Author: Stacy Kestwick
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Water’s Edge (Book 2)
My 5 star review of Soaked
I love new authors, and any time one of them can write- and do it well, I turn into a major fan girl. I read a little book called Wet in 2015, and I loved it! It was actually in my top 10 from 2015. I really loved the way she wrote, her content flowed really easily, and I was invested in these characters. Stacy’s newest follow up, Soaked, was no different. It had everything I wanted, of course the HEA I so desperately needed from her- even if it took me the entire book to get it, I wanted it. This book picked up where Wet left us hanging- with a poor Sadie and West in the biggest, loneliest doghouse that there ever was! This book gave me all kinds of feels but mostly it was that page turning feeling that I love so much that made me devour it from start to finish.
Heres the thing- you either LOVE West and are on his side, or you love West and are on his side. There is no other way to be. Yes, he can be immature, and yes- he was caught in some unlikely circumstances that were not his fault for the most part. And had this been cookie cutter romance with no angst or drama- West would have gone to Audrey- and brought her to Sadie’s home, and confronted her on page one. BUT, this isn’t the cookie cutter type of romance, this is fiction and Stacy is the author so she can write it how she damn well please. And I LOVED it for that. I loved all the little bumps and bruises these two went through, it made the story memorable- a story to share with your reader friends. “Can you believe with that witch Audrey did?” or “Damn you Sadie, you need to be shaken, hear West out!” I love books that can make me do that. That can make me say “awwwww” one second and “mother F!” the next- and Stacy has done that with this conclusion to Sadie and West’s story. Not to mention we went from being just a little Wet, to being completely Soaked during some of the hotter scenes, hehe.
Over the course of this duology I fell in love with Sadie and West, like everyone did. I loved how Sadie grew into the woman she was always meant to become. I loved how West grew a pair, and became a good man- a man who at first did not believe in himself- to a man who was full of confidence and was ready to be in love, FINALLY, with Sadie. You have to remember- these characters are not real, first of all, but if they were- they are young, immature, and a little dense at times. But sometimes such is life, right? We all don’t act our age every second of every day. Sometimes we can be a little immature when it comes to relationships, and sometimes we just don’t think before we speak or act. We are only human- and so are these fictional characters- they made mistakes, loads of them- but they righted their wrongs, and in the end- they got their HEA. And while the Water’s Edge series is not over, a little part of me is sad that Sadie and West’s story has come to an end. Sure we will see them in the rest of this series- no doubt, but a little part of me is sad the donut lover and paper airplane maker’s story is over. Well done again Stacy, you continue to amaze me with the level of awesomeness that you have and write with.