Title: Head Above Water (Robbie & Sam #2)
Authors: Caitlin Ricci
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: November 17, 2016
Genre(s): Young Adult
Page Count: 180
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.88 stars out of 5
Six months after moving to Thornwood, Robbie’s life is slowly getting better. With Dan in jail, he should feel safe from the abuse he suffered before, but that does little to calm his nightmares. Fortunately Sam, his boyfriend, is always there to help him through the worst of them, and he finds peace while out riding his horse.
But things are far from perfect. His little brother is hurting, his older brother is angry all the time, and the family he loves is breaking apart in front of him.
Sam only wants to see Robbie happy. He loves his boyfriend and will do anything for him, including standing up to Robbie’s older brother. His favorite times are when they’re out riding together and leaving the rest of the world behind, but those perfect moments can’t last forever, especially when tragedy comes to the ranch.
If you want to read a feel good book, well except for a few parts, this book is for you! This story gave me so many warm fuzzies, and who doesn’t like warm fuzzies? I have to admit I had my doubts about this book at first, which is why I put it off in the beginning. Now, I am sitting here trying to remember why I put if off, because I was so wrong whatever the reason was.
This was such a sweet story about not giving up, living despite what life throws at you; about the people who love and stand by your side no matter if you ask for it or not. IMO, the author does a good job with portraying adolescent love that eventually matures over time. You remember the awkwardness, insecurity and the hope that most seem to endure during that age? Well, these two characters maneuvered through all of this together. It might not have been perfect, but it made them stronger.
While this book does round out the series, I do hope that author will think about a possible third book in the future. That way we can maybe see how the relationship between Robbie and his biological father, Joe progresses. If Ben and Robbie’s brother Daniel ever comes around, and finally, if Robbie and Sam get to live their dream.
While I was able to follow along and fill in most of the gaps in the story, I would not recommend reading this book if you haven’t read the first book in the series. For one thing, I am still trying to figure out the charges that sent Robbie’s dad to prison, how his Uncle Caleb came into his fortune and how Robbie and Sam came about. So needless to say, this girl will definitely be going back to read the first book: Weathering the Storm.