Plot: Joshua Miles has spent his early twenties spinning his wheels. Working dead-end jobs and living at home has left him exhausted and uninspired, with little energy to pursue his passion for graphic art. Until he meets Gemma Henare, a vivacious out-of-towner from New Zealand. What begins as a one-night stand soon becomes a turning point for Josh. He can’t get Gemma out of his head, even after she has left for home, and finds himself throwing caution to the wind for the first time in his life.
It’s not long before Josh is headed to New Zealand with only a backpack, some cash, and Gemma’s name to go on. But when he finally tracks her down, he finds his adventure is only just beginning. Equally infatuated, Gemma leads him on a whirlwind tour across the beautiful country, opening Josh up to life, lust, love, and all the messy heartache in between. Because, when love drags you somewhere, it might never let go even when you know you have to say goodbye.
My thoughts: Oh my god, the feels. I think I remember crying. Yeah I definitely cried some.
Karina Halle has done it again, people! She’s written yet another fun, sexy and heart breaking novel. Throughout this book I kept getting bombarded with feels and I laughed, I cried and I got a bit hot and bothered (read: a lot).
About 10 pages in I realized that the Josh in this book is the same Josh as in Love, In English (Vera’s brother) and I was like “OMG” because I really enjoyed Josh in that book even though he had a small part in it. And let me tell you, I wasn’t disappointed by Josh in this one! He is what I would say is my kind of guy, like really. He’s tall (YAY!), he’s got dark hair, tattoos and piercings (swoon). He’s also funny, loving, caring, sexy, a good driver (yes, this is important) and like me he’s afraid of confined spaces and heights, at least that’s the impression I’m getting. So basically if Josh came up to me and asked me to marry him I’d say “HELL YES!”.
What about Gemma? Well, I quite liked Gemma, even though I sometimes wanted to smack her upside down because she’s so unbelievably fucking stupid. Okay, I got that out of my system.
Gemma is actually a pretty cool chick, in that adventurous, sexy kind of way. She’s into all this scary stuff like rafting (through a fucking cave system), zip lining, hiking (okay, not that crazy) and swimming in ice water. She works at a gym and she’s super fit and could probably kick most guys asses. But underneath that bad ass exterior she’s a really sensitive girl who’s been through a lot of hard stuff in her life.
There’s also Amber, who’s Gemma’s cousin from the States. I’m not gonna say much about her since she got her own book, Racing The Sun, which is waiting for me on my shelf. But she’s funny and cute and I really enjoyed her.
Karina – as always – paints a picture of a place I’d really like to visit. She’s got a real eye for detail and she writes in a way that makes it feel like you’re right there with the characters, drinking beer in Mr. Orange and rolling your eyes at Nick the Dick.
So this is a book filled with adventure, heartbreak, love and people finding themselves. I really enjoyed it and I definitely think that you should read it!
P.S. If you can, please go back and read this in a New Zealand accent, way more fun that way!