Arc Book Review: Adrift by Sarah Darlington

June 2, 2017 Advanced Readers Copy, Blog Tour, Book Reviews, Giveaway 0

Arc Book Review: Adrift by Sarah Darlington

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Arc Book Review: Adrift by Sarah DarlingtonKill Devil Hills by Sarah Darlington
Series: Kill Devil Hills #4
on May 30th 2017
Genres: Romance
Pages: 131
Source: Author
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What happens when the world thought you were dead and now suddenly you aren’t?

Ben Turner is back! Not quite as dead as everyone thought, fresh out of a nine-month stay in prison, and back home in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Having been dishonorably discharged after charges of desertion from the military, this once well-loved local has fallen from the top. With no plans for college or the future, and hated by the town that once loved him, Ben feels like he’s drowning all over again.

Juniper is pregnant, alone, and running from her crazy fiancé. With only enough money for a one-way bus ticket, she heads to Kill Devil Hills, NC, a town she vacationed in as a little girl, a town she knows, come February, will have plenty of beach rentals to lie low in for the next couple months. Except she didn’t plan on getting caught on day one by the man living next door. Ben. He’s a man who has even more problems than she does, but maybe it’ll take a man like Ben to save her life.

**NEW ADULT ROMANCE**
Recommended for 18+. ADRIFT can be read as a standalone, but is recommended to be read fourth in Sarah Darlington's KILL DEVIL HILLS Series.

 

Finally got book four, Adrift! To be honest I just opened these books up two weeks ago and was so pleasantly pleased with them that I could not wait to finish so I could read book four.

These should be read in order. Yes, they can be read as a standalone, but there is so much that you will miss between each of the relationships, and honestly, these romances are just too yummy to pass up! Plus, the books are each pretty short at an average 200 pages each, so they’re quick, easy reads.

As much as I hoped book three was not about Ben, that’s how much I hoped this one finally would be. I think after all the drama in the first few books I had to get over not wanting to hear his story. By book four, I’m ready for it and it was perfectly timed!

Ben is going through some crap, and honestly, he should be. I get that not everyone is perfect but from the time he is introduced I was not a fan. That said, he wore me down a little. I was glad with the ending of book three but was not prepared for him just yet, so I’m happy this one was about him. That said, this is a little faster, or at least seems faster, than the previous books. The relationship was a little much for me, but it grew on me, slowly.

This relationship seems doomed from the beginning with both of them having serious issues to get over. While I loved the plot, I didn’t feel like Juniper’s issues were dealt with properly. She seemed really easy to accept everyone around her. Maybe it was her desperation, I don’t know, but I love psychology and the kind of stuff she goes through would send some serious red flags with any males, especially any that may be domineering. All of the men in Kill Devil Hills seem a bit alpha male. That said, I just went with the plot and loved everything else about it.

I also love that Ben actually had to deal with his own issues. It’s rare when we see a main character having to face consequences of their actions.

I almost wish there were more of that in the first portion of the book so I can understand what he went through more, but it was enough for me to feel satisfied and that he learned his lesson. Plus, the first three books do elude to him and his story quite a bit so I’m sure Sarah Darlington was ready to dive in with it!

In short: I think even with the few negatives, that this one was my favorite. Knowing all the people surrounding these two made it easier to understand everything going on. So glad to see these people that I’ve basically fallen in love with over the past few books.

Rating Report
Plot
5 / 5
Character Development
4.5 / 5
Writing Style
4.5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 4.8 / 5

 

Excerpt for the ADRIFT tour:

There was so much pain in his voice, it made me want to squeeze my arms around him tighter and hold on forever. He found his mistakes unforgivable, but they didn’t really matter to me. It wasn’t like I was going to stop being his friend because of them. He was home now, he was trying to make it right. He showed remorse for his actions. That was the thing about Quinton, he never showed remorse. Not once for hurting me. Ben cared so much. It was an amazing quality to find in a man and my heart suddenly ached in longing. Breathing became difficult and a giant lump lodged itself in my throat. I realized how much I cared for this man, how much I wished I’d met him before Quinton, how much I wished he could be the father of my baby.

It was a scary, terrifying thought.

One that left me breathless.

One I only let myself think about for a fleeting second before I shoved it from my mind. Because a wish like that was unrealistic and pointless and something that would never come true.

So why waste even a single moment thinking it?

“We all make stupid mistakes sometimes. That’s part of being human,” I said, in some attempt to comfort him. I wasn’t just talking about his mistakes either. The words I’m not Lilly Davenport were on the tip of my tongue. It suddenly felt like the right moment to tell him the truth about me. Except, he let his grip of my legs go.

My body slipped down his back and my toes hit sand.

“The buzz I had going is wearing off,” he said as he took a step away from me. In the moonlight, I could see his face well enough to see that it had hardened. He’d dropped his guard with me for a moment, but his walls were back up now and seemingly more fortified than ever. “And I’m not really supposed to leave the house after eight. So…”

I understood. He wanted to say goodbye now.

I didn’t though. I wanted more from him. Which was completely wrong of me. I realized how sweet Ben was. And attractive. Suddenly exactly my kind of attractive. And how completely off limits he was.

Wow, life sure had a way of kicking you in the gut when you were down. On top of being pregnant, broke, scared, and alone—I now had feelings for a guy I couldn’t have.

Thank you, irony.

“Goodnight, Ben,” I muttered. I moved swiftly, standing on my tip-toes, leaning in to give him a quick kiss on the cheek before pulling away. I left him, jogging up the beach in the direction of the Davenport’s house. I didn’t look back as I went inside.

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About Sarah Darlington

Sarah Darlington, a New Adult and contemporary romance author, lives in Virginia with her husband and two children. Best known for her Kill Devil Hills Series, she's also a former flight attendant, with a degree in school counseling, who harbors a huge passion for traveling. She's especially set on visiting all 50 states.
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