Book Review: Wet

Wet (The Water's Edge Series Book 1)
by Stacy Kestwick

Doughnuts were her weakness.
If Sadie Mullins hadn’t been running on the beach to burn off the calories from her doughnut addiction, she wouldn’t have noticed the man not moving out in the water.
Wouldn’t have dived in after him.
Wouldn’t have met West Montgomery.
The cocky bastard should have been thankful, grateful even.
Of course, he wasn’t.
That should have been the end of it.
Of course, it wasn’t.
Damn doughnuts.

TeriLyn's thoughts: **Wet generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

Having never heard of this book and winning an ARC through a Facebook takeover I immediately read the blurb and some reviews and became quite intrigued. Wet proved to be a fun, interesting, and off-putting ride all put together as we ride the waves of our heroines, Sadie Mullins, life.

Scorned in a very direct, intriguing way by whom she thought was the love of her life Sadie uproots herself from Nashville and relocates to live with her best friend in a coastal town. Sadie and Rue, said best friend, devise a pact to only "have fun" be sleeping with tourists of said coastal town and not attaching themselves to townies. This line of thought carries a good part of the story. Throughout the book, there are few spots where the friendship between these was grating. It was juvenile with goings on of college frats girls rather than two women trying to be professionals.

On a morning run and a hilarious circumstance Sadie meets our hero, West Montgomery, a hot, arrogant, surfing local. Fireworks and warning bells simultaneously go off in Sadie's head. Post meeting she befriends a member of West's crew, Theo, and a budding friendship sparks. There are moments between Sadie and West I found truly charming. A few specific dates or times of true banter. When these are together sharing touching moments or glimpses of vulnerability I saw the potential for something great and my connection grew. The allure of the scenery around them, the beauty of the banter coupled with the cat and mouse game they're playing all were great elements to the story. West is definitely a stud, he says the right things, plans the right dates even when he's not totally forthcoming. His charisma is the best part of the book. It hurt when he best foot forward caught Sadie but she continually made me, as the reader, feel small when nothing was good enough that West did.

However, there were times I couldn't look past Sadie's abrasive attitude. She was overly defensive, catty, and sometimes just plain mean in the face of West to the point it was off-putting. I couldn't connect with this woman at all because I never truly understood her or her motivation. Trying to play a coy, sarcastic woman just didn't work with Sadie because it made her too much, in my opinion. I understood her plight and her scorn but it carried over way too much into her budding relationship with West. In addition, there's a mystery to West we can't figure out - a commonality in play to the scorn Sadie once felt. I don't mind the mystery of it or the villain in the form of a conniving woman trying to hook her star to West. But it renders a confusing plot line of when this woman comes into play and provides too much a catalyst for Sadie's insecurities leading to the inevitable cliff hanger. After all the back and forth of Sadie working to figure out if she can trust West or not, the "are we or aren't we" and "do I trust you or not" inner and outer monologues it just proved too much and too young for my tastes.

Wet proved just ok for me. It held my attention through the entire thing and while there is a cliff hanger personally I didn't find it shocking or too much to bear. This is a contemporary romance told from the heroine's POV.

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