REVIEW TOUR: OUT OF THE OCEAN
By Lynn Michaels
Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Length: 26,500 words approx.
Cover Design: Decorous Anarchy Studios
Cal Bigsby spent his life working the fishing boats and ignoring who he really is and what he needs to be happy.
Prescott ‘Scott’ Vandenburton is being primed to take over Daddy’s company, but he craves a life of his own. His only escape is sailing his yacht.
When a freak storm hits, both are forced to think about life from a whole new perspective.
Shipwrecked, fighting for their lives, and finding unexpected love.
Lynn Michaels lives and writes in Tampa, Florida where the sun is hot and the Sangria is cold. Lynn is the newest addition to Rubicon Fiction, and she loves reading and writing about hot men in love. She writes paranormal and contemporary MM Romance
I enjoyed reading Out of the Ocean as much or more than I’ve enjoyed just about any other book of late, especially from a new-to-me author. Glancing through the other reviews posted on Amazon, it appears I may be in the minority, but I’m secure in my opinion: the writing was hypnotic, the description/descriptive elements were addictive (I felt like I was there right along with them), and I found it hard to put down. I was drawn to the characters, fairly much complete opposites who may never have given the other a second glance under any other circumstances, but fate had other ideas, as it often does, setting the stage for what turned out to be a complementary pairing. True, the “romance” part (lust and mortality playing their own starring roles in the equation, I’m sure) was accelerated, but so what? The thought processes were well illustrated, the internal vulnerabilities and emotion insecurities realistic and played out brilliantly (from the feelings of inadequacy at the hands of their fathers to being unsure if either was good enough for or possibly desirable long-term to the other), and the story itself spoke to me of regular people struggling to be who they were meant to be and not what someone (their fathers) wanted them to be. There was hope, awakening, transformation, acceptance, strength.
Out of the Ocean is a snapshot into the pivotal turning point in Cal’s and Scott’s lives. It’s not a long story, but it’s a deep, emotionally moving one.
Two final thoughts – first, I particularly liked the having a 50-year-old love interest, someone that actually has life experience and a mature perspective of what life can dish out. Secondly, the “extra” chapters provided at the end – though referencing the pre-storm Cal and Scott – brought their story full-circle: it actually probably made more sense/had a greater effect on me than if I had read it at the beginning where it technically fit.
Do I recommend Out of the Sea? Most definitely. Is it realistic? Not sure, and don’t care. It’s realistic enough, and just one of those books that I’ll remember and reflect on for a long time because of its concise, absorbing, and descriptive writing and fluid-flowing storytelling style.
I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader’s Copy and provided a review.
Original review posted on Amazon and Goodreads on March 27, 2018.