- Interlude Press
- Release Date
- May 2018
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ
Reid Watsford has a lot of secrets and a past he can't quite escape. While staying at his grandmother's condo in Key Largo, he signs up for introductory dive classes, where he meets Joaquim Oliveira, a Brazilian dive instructor with wanderlust. Driven by an instant, magnetic pull, what could have been just a hookup quickly deepens. As their relationship evolves, they must learn to navigate the challenges of Reid's mental illness—on their own and with each other.
Book Review by Ana (reviewer)
Jun 07, 2018 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
59 people found the following review helpful
A book that includes mental illness among its subject has always been one that has my utter attention. Unfortunately this one didn't quite make me fall in love with it, but I was very pleased with the way the subject was addressed, being not only an accurate portrayal but also keeping the romance I was looking for without creating false expectations.
When Reid signed up to a diving class, he wasn't expecting to fall in love with his dive instructor, but the chemistry between him and Joaquim makes the relationship evolve quickly. Reid's multiples secrets and his struggles with mental illness makes it hard for Joaquim to understand him and being able to give him what he needs, but the feelings they got for each other makes the challenge worth it as they try to make this new love work.
There were a lot of things that I liked about the book. The writing was good, I really enjoyed the dual point of view. I loved trying to understand what they think and feel. I also liked the way mental illness was portrayed. I think it was very illustrative and I liked that it included not only what others see but also what Reid was feeling at certain moments. I guess that's what I liked the most about the book.
Sadly, there were more things that I didn't like about it. I found it very hard to get myself into the story, I lost interest so many times. It was really slowed paced which seem appropriate for the story but made it harder to read. I couldn't quite love the characters as much as I expect to. They had some nice scenes together but I didn't find it as romantic as I hoped. I also thought there were some inconclusive subjects in the story, I was left with more questions than answers about Felix and I didn't quite feel I really got to know Reid that well.
About Reid, I guess it was fine not getting to know him that well, I get that even he is struggling with that. I loved that Joaquim struggled too, he wasn't perfect and that's great. He was trying and was very supportive without giving up everything he was for Reid, but being there for him. I loved that the book didn't try to give the false expectation that love will conquer illness. The illness was a part of Reid and it was going to be always a part of his life without it limiting his ability to find love.
Overall it was okay. I wasn't able to like it that much but others may enjoy it. I would definitely recommend it to understand mental illness better.
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