Title: Hydraulic Level Five
Author: Sarah Latchaw
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Cover Designed By: Amy Brokaw / Micha Stone
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
How does a woman get over her one great love? With whitewater rafting, bluegrass, and a touch of revenge…
Kaye is an extreme sports addict with a kind heart and an axe to grind with her childhood sweetheart and ex-husband, renowned writer Samuel Caulfield Cabral. While Samuel enjoys a celebrity life in New York, Kaye remains in their hometown of Lyons, Colorado, running her PR agency and chatting daily with Samuel’s family, the beloved Cabrals—first-generation Mexican-Americans who have embraced Kaye as their own.
But when Samuel returns for his sister’s wedding with his new love interest, stunning editor Caroline Ortega , the gloves are stripped off. Kaye is determined to unearth the reasons behind the death of their marriage and why two people who lived to love each other were driven apart.
She discovers startling revelations about Samuel, about life…and about herself.
My Mini Review
(Sry it's not a full review. I'm back in school with five college courses, so I'm a little swamped at the moment)
I honestly did not know what to expect of this story. I did enjoy the blurb and instantly thought these two characters, Samuel and Kaye, would back together...but hold on, there's a lot more to this story than I thought, and I loved it! I have to write first, that the writing was refreshing to me. There was just a strong flow that kept me intrigued from chapter to chapter, to the final page, and to the sneak peak of the sequel (yeah there's a sequel!), so the Author's writing is just wonderful. I like that there's realistic factors, whether it be the situation or the traits of the different characters, especially from Sam and Kaye. They were childhood sweethearts and some of the flashbacks are cute, from when they were children, and I can see where some of the conflict started, that eventually led to a divorce, and there's one strong flashback that's awful for Kaye, but I'm glad it was there to understand what she went through, that led her to file for divorce, from her soul mate and best friend. As the story progresses, and Kaye and Sam see each other again, after a few years, they might not be able to be together romantically (even though there's strong feelings still) but they decide that friends would be best, so...do you think they become friends or become something more? Well, you are just going to have to find out, and I think if you like a romantic story of childhood sweethearts that could/could not have a second chance at love, then read this! I really loved this one, and I can't wait to read the sequel! I need to read that...now! :)
My Rating: 4.5/5
I say a PG-13 Rating (Some Adult Language & Mild Drug Content [1 scene])
About the Author
Sarah Latchaw was raised in eastern Iowa and appreciates beauty in mud-splattered gravel roads, weathered farm faces, and combine harvesters powering through cornfields. She also loves to explore the world, thanks to countless family minivan trips across the States to coastal cities and national monuments. This passion for finding stories led to college adventures to Israel and Palestine, Jordan, Slovakia, Germany, and other European countries. Each place’s story rests in the back of her mind and in her childhood photo albums.
In 2002, Sarah received her BA from Wartburg College in public relations and media, and entered the workforce, ready to climb the ladder. However, when researching MBA applications evoked feelings of dread, she realized a corporate marketing career wasn’t for her. With the unfailing support of her loving husband, she chose to pursue a career in freelance and creative writing, and received her MA from Iowa State University in 2009.
These days, Sarah wakes every morning thrilled to cuddle her small children, show them the world, then capture that world and shape it into stories on paper. She also enjoys her piano, volunteering in her community, and reading anything with a cohesive plot. She and her family reside in Des Moines, Iowa.
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