Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs Review

Tempest Maguire only has two goals in life: to surf all of the best waves, and to not turn into a mermaid. In Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs, Tempest doesn’t want to turn into a mermaid. Her mom was a mermaid and because the pull of the sea was too strong, abandoned their family. Tempest doesn’t want to end up like her mom, but mostly she is enjoying her almost perfect life. She spends all morning surfing with her best friends, goes to school and has classes with her perfect boyfriend, Mike, and has a loving family. The only thing missing is her mother. As Tempest’s 17 birthday approaches, the pull from the ocean becomes stronger. Strong enough that she isn’t sure she can resist anymore. To complicate things even more, she meets Kai, a mysterious surfer that seems to have powers similar to Tempest. Tempest isn’t sure she has made the right decision even as she participates in adventures that she never believed were possible.

I really enjoyed how strong of a character Tempest was. She knew what was important to her even as the trials she faced complicated the situation. Kai was also a fun character because of how mysterious he was, how he almost seemed to just fade from sight. I really thought that Deebs did a great job with the flow of the plot. She also did a fabulous job of making the words literally form pictures in my mind. Tempest had to overcome a lot of trials during the course of this book and it helped me really relate to her character. Some of the trials she was forced to endure through reminded me of the trials in my own life. I really enjoyed this story despite how heart wrenching it was at times!

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: Tempest Rising

Author: Tracy Deebs

Format: Paperback, ebook

Page Nos.: 352

ISBN: 978-0802722317

Publisher: Walker’s Children

Release Date:  May 2011

Reviewer: Jillian

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

The Creed’s Legacy by Linda Lael Miller Review

Brody Creed left home after fighting with his twin brother and has been on the road ever since but Brody has decided it is time to go home, now if he can just fix everything he left behind. In The Creed’s Legacy by Linda Lael Miller begins where Creed’s Honor left off (you can read my review of Creed’s Honor here), Brody has returned home and is building his dream house but seeing all his family happily married is a constant reminder of how empty his new house is going to be.

Carolyn Simmons has spent years caring for other people’s houses but she has finally decided it is time to move on with her own life.  She has opened a store with Tricia McCall, now Tricia Creed, and has an apartment and a cat. She joins an online dating service hoping to find the man of her dreams but despite all the interested guys she finds herself drawn to Brody, the man who broker her heart years before.

The Creed’s Legacy by Linda Lael Miller started off slower than the previous Creed’s novels for me. It was great to finally get Brody and Carolyn’s back story and find out exactly what happened to them but I just kept feeling like if Brody would just talk to Carolyn everything could have been resolved in about 100 pages.  That being said, I enjoyed the story. I always enjoy Miller’s themes of family and family heritage.

You can read an excerpt here.

Montana Creeds Series:

Montana Creeds: Logan

Montana Creeds: Dylan

Montana Creeds: Tyler

A Creed Country Christmas

A Creed in Stone Creek

Creed’s Honor

Creed’s Legacy

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Title: The Creed Legacy

Author: Linda Lael Miller

Format: Paperback,  eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-0373776009

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: June 28, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, eHarlequin

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.