CHANGING TIDES (Kill Devil Hills, #2) by Sarah Darlington Blog Tour + Reni's Review!

"Nate West. Hollywood bad-boy. Television megastar. Womanizer. Basically everything I hate about the male species rolled into one handsome package. And yet…I want him."

Ellie Turner is a lesbian. She has tattoos, short hair, and a ‘don’t-mess-with-me-attitude.’ She knows who she is, loves who she is, and couldn’t care less what the rest of the world thinks of her. And since she has the most kick-ass best friend on the planet, Noah Clark, even when family drama gets in the way, nothing can offset her happy-go-lucky demeanor.

Until television star Nate West comes along. All thick muscle and alpha-male testosterone. When Ellie meets him on an airplane the only thing Nate West should be good for is a brand new profile picture on Facebook. Right? Wrong. Turns out he’s good for so much more.

This man is going to flip everything Ellie thought she knew about herself upside down.

***NA Romance. This novel is the second book in the Kill Devil Hills series, however it can be read as a standalone. Recommended for 18+

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When it comes to Changing Tides, I have a unique prospective on the subject matter. You see, my dad is gay. Because of that, I come to this story a bit bias. In Kill Devil Hills, Ellie – the heroine in this tale – is a lesbian. She’s NEVER been into men. At all. Ever. That made it hard for me to switch gears and really accept the fact that Ellie magically shed her gay-ness (That sounds wrong, but you get the point.) for this random, massively huge, alpha male celeb (Nate West... Nathaniel). It just didn’t sit right with me. Is it possible? Sure, anything is possible. Is it probable? No. My dad suffered in silence for years because he didn’t want to be gay. He’s been left nasty messages and called names I’d never repeat. It’s not easy to just up and magically become bi, or even less likely, straight.

“So it doesn’t matter to me if he’s a man or woman or a purple alien, and it shouldn’t matter to you – as long as he makes you happy. That’s all that’s important in any relationship.”

My life tainted this story. It made the words almost upsetting to me, and yet, I sincerely enjoyed the characters. I know in my heart of hearts that Sarah would NEVER intentionally write something that would rub me the wrong way. It’s a work of fiction. I just found it hard to read after living through what I have, after seeing what my own flesh and blood had gone through because of his sexual preference. On the other hand, it was interesting to see Ellie work through her feelings. Instead of being confused and concerned about her feelings for the same sex, she felt uncomfortable with her feelings for one man.

I just want to take a moment to emphasize that love is love. If Ellie loves another woman - wonderful. If she’s into a man - super. LOVE is LOVE.

All-in-all. Changing Tides was a pretty good read. There wasn’t much angst in this story, but I will say this… I KNEW IT! If you read the first book, Kill Devil Hills, you can guess what I mean by that. But dude, this is a cliffy. Like most people, I am not overly fond of being left hanging. I’m anxious to see what Sarah does with the next book, and how Ellie and Nathaniel’s relationship plays out. It’s an intriguing dynamic. 

 Other novels in the Kill Devil Hills Series:

Noah is determined to escape his past and keep his life under control. Then he saves the life of his best friend’s little sister, Georgina Turner — who is battling her own demons. He can't get her out of his head, even if Georgina tears down the emotional walls he so carefully built.
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Sarah Darlington lives in Virginia with her husband and two-year-old son. She's a former flight attendant, navy brat, constant day-dreamer, wannabe photographer, and an avid scrapbooker. She loves to travel and is working on visiting all 50 states.

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