On the Rocks by Kim Law
(A Turtle Island Novel)
Publisher & Release Date: Montlake Romance, January 12, 2016
Time and setting: Present Day, Turtle Island, North Carolina
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 304 pages
Heat Level: 2 Flames
Rating: 5 Gold Crowns
Sassy tomboy Ginger Atkinson would rather be captaining a deep-sea fishing boat than baking pies, yet she still wishes she had a man to bake for. Sure, the pretty redhead is happy running her late father’s Turtle Island ferry business, but everyone in the world is finding love except her. Stuck on the wrong side of thirty, she’s trying to accept singlehood by building a dream home—for one.
In high school, Carter Ridley loved to sneak off with his good friend Ginger to watch the sun rise over the ocean. But after graduation, his path took a different route. One that, unlike Ginger’s, did get him the spouse and house of his dreams. At least, until a scandal shattered everything.
Running from his heartbreak, Carter returns to Turtle Island, where he discovers that Ginger is all grown up. His teenage friend has become the woman he’s always wanted. But will Carter’s pain scare him away from a chance at happiness? Or can he be the loving partner Ginger’s been looking for?
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I’ve been a fan of Kim Law’s for quite some time now. When I received a request to read this book in exchange for an honest review, I eagerly accepted. I have loved her Turtle Island Novel series, and On the Rocks is an outstanding addition to this amazing series. Since the book description captures the essence of this book, I am not going to do a recap of the story.
On the Rocks grabbed me from the first page, and I could not stop reading this book. The pacing is fantastic, and Ms. Law’s writing style is so smooth and flowing. Her dialogue sparkles, and she has just the right amount of narrative as well.
I really loved Ginger’s character. She’s down-to-earth, sassy and smart. She is independent, yet vulnerable at the same time. I loved her dedication to her mother and her friends. While she has a terrible time with dating, she does not let it get her down. Her goals are set, and by gosh, she will fulfill her dreams of love and family!
Carter’s character is a wounded soul when he first arrives on Turtle Island. He’s as grumpy as a bear. He drinks too much, and he’s started smoking cigarettes as a form of rebellion. He’s been the good guy his whole life, and it hasn’t brought him what he longs for. I truly felt his pain and anguish over ex-wife’s betrayal. You might think he is an unappealing character, but he is far from that. He’s a true sweetheart of a guy and really deserves to find his happy ending.
On the Rocks is overall, a light-hearted read, but at the same time, it is an emotionally-charged story with both characters showing their vulnerabilities. It’s a charming friends to lovers story, so the romance develops gradually, allowing me to really get to know both characters. I loved how Ginger and Carter pick up their friendship as if the years had not kept them apart. They can be real with each other. For me, this made On the Rocks a very believable romance.
It was great getting a glimpse at the past characters’ lives. The three woman have remained friends even though they now live in different parts of the country. If you’re looking for a book that will have you laughing and crying, a story that will pull at your heart-strings, then you will want to read On the Rocks. I strongly recommend this delightful book. Happy reading!
As a child, award-winning author Kim Law cultivated a love for chocolate, anything purple, and creative writing. She penned her debut work, “The Gigantic Talking Raisin,” in the sixth grade and got hooked on the delights of creating stories. Before settling into the writing life, however, she earned a college degree in mathematics and worked for years as a computer programmer. Now she’s living out her lifelong dream of writing romance novels. She’s won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award, been a finalist for the prestigious RWA RITA Award, and served in varied positions for her local RWA chapter. A native of Kentucky, Kim lives with her husband and an assortment of animals in Middle Tennessee.