Sunday, 17 November 2013

Drift by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt.

There’s no way Lydia--oldest and most responsible of the tight-knit Rodriguez clan--is going to let her nosy family find out about the uncharacteristic work screw-up that landed her a paid suspension. To keep busy and avoid panic, she enrols in a life enrichment class. The first guest speaker is a handsome artist with a wicked smile and eyes that melt right through her.
Even the “ice princess” can’t help but feel an immediate spark that lights her blood on fire. 
Isaac Ortiz is unquestionably the sexiest man Lydia has ever met. The talented son of a famous Spanish artist, he’s constantly moving from one new glamorous city to another, working if and when the muse visits him.
He also has a stare that makes Lydia’s heart race and hands that look more than capable of making her scream with pleasure. She shouldn’t be attracted to this free-spirit who makes all his own rules--but she is.
There’s just one hiccup....Isaac is nineteen.
Lydia has lived her entire life firmly inside the box, and being with a younger man is definitely outside the safe confines she enjoys.
So why can’t she stay away from him? And why is she seriously considering his proposition to take off to a place she’s never been...just because?
When Lydia is invited back to work with a cleared name, she should be overjoyed.
But the reality is, Lydia doesn’t know what anchors her life anymore...or if she wants to be anchored at all. Should she travel the world with Isaac? Or continue down the road that she’s worked long and hard to pave for herself? Choosing one means losing the other, and Lydia isn’t sure if she’s ready to drift with the current that’s pulling her by the heart.
The last in the Sliver Strand series- so sad to see this series end.
What I loved:
Lydia- Lydia had seemed uptight and a little bit mean throughout the Sliver Strand series apart from Ties but in Drift she came into her own! As the main character her true feelings were more apparent and all her harshness of the previous books seemed to be misinterpretations. I found her to be determined, clever and witty! I liked seeing her relax and interact with her siblings in a much more emotional level than in previous books. The way she took the opportunity to take stock of her life and kept moving forward was very positive, I would have been on my sofa eating ice cream! A surprising endearing and witty lead.
Isaac- Very interesting character! I liked his varied background with the artistic influences, lots of travelling and a domineering father, it all combined to make him a well developed character. I loved his approach to his first lecture and generally his life, laid back but hard working. The showdown I anticipated with his Dad was anti-climatic yet realistic, I think he saw his father for who he really was opposed to the way his father presented himself and realised he could be the bigger man! I adored how he was with Lydia, persistent and witty to begin with and how respectful of her outlook and wishes he was regardless of his own ambitions. Another great male lead!
Sliver Strand- It's no secret that I adore Sliver Strand's community and how intertwined all their lives and backgrounds are! I've already mentioned how good it was to see Lydia getting on better with her siblings, I loved how protective Cohen was towards her. It was great to have a chance to find out more about Cece and her work and to see her bond with Lydia. She seemed like the perfect mix of Genevieve's dramatic flare and Lydia's determination, Iliked how expressive she was.  I loved Deo and Cohen's bromance as always and Deo's devotion to Judaism despite not being Jewish was both heart warming and hilarious. Cody was a welcome surprise, I liked him in Limits and it was good to see an outsider perspective on Gen and Adam and the Beckett-Rodriguez clan! I also liked the chance to get to know Mami and Papi Rodriguez more and to hear their story.
Epilogue- As much as it pained me to say goodbye to Sliver Strand the epilogue tied up all the loose ends perfectly. Each couple had grown and developed, all the side characters were mentioned or featured and a lovely toast was made! It was lovely for the Beckett-Rodriguez clan to be together getting along and happy! Looking forward to Enzo's spin off now :)
Drift was full of all my favourite Sliver Strand elements- great lead characters, amazingly well developed side cast and a simple yet well written and expanded on plot. Drift wasn't my favourite of the series but it was the perfect end!

Which Sliver Strand book is our favourite?
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