Open Water (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Open Water (Scandinavian Comfort Book 2)
Author: Sophia Soames
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: July 20, 2019
Genre(s): YA, Enemies-to-lovers
Page Count: 338
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


Meet Lukas Myrtengren, Mentor Teacher in Biology and Maths at Östra Real Senior School in Stockholm. This isn’t how his life is supposed to turn out. In your late thirties you are supposed to have your life figured out, right? Somehow, Lukas has lost his compass, his life spinning aimlessly out of control. He still gets up in the morning and goes to work every day without fail, making sure his students pass his classes and that his schedule is right on track. His love life is a shambles, his head is a mess, but he is trying to sort it all out. Honestly. He can’t keep living like this.

Meet Tom Andersson. Emergency room doctor and single dad. He has no idea how he has managed to mess up parenthood this bad. He tries too hard, has no patience and can’t even hold a normal conversation with the seventeen-year-old son he loves to the point of insanity. Tom knows that he is drifting out to sea without a paddle, he just doesn’t know how to stop it.

Meet me, Max Andersson. Seventeen. Gay AF. An emotional wreck with no future, no skills and no clue. All I know is that I am in love. Helplessly. Desperately. And, unrequited, of course. What else can you expect from a loser like myself? It’s not like my life is going to get better. The truth is, I’m just another disaster waiting to happen. A ticking time-bomb full of stupidity. That’s just the way it is.

Welcome to Open Water.

Every squishy feeling to possibly feel was proudly featured in the words of this story.

This was about a lonely doctor and his son finding their perfect men and creating a family all in the space of a week or so. And it was brilliantly done.

It had the sweetest words, like this:

“I was scared last night. Scared and angry and sad, and all I could think of was that if I could just see you, I would feel a little happier. That the world wouldn’t be such a fucking shithole if I could just remind myself that you were still here.”

And the funniest words, like this:

“Okay you little shits, pop quiz!”
“Lukas is not supposed to call his students ‘little shits’.”

I love how Sophia Soames leaves nothing to the reader to contemplate or wonder about. Every exchange, every feeling, every emotion is described so plainly, so honestly that the reader can’t help but feel as if they are in the room, watching the pain and anguish of loss, or the excitement of finding love.

I can’t say enough about the astounding writing and story line. All four characters were a little broken, but when together as a family, they were stronger than ever.

This, for me, is a must read.

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Galley copy of Open Water provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday
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