Sunday, 1 June 2014

(ARC) Book Review (336): Nantucket Red (Nantucket #2) - Leila Howland


Nantucket Red (Nantucket #2)

Publication: 13th May 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 288
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Appropriate: Young Adult
Cricket Thompson's lifetime of overachieving has paid off: she's headed to Brown University in the fall, with a spot on the lacrosse team and a scholarship that covers almost everything. Who knew living in the dorm cost money? An Ivy League education seems to mean living at home for the next four years.

When Cricket is offered the chance to earn enough cash to afford a real college experience, she heads back to Nantucket for the summer. But the faraway island challenges Cricket in ways she hadn't anticipated. It's hard to focus on earning money for next year, when she finds her world opening up in entirely new ways-to art, to travel, and, most unexpectedly, to a future completely different from the one she has been working toward her whole life. A friendship blossoms with Ben, the gorgeous surfer and bartender who encourages Cricket to be free, even as she smarts at the pain of seeing Zack, her first love, falling for her worst enemy.

But one night, when Cricket finally lets herself break all her own rules, she realizes she may have ruined her carefully constructed future with one impulsive decision. Cricket must dig deep to fight for her future, discovering that success isn't just about reaching goals, but also about listening to what she's been trying to ignore-her own heart.
My Thoughts.
Nantucket Red is the second book in the Nanucket series by Leila Howland, a fun, fresh and addictive contemporary romance read.

We catch up with Cricket, home from her previous Summer at Nantucket and ready to tackle life at Brown University, after a misunderstanding where she asks Zack if they could put a pause on their relationship she soon discovers that Zack  the brother of her best-friend Jules is dating Parker, a mean girl who has known both Jules and Zack from their many years spent together on Nantucket during Summer.

Heartbroken at the loss, she makes her way back to Nantucket to raise the money she'll need to stay in the dorms at University, she soon makes the acquaintance of Ben, a bartender at Breezes where she has scored herself a job as a waitress, they find they are kindred souls as they have both recently ended relationships, but Cricket finds herself struggling to let go of her first love and it doesn't get any easier when she realises that Zack is on the island with Parker and she tries her best to avoid them as much as possible.

With her friend Lisa suffering from relationship woes as well and falling into a state of depression, Cricket finds herself running the inn as well as waitressing, exhausted with no days off she makes the mistake of letting her hair down and getting drunk, and making a mistake that will jeopardise her place at Brown University, Cricket comes to realise that what she thought she wanted may not be what she actually wants after all.

I really enjoyed this sequel, it was just as good as the first book Nantucket Blue, I enjoyed catching up with all of these characters and this book wrapped the series up perfectly, I'll definitely be on the lookout for future releases from Leila, I thoroughly enjoyed her writing and I look forward to more books from her.

I give this 4/5 stars.

LEILA HOWLAND loves to read, explore L.A., and engage in funny and meaningful conversations with her friends and family, especially her brother who calls from Washington D.C. whenever he’s waiting for the bus. A lot gets discussed in those phone calls, but they tend to end abruptly when the bus shows up. She can really cut the rug, but wishes she could sing without people covering their ears. A graduate of Georgetown University, Leila spent five years acting in New York where she was a company member of the award-winning Flea Theater in Tribeca. It was a lot of fun and she often talks about “getting back into it.” The closest she has come was a stint as an extra on The Young and the Restless in 2010. Leila now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two dogs. NANTUCKET BLUE is her first novel.

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