Nick is a lonely introvert with a deep, dark secret. His jock physique, curly locks, and steely blue eyes only cover so much of the hideous truth that he keeps hidden from everyone around him. His seemingly normal outward appearance provides him the ability to blend in effortlessly with the rest of the beautiful people of South Harbor, a bustling seaside metropolis where warm sand and water border cold concrete and steel.
He meets Harper: an overly sarcastic, emotionally damaged girl who has moved to the city after the tragic loss of her mentally fragile boyfriend. They soon embark on a weird and wonderful journey of self-discovery, odd social norms, and love. The deep inner truths and boundless soul attraction that they soon share for one another becomes a constant struggle of not only the heart, but of the flesh as well.
When I was first sent this book to give an honest review by Cara from Fluky Fiction, I liked what I was sent, and was very happy to review, the cover however was off putting.
I know none of us book lovers should “judge a book by it’s cover” but this cover really did make me stand off a bit. However the cover explains Nicks one big secret “Diphallia”, the main story of the book. Once I read this in the book I completely understood the reasoning behind cover. However as someone just passing by this book, or browsing I would have probably left it. Appearances are deceiving because I actually enjoyed this book.
I could empathise with Nick’s character, he is a very attractive 27 year old guy, however he was bullied for most of his life for his Diphallia. He didn’t get much support his mum worked/works as a nurse full time and his dad walked out, therefor he really had no strong male role model in his life.
He seeks solitude at south harbour hoping for a fresh start, where no one knows his secret and can treat him like a “normal” person for once. And he comes across as a really caring, romantic man who anybody could befriend easily.
I really liked his character.
I struggled to like Harpers character, I understood that she came across as a 24 year old tomboy, which does not bother me at all. Harper always got on with the lads and found them to be better friends, but sometimes her use of language was too much, for me anyway.
For Example: “Hey f*g-a-tron, does it always get this f***in cold in the fall here? my frost bitten tits are about to break off”.
In the book Nick likes her personality which always counts, but sometimes her dialogue was way too much for me and I found myself skipping over lines to get past it…. some would say she had a big potty mouth, some words I don’t like and they were repeated.
I enjoyed the chemistry between the two characters. Nick battling with his “Not good enough” behaviour, and Harper thinking no man will ever want a girl as tomboy as her.
They both showed a friendship that blossomed into a relationship which wasn’t forced, and felt real. I just don’t think it was the sort of book for me, if I have to scan over lines instead of properly reading them, then that usually gives me an idea whether it is the right book for me. My main problem was Harpers character really put me off.