Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ties (Lengths #4) by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt

Rating 4- /5 stars
Pub. Date August 26th 2013


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


I haven't read the previous books (yet as it seems), thank God this is a stand alone.

Another read for me where the female character tries to push the hero away. I understand Hattie's reasoning but I think that in the end she became what she didn't want to be. Her mother. She gave him up because she thought that leaving him was for the best. Her mother didn't ask for more from her father because was a free spirit. After seeing her father I am glad they never got married.

Most of the characters are known from the previous books. What I didn't understand was the Ryan-Whit-Deo thing. From the blurb of the first book (Lengths) I could see that Ryan and Whit where friends with benefits but I could get why they weren't speaking anymore and there was a big fuss about them. If anyone has read Lengths can please tell me what happened?

Hattie has her rules and is a little control freak. Ryan is an ex man-whore, now celibate who tries to convince her that he is worth.

I liked every single character. I am most definitely going to read the previous books soon. This book is a great idea for a summer read. It's quick, without anything heavy and a hot leading male.

Excerpt :


The bottom of her foot on my leg is sexier than all the body rubs I ever got from the girls I met out at the bars.
“I don’t know. If that does happen, it’ll be collateral damage.” I finish the last foamy dregs of my beer. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
She presses her lips together. “But this isn’t a sure thing, right? I don’t mean to be a downer, but there’s a chance you might not win. Do you still have a career if you’re not number one?”
Her insistence on getting right to the bloody, pulpy heart of things is refreshing...even if I’m hemorrhaging a little.
“Yeah. I mean, you have to be competitive, you have to come in ahead of your times. But there’s room for an okay segment of the racing population to make some money.” I watch her watch me, and I’m searching her face for clues about how she interprets all this, but she’s stone-cold, just thinking.
I’m relieved as hell when Jovan comes over to clear the plates. Hattie turns down dessert, which I try to tell her is a huge mistake, but she says that there’s a line between enjoying your meal and gluttony, and she’s got to draw her line in the sand.
I leave Jovan a crazy tip and thank him. He presses the wine bottle into my hand. “Bring that one back.” He nods down the hall, where Hattie’s disappeared to use the bathroom. “She’s exactly what you need.”
“I’ll be lucky if I can talk her into a second date. It was hard work getting her to come out this time,” I tell him.
Jovan leans close. “She’s worth the work.”

Author Bios:

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).

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