Friday, 3 April 2015

Review: Natasha Boyd's "Deep Blue Eternity."

Review: Natasha Boyd's "Deep Blue Eternity."


Livvy is on the run. And she’s escaped to the one place nobody will ever find her.

But the isolated cottage isn’t empty. Her refuge is home to a troubled stranger, Tom, there for reasons of his own.

In the intimacy of the abandoned cottage, and the remote wilderness of the island, the electrifying connection between them is impossible to ignore. Both running from their histories and shielding dark secrets, their pasts catch up with them and collide in an unimaginable way.

Deep emotions and powerful chemistry face a painful battle with the tangle of lies, and scars of the past. When the truth emerges, hearts will be shattered.

Review: Surj Harvey

"Deep Blue Eternity" was a far cry from anything Natasha Boyd has written before. Unlike her "Eversea Series,"  this novel was much more serious, a little darker, full of angst and definitely more heart breaking. Livvy and Tom's  story really showed off this author's versatility in terms of her story telling abilities and a flexibility in terms of her writing style... a one trick pony Natasha Boyd absolutely is not and this book was a true testament to that.  

“When I was younger I was asked to describe what I thought love was...Blue and infinite, 
clear but deep, where no man could truly reach. A deep blue eternity.” 

"Deep Blue Eternity" gave us the story of Livvy and Tom, two characters who were running from a past. Two characters who were so broken I wondered if they would ever find an inner peace. Two characters who I couldn't help but feel for. Let down by those who should have protected them, what each of them had endured was soul destroying. It was almost like fate had brought them together but would all of the secrets and lies each of them held close tear them apart? 

This was one of those books that was like a giant jigsaw. Most of the pieces were there and some that were relatively easy to place (you know, like the corner pieces you can pick up almost immediately?) It was those intricate little buggers that took a little longer to figure out. I just needed a bit more information to make the connection. However, just as I thought I was getting somewhere, a huge curveball would come hurtling my way, throwing everything I thought I had managed to work out up in the air. Nothing was as straight forward as I had anticipated and as secret after secret, lie after lie, revelation after revelation came to light, I wondered whether a HEA was going to be possible. This really was one hell of a messed up, f**ked up story that's for sure. 

“…there was no such thing as white lies. All lies were black and destructive. 
A white lie was truly the blackest of all.” 

Livvy's character was one that I just wanted to mother. I wanted to take care of her, look after her and protect her despite the fact that she almost had this inmate ability to make you want to dislike her. It was like she had pressed a self destruct button and couple that with her age (18 years) and the two made for a dangerous combination. The front she tried to put on showed a sassy, feisty, strong willed young woman but peel back the layers and what I found was a scared, vulnerable, naive girl who was struggling to cope each and every day. Letting go of the past was easier said than done.

She saw herself as something broken and damaged, 
and I saw her as absolutely fucking perfect. 

Tom's character was shrouded in mystery and as much as I was able to work out quite a bit about him and where he fit in the grander scheme of things quite early on, there were still some revelations that knocked me for six... that I really hadn't expected, that I struggled to come to terms with. his intentions were good but I had a feeling the past was going to come back and haunt him with a vengeance. After all, secrets never stayed secrets for long and they always had a habit of surfacing when you least expected it, turning everything on it's head... yup that's exactly what happened. 

As individuals, Livvy and Tom were as complicated as they came, but together? It really was a recipe for disaster. I mean, a connection based on secrets and lies was no connection at all... right? But if that was the case why could I feel this raw, visceral energy between the couple? And why could I feel this palpable sexual tension right down to my very core? 

I kept my eyes closed. I couldn’t bear for him to see what mine 
must look like. Desperate. Yearning. Drowning in agony.

Despite my head telling me it was wrong, my gut was telling me that Livvy and Tom had the potential to be each others glue and because of that, I was willing for them to get together (as difficult as their journeyy together might be). 

"Deep Blue Eternity" was a story born from ugliness, heart break and loss. It wasn't an easy read that's for sure, Natasha Boyd covering some very serious, sensitive subject matters. However, push past that, and this was also a story about love, healing, hope and survival and it was these elements that had me reading, searching desperately for that HEA. However as much as the end tied up quite a few elements of Livvy and Tom's story, I did feel that there was still so much that was left unfinished. I truly hope this couple get another book because for me, their story isn't done yet. 

“My heart was barely beating before you arrived and now… 
Now, every breath I take has you in it.”

I rated "Deep Blue Eternity" ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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