Off the Hook
Fishing for Trouble #1
By: Laura Drewry
Releasing April 12, 2016
Welcome to The Buoys, a West Coast haven where love comes in with the tide. Perfect for readers of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery, the Fishing for Trouble series features three unforgettable brothers—each of whom is a great catch.
Major league pitcher Liam O’Donnell knows his best days are probably behind him, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to retire and become a fishing guide. Still, after all the time he’s spent chasing his dreams, he owes it to his brothers to pull his weight around the lodge. The Buoys is their father’s legacy, and they can’t let some developer take it from them. The one snag Liam isn’t counting on is a blast from the past: his ex-wife.
The moment Kate Hadley steps out of the seaplane, she knows this assignment is going to be trickier than she thought. She has to persuade the owners to sell—and one of them is Liam O’Donnell. Ten years ago, she made the biggest mistake of her life when she married Liam during a fling in Vegas. Now he’s her only lifeline in the middle of nowhere. Kate’s trying to keep things cool, but Liam just reminds her of the scorching few nights they spent together—and tempts her to make new memories that are just as steamy as the old.
Wow. What a great start to a new series! Laura Drewry really started out with a bang with this novel featuring a hot baseball player, a strong-willed heroine and a beautiful, secluded setting (very romantic). Oh, and don't forget the handsome Irish brothers! Because, yes, I have an obsession for Ireland and knowing that one of my favorite authors started a series about three Irish brothers, well, you'll understand why I couldn't wait to get my hands on those books!
If you're a fan of Laura Drewry and have read her Friends First series, you won't be disappointed by the Fishing For Trouble series. Her ability to pull the readers into her fictional world and make them feel as if they're right there, looking as the story unfolds from only a few steps away is an element of this book, too. The characters are real, flawed, scared to acknowledge their true feelings, wary, hopeful, strong-willed and sometimes they're just so funny you'll be laughing out loud along with them. Most importantly, they're relatable. They're just normal people who work hard to pursue their dreams, trying to make the best out of what life handed them and learning from their mistakes.
The start of the story is a little awkward, because when Kate sets foot on the small piece of land where The Buoys is located and she realizes that the owner is none other than her ex-husband - the husband who sneaked away into the night the day after their Vegas wedding - she's torn between hightailing it back to her high-rise office in the city and staying just to prove she's over him.
Liam is just as shocked when he sees Kate and, if I have to be completely honest, when I realized what he'd done to Kate, I was totally "Team Kate" and hated him alongside her. But when I discovered the real reasons behind his escape ten years before and how he still felt about her, I couldn't help falling a little bit in love with him.
I enjoyed their banter, the constant push and pull kept me turning page after page. What I truly loved was the remote setting. It was so beautiful and romantic, and even though one would think: "How on earth is she going to write a whole novel set 98% in a fishing lodge with nothing but water and trees?", I have to admit that while I was reading I wished so bad I could move there forever. That's another brownie point for Mrs. Drewry, who managed to write an entertaining, romantic, swoony and sexy book (watch out for the bonfire when Kate and Liam surrender to the attraction... it's sizzling hot!) set in a remote fishing lodge with nothing but the characters themselves to provide entertainment; all the while she remained true to her beautiful writing style we all fell in love with when reading the Friends First series.
If you've yet to discover Laura Drewry's books, this book will make you fall in love with her stories. If you've adored her previous series, this one won't disappoint you.
I can't wait for book two!
They were almost to her cabin when she shocked the hell out of him by slipping her hand under his arm and nudging his shoulder with hers.
“You’re still a hotshot pitcher, you know. Don’t talk about that in the past tense.”
Liam blinked hard, then leaned in and pressed a slow kiss against her cheek. Half an inch, that’s how close he was to those soft, warm lips he remembered all too well, but no matter how much he ached to taste them again, he forced himself to pull back and smile down at her.
Besides his agent—who didn’t count, because Liam paid him to say it—Kate was the first and only one to even suggest he might have something left, and if she’d said it any other time or any other way, he might not have believed she was sincere.
But looking at her now, with her foot up on the porch, ready to go inside, there wasn’t the slightest trace of doubt in her eyes, just those damn bits of amber flickering like little beacons.
“I, uh . . .” Blowing out a hard breath, Liam shoved both hands through his hair, locked his fingers together, and took a step back. “I better go. It’d really screw things up here if we woke up married tomorrow.”
“Right. Good thinking,” she said, her mouth curling into a slow, knowing smile. “’Cause I promise you this, I won’t be nearly as nice the next time you divorce me.”
USA Today Bestselling author, Laura Drewry had been scribbling things for years before she decided to seriously sit down and write. After spending eight years in the Canadian north, Laura now lives back home in southwestern British Columbia with her husband, three sons, a turtle named Sheldon, and an extremely energetic German shepherd. She loves old tattered books, good movies, country music, and the New York Yankees.