Seasick. That’s how Jessie Todd feels when her best friend and boss, Finn O’Donnell, tells her that the Buoys will be featured on a popular fishing program—which just so happens to be hosted by a guy she used to date. She’s still friendly with her ex, but her new feelings for Finn are making things . . . complicated. His life is out on the sea, and though Jessie works at the resort, her paralyzing phobia of water keeps her on land, where she’s safe. To take a shot with Finn, she’ll need to face her fears—and her innermost desires—head-on.
Finn has been nursing a crush on Jess for a long time, so when she suddenly asks for swimming lessons, he dives right in. Holding her shaking hand as she steps into the ocean makes his heart swell—despite the sinking feeling that she’s just doing it to impress that smarmy TV host. Finn doesn’t trust anyone with his bruised and battered heart, but he’ll be forced to lay it all on the line to keep Jess from being the one that got away.
ARC received from: Netgalley
One-Sentence Summary: Long-time friends Finn and Jessie become something more as they work towards getting Jessie over her fear of water
Review: I love love love a good friends-to-lovers romance! There’s something so sweet about seeing the relationship change between two friends. It was a really nice change to see that it was the guy n this case who realised his feelings before the girl.
I adore the setting of this story and Laura Drewry does a really good job of scene-setting and making you feel like you are out in the fishing shack near the water with the O’Donnell brothers.
When I read that *SPOILER* Finn and Jessie acted on their attraction before the arrival of Sam I was really disappointed as I was looking forward to more UST and jealousy on the part of Finn. However, I should never have doubted the author as it still all played out wonderfully and there was a satisfying happy-ever-after for two characters haunted by the events of their childhood.