Title: Changing Tides (Kill Devil Hills #2)
Author: Sarah Darlington
Release Date: 16th March 2015
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"Nate West. Hollywood bad-boy. Television megastar. Womanizer. Basically everything I hate about the male species rolled into one handsome package. And yet…I want him."
Ellie Turner is a lesbian. She has tattoos, short hair, and a ‘don’t-mess-with-me-attitude.’ She knows who she is, loves who she is, and couldn’t care less what the rest of the world thinks of her. And since she has the most kick-ass best friend on the planet, Noah Clark, even when family drama gets in the way, nothing can offset her happy-go-lucky demeanor.
Until television star Nate West comes along. All thick muscle and alpha-male testosterone. When Ellie meets him on an airplane the only thing Nate West should be good for is a brand new profile picture on Facebook. Right? Wrong. Turns out he’s good for so much more.
This man is going to flip everything Ellie thought she knew about herself upside down.
***NA Romance. This novel is the second book in the Kill Devil Hills series, however it can be read as a standalone. Recommended for 18+
She was exactly what I needed. For far too long I’d felt numb inside—like I’d been stuck in quicksand up the knees. Since my breakup with Kelly, I’d been looking for something that could make me feel better again. Maybe this girl could be the temporary fix I needed. It was worth a shot. Besides, I had nothing better going on at the moment.
Quick as ever, I discarded my hat and sunglasses onto the floor. “Hey,” I said before she could walk past me. So she hadn’t been about to ask for my autograph or to take a selfie with me? What? “Um, hey,” I said again, a little louder, clearing my throat.
She stopped walking. “Um, hey,” she repeated. “I can’t believe Nate West is on my airplane. No freaking way, right? It’s surreal. Thanks for helping me out back there, man. I thought most celebrities were assholes. Not the case at all with you. Seriously, that was awesome. Well…Sherrie the flight attendant might not agree, but I appreciated you sticking up for me.”
I laughed. She was blunt and I liked it. “You’re the first person to recognize me all day.” I pointed at my disguise on the floor. “I guess I need to reevaluate that.”
“Nah, your disguise was perfect. It was your voice I recognized.”
“Oh.” No one had ever used that line on me before. Maybe it wasn’t a line. I couldn’t tell. “Want to sit with me for a little while?” I blurted out. “I’m bored. I’ve been out of the country and I could use some American company.”
For a moment, she studied me hard, obviously debating my motives. I had them, yes. And they weren’t all innocent. But no matter what happened here, I desperately wanted this girl’s company. Nothing else seemed to matter in this moment.
She merely shrugged and plopped into the seat to my right. “Sure. I’d love to piss off that prissy flight attendant a little more.”
Again she had me laughing.
“You’ve got to know though—” She stopped talking for a moment, shaking her head. I noticed, barely creeping up the side of her neck from under her sweatshirt, the end of a tattoo. Instantly blood rushed harder through my veins. I wondered if she only had one or many. “I have a serious hard-on for you…as Lucian,” she started to say. “Dammit. I swear…he…you…are sexy as hell as that character. And that’s saying a lot since Kelly Patterson is your co-star and all. But whenever new episodes air, I tune in every Sunday…like it’s my job to watch…not for Kelly, but for you. That’s totally embarrassing but true.”
I swallowed, hard.
The girl stood, avoiding any eye contact. “Sorry. Jeez, I’m rambling like a fool. I’m normally not so pathetically tongue tied. I’ll go back to my seat now.” But she didn’t leave for her seat, she remained close.
I squinted up at her, the air between us growing thick with awkward tension or…possibly something…else. Something hotter. Girls came on to me all the time. But this was different. I felt more in this small moment than I had in way too long.
“Are you saying you normally like girls?” I asked, matching her bluntness and needing to know for sure what she meant.
Her eyes met mine. “Hell yes, I like girls. I only like girls.”
“But you watch the show for me?”
“What’s your name?”
She was a lesbian. It hadn’t even occurred to me earlier because, frankly, even if she dressed a little like a boy, there was nothing boyish about this girl. Underneath her sweatshirt and jeans, I was willing to bet big money that she had one smoldering body. And the way she watched me right now with quick, rapid breaths, like she wanted me to ravish her the way Lucian ravished that girl in season two’s opening episode of Dragon Wars, I never would have known girls were her thing. Lesbian or not, I suddenly had a serious hard-on for her as well.
One I was ready to take advantage of. Right now.
