward goes home. While the lectures aimed at getting him to be more respectable like his lawyer father aren’t appreciated, Zane wants to be near his sister and his best friend—both of whom he’s convinced need him.
Enter Geordie Finsen: the Buddhist, blue-haired, stacked house sitter-next-door. Geordie has a penchant for parties, older women who can pay the bills, younger men who can wear him out—and he may or may not be able to control the weather.
While Geordie and his philosophies begin untangling Zane from his own expectations and hang-ups, they bring the two closer and closer. Soon their chemistry flares into a hot and heavy summer romance. But Geordie has hang-ups of his own, including an aversion to getting too attached to anyone or anything. When things get a little too heavy between him and Zane, his instinct to cut loose and run free is tested, and Zane’s plans for a perfect escape of his own might never get off the ground.
Chemistry. Characters need to have Chemistry in a romance novel. Characters need to convince me they are in love and can’t live without each other. Sadly, Geordie and Zane never presented their chemistry to me.
I don’t usually have an issue with Happy for Now style endings, as long as I know the main characters are, in fact, happy. Sadly, I never reached this comfort level with Back to the Sky.
I enjoyed the first book in Katey Hawthorne’s Elemental series, so I was looking forward to this one. Maybe it was my mood. Maybe I just never liked the characters well enough to begin to care about them.
However, all is not lost. There are some beautiful elements to this story. The free spirit that is Geordie is interesting, and his effect on Zane and helping to bring Zane out from under his domineering father’s thumb was great to see. Watching Zane’s sister blossom into a full person was also endearing. The concept that Geordie’s moods affected the weather is interesting.
I guess in the end, Back to the Sky was a mixed bag for me. There are elements I loved. Elements I loathed. And elements that just left me confused. I will continue to series, however, as there is just enough interest in each one to keep me coming back.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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