Thursday, May 21, 2015

Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle

In one day, Josh Miles' life is turned upside down.  Gemma Henare is beautiful, she is enticing, she is passionate - and all too soon, she is gone.  After an unforgettable night together, Gemma returns to New Zealand, and Josh is left suddenly wanting more from his life - new adventures, new places, and new people.  Or maybe just one person in particular.

Throwing caution to the wind, he books a ticket for New Zealand, and before long he finds himself in an airport with a backpack, a sketchbook, and the realization that his life may just have taken a very dramatic turn.  When he tracks Gemma down in Auckland, they realize that a one night stand might only be the beginning, and soon they are embarking on a whirlwind journey that has much more in store for them than beautiful scenery.

This is my first foray in New Adult fiction, and I was not disappointed.  Halle paints a vivid portrait of New Zealand, bringing out the beauty and natural grandeur of the countryside - you can practically feel the warm sea breezes and the coolness of the sea and sand beneath your toes.  Josh and Gemma's relationship feels just as much as an adventure as their road trip. 

But as much as this story is a romance, it's also about two young people struggling to figure out where they fit in the world, and how they fit together.  Perfect for Spring Breakers or those relaxing on a beach somewhere in the midst of an exciting vacation (or just those of us that wish we were). 

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