Where We Belong, Eve Connell
Where We Belong, Eve Connell
Genre: Contemporary romance.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
First thing to say is..I’m not a swimmer, and yet I really enjoyed the swimming parts of this read, from the training where Amelia struggled in the beginning, to the timed trials and competitions. Of course the actual times meant little to me except to show how quickly she was improving, and when she was second – or got that magic first by a fraction of a second. Its a really fun and at times exciting read for those who know nothing about swimming, so don’t be put off if like me you don’t swim.
Amelia had worked so hard from such a young age to get so far ahead in the swimming world, and then it all crashed down when she had a horrific car accident, and was underwater for several minutes, actually clinically dead for a while…so she hasn’t swum since or had contact with anyone from that time, except her fiancé Kristopher. It’s now six years later and they’ve been having problems for months though, and she’s struggling. He was such a jerk I just wondered what she ever saw in him but maybe, just maybe he was different before? Well, to her anyway, because he seems just the same to me… Then by a coincidence she happens to go into a gym to get a cool drink, they recognise her and offer her a swim and all the clothes she needs for it. She doesn’t want to but still respects the fans who were so positive for her, feels she can’t let the gym down when they’re being so kind, so she actually does it and of course on the way out she bumps into Harry….
Harry: when they were training she idolised him, had done since they were young, and then after the accident where he was involved they’d never seen each other again. He spent some time in prison over the accident and somehow both have shied away from reconnecting even though they were really close. Meeting like this is a shock to them both, and they briefly chat. The guy who first recognised her tells her he’s arranging a party for his father, someone both she and Harry respect from the swimming scene, and they say they’ll attend. That starts an avalanche of events that culminate in them getting back together as trainer and coach, and stepping cautiously around their attraction. Of course there’s secrets to come out – huge ones, her relationship with Kristopher who was involved in the crash too, and events surrounding just prior to that. The big question is – this time can Amelia and Harry make things work between them. As a reader I was so rooting for them, it was clear they both had a deep seated respect for each other, as well as a sensual, tangible attraction but the secrets…could they get past them and would the past stay there or reveal the ugly side of what happened? There’s some shocking revelations, casting everyone she knows in a different light and Kristopher, angry at their breakup, does his best to stir up trouble leading to some real danger for Amelia.
Its a great read, I felt her body aching when training started, her elation when swimming went well, and her despair when everything toppled down. Its a fun, easy read, and has some sensual moments and plenty of excitement. I didn’t guess exactly what had happened and parts came as a real shock.
Stars: Five, a great read which I greatly enjoyed but probably a one off for me.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.