Praying to whoever would listen, hoping Sherrie the flight attendant had puke or something equally horrible in the back to clean up and wouldn’t be returning soon, I unbuckled my seatbelt and stood to my feet. Much taller than the girl in front of me, I had to duck my head on this tiny airplane and lean into her space. “Have you ever been with a man before, Ellie?” I whispered, my gaze locked heavy on hers.
“No,” she said, her voice soft but her eyes a force of nature. “Why? Are you offering?”
I gulped. Sweet hell. I had no idea how to respond, so I simply told her the truth. “Yes.”
She stared up at me for several long moments, the hum of the airplane taking over all my senses. Then she suddenly burst out laughing. Embarrassment fluttered through me. Oh God, for as confident as I liked to think I was, I was completely out of my element.
“It’s not really funny,” I said.
She stopped laughing immediately. “So,” she snapped, her hands landing on her hips, her eyes glaring up at me and something beyond fierce taking over her body. “You’re saying you want to fuck me? Is that it Mr. Nate West? Right now. Right here.” She nodded toward the bathroom she’d been in minutes ago.
“And I hate the name Nate by the way,” I told her. “Please, don’t call me it again.”
“Then what the hell should I call you?” she demanded.
“Does the lesbian thing turn you on, Nathanial?”
“Nope. Only you do.”
“Does the virgin thing turn you on? Because maybe I’ve never been with a man, but I’m nothing close to a virgin.”
I smiled, confused as hell right about now. She was acting mad…but if she was truly pissed off about this conversation then why was she still standing in front of me, discussing it?
“Yes or no, little firecracker.” I dipped down closer to her until my forehead was nearly resting on hers. “Haven’t you ever wondered what it feels like to have a man inside you? Not just any man, but someone like me. To feel his powerful thrust—not some plastic toy or whatever it is lesbians like to get each other off with—as you scream out in ecstasy? I can give you that. I can even give you Lucian if that’s who you’d rather be with. It’s your choice. Now please move aside, I’ll be in that bathroom waiting. Come or don’t come—whatever you want. But I guarantee if you follow me into that bathroom you’re going to come.”
Her mouth fell open. I’d shocked her into silence with my cheesy line. She stepped aside and I moved past her, heading for the bathroom. I was ninety-nine point nine percent sure she wasn’t going to follow me, not after that tragically desperate speech, but as I entered the bathroom and went to shut the door, I found her following me inside.
KILL DEVIL HILLS
Noah is determined to escape his past and keep his life under control. Then he saves the life of his best friend’s little sister, Georgina Turner — who is battling her own demons. He can't get her out of his head, even if Georgina tears down the emotional walls he so carefully built.
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Sarah Darlington lives in Virginia with her husband and two-year-old son. She's a former flight attendant, navy brat, constant day-dreamer, wannabe photographer, and an avid scrapbooker. She loves to travel and is working on visiting all 50 states.
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My Review:Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved the first book in this series and was looking forward to this. It definitely lived up to expectations.
We met Ellie in the first book, Kill Devil Hills. A sassy, sweet, tattooed lesbian. I was intrigued to see how this would play out. I loved Ellie in the first book and I loved her here too. She's a really great character that I could connect with. She's strong and knows what she wants (or thinks she does lol) but is caring and sweet too. She meets Nate West, star of one of her favourite tv shows on a plane trip. There is an almost instant connection between them which leaves her questioning everything about herself.
Nate is getting over some personal stuff and is not looking for any emotional entanglements but is bowled over by Ellie and can't keep her out of his head.
I loved Nate. He's funny and sweet and I enjoyed the connection with him and Ellie. They had great chemistry.
It was nice to catch up with characters from the first book. There's a great group of secondary characters in this series that are well written and rounded. They add more depth to the story. I'm hoping some of them will feature in further stories to come.
The plot was good and I enjoyed reading about Ellie and Nate as their relationship developed. It's written well and the story flows nicely.
I really like Sarah Darlington's writing style. She writes great romantic books that will leave you satisfied when finishing. You can connect with her characters and genuinely care about what happens to them. You really feel you are inside their heads and experience all their highs and lows with them. I love to be able to feel the emotion and romance in a book and this author definitely delivers that. She has become one of my instant one-click authors now.
Even though this is the second in a series it can easily be read as a standalone. But if you enjoy this book I would say you'll also love the first book too.
I enjoyed this a lot and would definitely recommend. 5 stars.