If you're a teenager in a small, rural area, how do you exist when your eccentric, free-spirited parents are the town freaks everyone laughs at?
For sixteen-year-old Rainbow Honeywell—or Rain, as she insists on being called—the answer was to become the queen of all pranks. She never wanted to be a troublemaker, but the label quickly stuck when everyone in Huntsville, Kansas, became a target. All she wanted was to deflect the negative attention off her parents, but Rain's plan backfired to the max, landing her in a heap of trouble with the local authorities and expelled from high school.
An unexpected inheritance offers Rain an opportunity for a new beginning when she and her family move across the country to the quaint beach community of Turtle Bay, Florida.
Determined to make the best of her second chance, Rain vows to walk the straight and narrow, hoping her parents will fly under the radar while she soaks up some fun in the sun, sandy beaches, and hot, tanned guys. Unfortunately, she picks the wrong new friends, and a late night party lands her back in the kind of trouble she had been hoping to avoid. As the newbie in town with a record, Rain takes the brunt of the punishment when an unforgiving judge chooses to make an example out of her and slaps her with enough community service hours to keep her busy until she is old and gray.
Facing the harsh reality of paying for the actions of others while atoning for her own past sins, Rain is paired up with Josh Shaw, a judgmental local lifeguard whose love for the beach and the environment is eclipsed only by his distaste for those who trash it. As far as Josh is concerned, Rain is guilty and got what she deserved, regardless of her side of the story. To make matters worse, a tropical storm sits in the Atlantic, threatening to wreak havoc on the small beach community.
Things slowly change as Rain begins to appreciate her surroundings through Josh's eyes, proving she is not the person he thinks she is. Their feelings for one another blossom as the tropical storm grows into a hurricane and bears down on Turtle Bay. With impending danger looming, the small beach community must come together in order to ride out the storm.
I was really excited to read Tiffany King's latest book. Her books always have the best characters and a unique storyline. And that is exactly what I found in Turtle Bay.
Kings characters are the ones that get overlooked by the popular crowd and have interesting circumstances. They always feel real and genuine.
Rain has some pretty interesting parents that any teen would be trying to hide from their judgmental peers. Her less than perfect behavior is a ploy to avoid the ridicule of those peers. And her attempts to recover from her mistakes finds lots of problems before any real recover can happen. Felt very true to life.
Josh is adorable. His passion for the environment helps him deal with the lacks he has at home. His job has become his family and life. He's attracted to Rain but he's patient and sweet as he gets to know her. Josh is a good guy. Not a jerk or a bad boy, a good guy - and he's exactly what Rain needs.
The story is sweet. As these two get over their not so perfect first meeting and the misunderstanding that lands Rain in community service, they get to know each other and support each other. What I loved was that they each accepted the other for who they were. And they both learned from the other in ways that helped them deal with the issues they were facing.
Something that's really different about this one is the climax to the story. I can't really say the details but I will say that the relationship between these two was not at risk but strengthened by the events of the story. I enjoyed that. Not every relationship needs to hang by a thread before a couple can love each other and move forward. It was nice.
This is a great Young Adult story that young and old can enjoy. If you love that type of read, then make sure you check this one out. It's worth it.
About The Author...
USA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iPhone and iPad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.
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