TIES by Liz Reinhardt and Steph Campbell:
Ties is a companion book in the Lengths series NOT a sequel. It was written as a stand-alone title. The other books do not need to be read prior to Ties in order to follow the story.
When a shiny new convertible arrives for her twenty-first birthday, Hattie Beckett has had enough of her absent dad trying to buy a place in her life. It’s time for him to face her--or get out of her life forever.
She tosses some clothes in a bag, looks up her father’s last known address, and sets her GPS for Silver Stand, California.
When she arrives at a beach-bum paradise that’s totally foreign to her New England upbringing and finds nothing but an empty lot where her dad maybe once lived, her immediate instinct is to pack up her car and head right back to Connecticut.
But she also finds... Deo. The half-brother she never knew she had. He and his hippy-dippy mom insist that Hattie stick around—at least for the summer. And with all of her friends spending the summer abroad, what else does she have to do?
Her ideas about family are blown wide open as Deo and Marigold pull her in with their charm and love. But there’s still a huge question mark where her dad is concerned, and that question mark definitely looms over her ideas about love and relationships.
When Hattie meets Ryan, the college dropout turned competitive sailor, her perspective flips with her heart. Like it or not, Hattie is falling fast and hard for Ryan... even if it’s the last thing that she expected - and the last thing her newly found brother wants for her.
Whenever Steph and Liz write together magic seems to happen, and I do mean magic - its addictive, swoon worthy and exciting.
As someone who had read all the books in this series I loved getting more of some of my favourite characters, I also like dhow it doesn't matter if you have yet to read the other books in the series as this book is enough on its own - but I do suggest you add all of them to your TBR lists if you have not already.
Hattie .... hmmm I have been thinking about her for a little while now and as much as I want to love her I just find it a little difficult - I don't hate her I just found it a little hard to connect and understand her, after all there is only so many times a girl can push a guy away before it gets on your nerves.
Ryan . . . he was my highlight of this story if it wasn't for him I might of had to whack my head against the wall a few times. You know he is the perfect guy and I admire how he just doesn't give up - he has found his women and he will do anything to make her his. *swoon*
You know Ryan is trying to get over his bad boy ways - he no longer wants to be alone (or should I say have a different girl all the time) he wants a constant - something he can hold onto with both hands ans Hattie just happens to be that.
Despite not connecting with Hattie and having a few moments where I just had to shake my head I really enjoyed this read, it was light and perfect for the mood I was in and relaxing.
I really would recommend this book as well as the whole series to anyone wanting an opinion - I would also suggest reading the other books by these authors as they have yet to get it wrong.
Steph Campbell grew up in Southern California, but now calls Southwest Louisiana home. She has one husband, four children and a serious nail polish obsession.
Steph's works include Delicate, Grounding Quinn and Beautiful Things Never Last; My Heart for Yours and My Fate for Yours (with Jolene Perry); A Toast to the Good Times (with Liz Reinhardt) and the bestselling new adult LENGTHS series with Liz Reinhardt: Lengths, Depths, Limits, Ties & Riptides.
Liz Reinhardt was born and raised in the idyllic beauty of northwest NJ. A move to the subtropics of coastal Georgia with her daughter and husband left her with a newly realized taste for the beach and a bloated sunscreen budget. Right alongside these new loves is her old, steadfast affection and longing for bagels and the fast-talking foul mouths of her youth.
She loves Raisinettes, even if they aren't really candy, the Oxford comma, movies that are hilarious or feature zombies, any and all books, but especially romance (the smarter and hotter, the better), the sound of her daughter's incessantly wise and entertaining chatter, and watching her husband work on cars in the driveway.
She is the author of the Brenna Blixen series (Double Clutch, Junk Miles, Slow Twitch), the Youngblood series (Fall Guy, Perfectly Unmatched), and co-writes with the awesome Steph Campbell in the Lengths series (Lengths, Depths, Limits, Ties, Riptides).