Friday, August 25, 2017

Book Review: Dawn Patrol by Tami Veldura

Dawn Patrol (Tidewater, #1)Blurb:
Elias lives for the waves. He's been surfing off the Tidewater coast since he could crawl, and the connection he's forged with the ocean is fundamental. Every morning he shares a ritual swim with the local pod of dolphins. Elias is desperate to find a way to express what the sand and the sea mean to him, and local artist Theo could be just what he needs.

Theo's art has helped him move mountains. It granted him freedom from abusive family and supports his quiet lifestyle. He's ready for more. So when muscle-bound Elias commissions him for a mural on his bedroom wall, Theo has more than one reason to take the job. It's time to reach with his heart, an easy thing when Elias is so eager to share what's in his.

Water is essential when painting, and color is what brings the ocean to life. Elias and Theo were made for each other. It's only a matter of time before Tidewater brings them together.

Todd's rating:

I think I should probably stick to at least novella-length stories, as these shorts tend to leave me wanting much more than most actually deliver. : (

Both Elias and Theo were nice enough guys, but honestly, their voices read as nearly the same person for me. Neither character came across as overly-distinctive, so other than one being a surfer and the other being an artist, their personalities came across as extremely similar.

Plus, other than a few scenes showing interactions with wild dolphins (which are awesome, because who doesn't love dolphins, right???), the story didn't really pull me in and keep me truly engaged.

Then, as the story wrapped up, the attraction (and steam) came across as almost a last second after-thought. I guess I just needed more *overt* interest and subtle flirting as the story progressed, maybe a bit of banter and innuendo.

Instead, it was one look, "the look," and *BAM*, everyone's all naked and covered in lube.

And the one question that I kept internally screaming was never actually answered...

"HOW MUCH to paint the huge wall mural?"
After all, the artist was well-known, and the surfer was a call center cubicle jockey, not a Silicon Valley billionaire, so that shit would be fairly relevant given the situation.

I'd have to rate this one at around 2.75 stars.

My copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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