Clear As Day

Babette James
Clear As Day
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Publisher
The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
April 2012
ISBN
9781612170350
Series
Book 2 of The River
Genre
Contemporary Romance

SUMMARY
What's a girl to do when her summer lover wants forever?

Haunted by dark memories of her parents' volatile marriage, artist Kay Browning keeps her heart locked behind a free-spirit facade and contents herself with the comfortable affair she has every summer with easygoing photographer Nate Quinn.

The only trouble with her plan? This summer Nate's come to Lake Mohave to claim the lover he can't let go. He's done with the endless traveling and settling for temporary homes and temporary loves. Kay's always been more than just a vacation fling, and now he must convince this woman, who sees love as a course to certain heartbreak, to take that leap of faith and learn how safe love with the right man can be.

Book Review by CozyReader (reviewer)
Jul 13, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
165 people found the following review helpful
As soon as I read this, I knew I had to share this from this wonderful read:

He took a hard breath. "Damn it, Kay, you don't have to do it alone. I promise. You're so self-sufficient all the time, can't you let yourself need? Be needed? Can't you let yourself be cared for? Can't you believe in what we feel? Can't you believe in what we have? We're great together. And I'm not just talking sex. I know what I want. You. I love you. I need you."


Can friends with benefits become more?

Kay Browning is a young woman with so many demons in her life, all because of her family. Throughout the book, she finds herself comparing her surroundings to either her parents' or her sister's life but what she needs to understand is that this is her life and she makes of it what she wants. She finds herself wanting to be happy but something always spooks her and it's like she hits a brick wall and has doubts about the decision she is about to make. She knows that she misses Nate more and more as the years go by since they only spend 2 weeks out of the year together before they part ways. Can she finally make the right choice in order for her to be happy in life?

Nate Quinn knows what he wants and what he wants is Kay. When he does not get an answer to his proposal but she doesn't take the ring off, he knows he needs to take things slow. He needs to give her time to absorb what is going on. Trust is something that Kay is not able to give him and it hurts him. Every time he can, he tells her that he loves her and promises her that he will be there for her, that he is done traveling and has bought a house in Oregon. But then, the opportunity of a lifetime comes along, something that he has dreamed of is on the palm of his hand. Should he go for it?

I truly loved how Ms. James expressed so well the emotional rollercoaster of their relationship. The fears, happiness, confusion and pain that Kay went through in coming to a decision of her next step to this relationship was expressed wonderfully. This book truly made me laugh, giggle and cry. The other characters in the book were wonderful; some had their own problems to deal with and it was like this story just sucked you into their world. I know it made me feel like I was in the book and seeing it all unfold right before my eyes.

The dialogue of CLEAR AS DAY was fluid and perfect. It had the perfect amount of passion that sizzled every time Kay and Nate got together. What Nate said towards the end of the book was on the spot, something that Kay needed to think about long and hard before the best thing slipped away from her hands:

"With life, if you don't go with the changes or take the risks, it isn't life at all."


If you want romance with all the emotions—whether good, bad or ugly—with some humor, this book is for you. I can't wait to read Dave and Olivia's story in Love Burns.
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