Title: The South Winds
Author: Allison Mullinax
Genre: Contemporary, romance
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing
Release Date: August 7th 2018
Cassie Ray, manager of her family’s successful oyster house, has never asked for much out of life. The sun, surf, and sand are her companions. The regulars and tourists that flock to The Slippery Oyster are her livelihood. But when the Atlantic kicks up a hurricane, sending waves of black water threatening the coast, Cassie quickly learns that the south winds have blown in a lot more than debris and saltwater.
Dean Alexander left Turquoise Isle eight years ago and never looked back. With his sister’s wedding approaching, and a hurricane churning in the Gulf, Dean returns home, where he’s welcomed with a riptide of memories determined to pull him under.
Will Cassie and Dean make it through the crashing waves of the past? Will they get a second chance before it’s too late or will the storm ahead be too much for them to handle?
Dean and Cassie are old high school sweethearts from a small town and hadn’t seen each other in 8 years when Dean moved away to the city. When Dean comes back to walk his sister down the aisle he and Cassie meet again and their past begins to unfold. We slowly learn what broke them apart and get to experience the journey of them letting go of the past and finding their way back to each other.
I really wanted to like The South Winds but unfortunately, it wasn’t for me. When I read the description and saw the beautiful cover of the couple in the sunset, I was genuinely excited. Having read her previous book, When it all Goes Still, I had really high expectations but this book just didn’t live up to them. I didn’t think the story offered anything different to what I had read before and was very predictable. It wasn’t something that I would remember in a months time, or rave to my friends about or even pick up to read again.
I’m so upset that I didn’t like this book! I absolutely loved When it all Goes Still with the time travel elements, you can read my review here, and it grabbed me right from the start.
I think the plot was good and had a lot of potential, it just wasn’t executed as well as it could’ve been. My biggest problem was that I didn’t connect with any of the characters. I found Cassie quite bland and irritating, Dean was okay albeit a little cliched and I just couldn’t stand his sister. I don’t know what it was I didn’t like about her, she just annoyed me so much!
Don’t get me wrong, Allison is a fantastic writer and I will very happily read her next books! There were some funny, laugh out loud moments, and I loved Jonah, Cassie’s gay best friend who Dean mistook for her boyfriend. Just overall this book wasn’t for me and isn’t one I would read again.
If you’re someone who likes a good ol’ cheesy romance that’s super quick to read then you probably will enjoy this. Personally, I just needed something a bit more gritty and unique with more memorable characters.
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