Title: Uncomplicated Choices (Camassia Cove #5)
Author: Cara Dee
Release Date: June 30th 2017
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When life gave you lemons, you learned who stayed and made lemonade with you. Or something to that effect. And the day Ellis Hayes kidnapped me—or, he borrowed a yacht and didn’t know I was on board—he’d definitely been handed too many lemons.
We faced a dilemma when I woke up hungover in the middle of the ocean. He needed to get the hell out of town to do some soul searching and decide whether or not to divorce his wife, and I needed to get back on land because humans didn’t belong on the water. There was also better cell service on land, and I had my four-year-old daughter on vacation in Paris to check in with.
Then I remembered I wasn’t a complete tool. Ellis wasn’t doing all right, and we were practically family. I had to stay and make lemonade with him. Of course, me being me, seemingly un-dateable and complicated, I had to develop feelings for him, too.
“Choosing you would complicate everything in my everyday life, yet it’s the most uncomplicated choice I’ve ever made.”
I haven’t read the third and fourth book in the series, so this addition introduced me to some new faces. However, I’m sure that Uncomplicated Choices is a perfect standalone, I just had to pay attention at first. In fact, I can’t wait for some of these new people to get their own story.
The best part of this book for me, was Casey. His voice was so refreshing, he’s one of those characters that had he been a real life person, I’d love to be his BFF. He’s brutally honest, witty, self-sarcastic, great friend and amazing dad.
It took a while to connect with Ellis. Ellis was used to existing instead of living, so he was pretty closed off at first. But watching him experiencing things for the first time, like fighting, being jealous, or having amazeballs sex, was pretty damn awesome.
My favorite -and longest- part of the book was the time Casey and Ellis spent on the boat. You know, when Casey became “a kidnapping slut”.
“What the hell are you doing here, Casey?”
“You kidnapped me?” I yelled.
“I did what? For God’s sake, I’m borrowing the boat from Lincoln. You’re not supposed to be here.”
But that trip was like being in a bubble, and, as expected, it burst when they came home.
Extra points for the kids of the story. They were important, but they didn’t overtake in any way. Also, they acted like their age instead of grown ups in little people’s bodies.
Another thing that I loved was the sense of family among the close knit group of friends. When blood disappoints and rejects you, that’s where you turn to.
One star deduction for the sole reason that I’m not a fan of the plot twist at 72%. Granted, Care Dee handles it in the best possible way, and the outcome is in favor of the main couple. There is no melodrama and the characters’ actions surprised me in a very positive way, right from the second it happened. But, it’s a trope I loath, and just its presence in the book was a turn off for me. But don’t let that stop you.
I’m glad that life finally cut Casey and Ellis some slack, and that I was there to read their HEA.
P.S. If you haven’t already, I strongly advise you go to the author’s website, and take a look at the fabulous world she has created.