Friday, 25 July 2014
Review: Eversea by Natasha Boyd
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: June 19th, 2014
An orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt. A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose. A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both for ever.
Eversea is a contemporary New Adult novel that I fell for hook, line and sinker. I raced through it in a mad fashion, got completely sucked into Keri Ann's world and found myself falling in love with the delectable Jack Eversea. Natasha Boyd's style of writing is addictive and immersive, making my trip to Butler Cove a wholly enjoyable experience and one I'll hopefully be repeating very soon with the sequel!
Keri Ann lives in the small town of Butler Cove, South Carolina, and has been pretty much alone since her parents were killed in an accident. Her brother's away studying, and to pay the bills she works in a restaurant cafe. One day a mysterious guy wearing a hoodie turns up at her work, and he ends up being none other than famous actor Jack Eversea. What happens next isn't something either of them bargained on, but it changes their lives nonetheless.
Both Keri Ann and Jack are great characters, well-realised and easy to like. Keri Ann is good for Jack in the sense that she's independent and able to stand on her own two feet, whereas he is perhaps more used to assistants doing everything for him. Moving to Butler Cove makes him examine himself as a person and figure out who he wants to be and what he wants to stand for. Keri Ann is a big part of that self discovery, and together they really do make a good team.
There's a high dose of drama throughout Eversea, which is something I've come to expect from NA novels. This time it's a little more realistic - more believable - especially considering that Jack is in the public eye and is well known worldwide. This book tries to shed some light on what it's like to be in that position, being recognised all the time and having to watch every move you make. It succeeds for the most part, making the reader think about what the more negative side of fame can be like and how it affects personal lives, friendships and romantic relationships.
I loved Eversea and I'm so excited to revisit these characters in Forever, Jack. They feel like old friends to me after only one book which, for me, is the sign of a good story and a good writer. I'm sure all NA enthusiasts will love this one as much as I did and no doubt Jack Eversea will be a lot of people's new book boyfriend. I can't say I blame them!