Book & Author Details:
Wet by Ashley Bostock
Publication date: December 26th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
I’ve always been Miranda Phillips, the town pariah. Growing up with neglectful parents, having sought attention from all the guys that were willing to give it to me, I wasn’t the most well-behaved kid in Lone Star. Not to mention all of the juvenile delinquent acts I’ve committed in my past.
But now I am Lone Star’s only reporter and I’ve come a long way from being that lost, troubled girl, even if most of the town still judged me for it. I don’t allow anyone to get in the way of what I want. Including Ryan John. So when I corner him in a dark hallway and get him to succumb to the sizzling attraction between us, I know I’m playing with fire.
Even though I’ve successfully avoided her for two months, I haven’t forgotten how she tastes or what she feels like in my arms. And when I get sent a mysterious letter from some company wanting to buy my thousand shares of water rights that have been in my family for over a hundred years, I’m convinced that there is no one…err, better equipped, to help me than Lone Star’s reporter, Miranda Phillips.
I know how desperately she wants me and this letter gives me all the reason I need to spend one night with the girl from the wrong side of town. One night in exchange for her tight investigative skills. And believe me, she’s tight, in more ways than one. One night. Because Miranda is trouble and being on the city council, as well as guardian to my younger brother and sister, means I can’t afford trouble.
Even if it comes packaged just the way I like.
I confess that I’m not entirely sure that I get this love story. The author has created a wonderfully strong character with Miranda, and a decent counterpoint in the form of Ryan. Despite this, he seems to approach his interactions with her as being good enough for a quickie but not a relationship. But worse than that, Miranda, this firecracker of a female who continues to hold her head up high in a town that is constantly judging her, is apparently accepting of that state of affairs?
I guess that it is a testament to the depth of the characters that the author has created that she has provoked such a response. For, if I didn’t have some kind of connection to the characters, I wouldn’t care about their interactions.
That aside, there are issues with the storytelling. The narrative switches tense and for my money, this needs a thorough review by an editor.
The bottom line is that I thought that there was a kernel of a decent story, but I would have preferred the ending to be a little less rushed.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.
Ashley Bostock was born and raised in Colorado where she currently resides with her husband, two children, her dog and two cats.
She loves reading, writing, and music and is always trying to find more time in the day to incorporate all three. Seeking an outlet and pursuing her life-long passion for writing, she began composing her first novel in late 2013.
She has traveled all over the world, but still has an extensive list of places she would love to visit. Anywhere near a sky-blue ocean will always be at the top of that list.
She carries a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a concentration in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver. While she loves children, she now fears teaching, which probably has something to do with being a stay-at-home mom.
Interesting Fact: Ashley has been to every Disney theme park in the world.