Saturday, September 7, 2013

My review of Hydraulic Level Five by Sarah Latchaw-----4 stars out of 5

This book was different than I expected. The title of the book made me a little hesitant but the title really doesn't do this book justice. I really enjoyed this book and the love story between Kaye (Aspen) and Sam. They grew up with each other and were best friends since they were kids. Sam was a few years older than her and at first they were just kids and she was just a little annoying girl that followed him around everywhere. As the years go on he really starts looking at her differently when she was 13 and he was about 16 or 17. He kept telling himself his feelings were wrong and tried his hardest to ignore him. He didn't feel right because she was so young and considered a kid. Sam watched as Kaye bloomed into a woman and finally he couldn't hold back anymore when she was 15 and he was about 18.

Even though the age difference was a huge obstacle they still remained close while Sam went away to college. I liked the family dynamic and how Sam's heritage of being Hispanic didn't make Kaye uncomfortable. She was the gringo lol.

After she finishes college Sam and Kaye get married. The marriage didn't last long at all and the sad part is that the marriage could have been saved. However, the both of them kept secrets from each other even though they knew just about everything about each other there was still some things they didn't know about each. This is what ruined their marriage. Samuel moves on with his life by becoming an author and Kaye stays in their hometown and owns a local marketing firm. For seven years Sam stayed away from his family and stayed in New York. Kaye and Sam only saw each other a handful of times but each time did not go well.

After all these years they are going to have to spend time with each other because Sam's sister is getting married and Kaye is the maid of honor. This is where all the fun starts. When Kaye finds out that Sam is bringing a woman home with him she gets angry. She doesn't understand why she feels this way and wants to prove to him she has moved on with her life. Soooooooo she partners up with her lawyer Jamie who was Kaye's divorce lawyer and a woman that HATES men. Jamie was by far the funniest person in the book. There is this one part where she makes Kaye fake being a lesbian and that they were a couple. Oh lord I couldn't stop laughing. As far as the woman Sam brings home I can't stand her. She's a stuck up witch and very jealous of Kaye. I can say that I love Sam and my heart goes out to him. When you read about his story it made me cry. These things are what ultimately destroyed him and destroyed his marriage. He kept this from Kaye and for as long as they have known each other she had no idea. Revelations are provided and more understanding of what happened to their marriage comes to light. You can tell Sam still loves Kay and she still loves him but doesn't trust him. They have to get to each other again to even begin healing their friendship.

The way it ended left me wanting more and I can't wait for the second book to see how the story will go on. Their story is not done by a long shot. Don't judge a book by it's cover because I would have missed out on this awesome book if I based it solely on the title. You will fall in love with Kaye and Sam. I have no doubt.

Tour-Wide Giveaway (US Residents ONLY)
$25 Omnific gift card, Five (5) signed, paperback copies of Hydraulic Level Five, Ten (10) eco-friendly Duck Duck Farms totes containing signed books, music, and other Colorado-centric items.


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