#MustRead: Deep Blue Eternity by Natasha Boyd

911uV+oTp+L__SL1500_I have been stalking following Natasha Boyd since I read Eversea in the Summer of 2013. I had the pleasure of meeting her in early 2014 after the release of Eversea’s sequel: Forever, Jack.  Since each title has a 4.5 (out of 5) star average with over 400 reviews (each) on Amazon, it is safe to say that I am not alone in my admiration of this author and her wonderful books.  If you are looking for swoon worthy romances with the perfect amount of laughter, drama and steam, grab the Eversea Series! Take them with you on Spring Break or Summer Vacation and thank me later!

Since I was already a fan, I eagerly awaited the release of her new book, Deep Blue Eternity, which came out on Thursday.  Guess what I did all weekend?  =)  This book is darker and grittier than her earlier novels, but every bit as engrossing and remarkable.

You don’t have to read too far to realize our heroine has runaway from home and is in possession of prescription pills that do not belong to her.  What she is running from and where she is going will hook you early and the action that follows will keep you spellbound until the story is over.  Along the way, she meets Tom and everything changes… and as is often the case in transformations, things must get worse before they get better.

Pete QuoteSmall side note: this book blog is a hobby of mine; my day job is working for a Design-Build firm.  We turn small mudrooms into Dream Kitchens and two small bedrooms and a bath into a Master Suite with His and Her Walk-ins.  One of my duties is taking the before & after photos of our renovations.  I wish I could make a Before & After photo essay of Olivia and Tom.  The people you meet in the early chapters look and act nothing like the people at the end of the story.  Both characters find courage and purpose, turning the small lives they hid behind into a big existence with plenty of room for love and life.  And how they do that is one incredible story.

I am not one to post spoilers – just encouragement to read this book.  Take the journey with them, and watch the renovations take place.  Sometimes the demolition is DIY in nature, other times external forces do the work. I loved this story of rebuilding lives, and while the “during process” is never as fun as the big reveal at the end of a project, the “After” is only dramatic when compared to the “Before.”

I LOVED the setting of  Daufuskie Island, and the remote setting afforded the characters the privacy and protection needed for the story.  It also, however, made them isolated and helpless when at their most vulnerable,  I enjoyed getting to know the secondary characters – both good and bad.  There is also a supernatural element to the island.  Gullah superstitions and remedies lap at the edges of unexplained events throughout the book, and it ties in beautifully with the Low Country culture.  It adds to the multi-dimensional tapestry woven by  a talented author, and I am reminded why I am such a fan of Natasha Boyd’s storytelling.  – kris

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