The Surfer Solution by Cathy Yardley
Published: February 2, 2017 by Cathy Yardley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
The middle child in a family chock-full of Type A’s, she’s determined to get promoted before she turns thirty. What she doesn’t anticipate: panic attacks that look like heart attacks, just before one of the biggest presentations of her career. Under doctor’s orders Allison has to find a nice, physical hobby.
After a series of unfortunate attempts, she finally settles on the perfect pursuit for a California girl: surfing. She’s even commandeered the services of surf instructor Sean Gilroy — just the guy to teach Allison’s uptight self how to chill. But aside from being unsettlingly cute in a wet suit, Sean seems like the stereotypical surfer: casual, laid-back and entirely certain that things will take care of themselves. In other words, the polar opposite of Allison’s world of stress, coffee and more stress.
Sean Gilroy has never experienced anything like the force of nature that is Allison. Before he knows it, they’re making each other crazy — and making each other hot. But he’s worried that she’s never going to embrace his lifestyle — and that the changes he’d have to make to fit into her life would destroy the core of the person he is.
As he learns to step up, and she learns to hang out, the two of them learn one important thing: sometimes, the last person you expect to fall for is the one person you really need.
This was a pretty enjoyable read, but definitely on the light side; an ideal read for a lazy weekend. The descriptions of surfing were done really well and I felt like I was there at the beach, smelling the salt and feeling the sand under my feet. Yardley does a fantastic job of describing it for the reader.
“I’m teaching you because I care about you. Get that? Care. You’re vulnerable, you’re sweet. And sometimes, I swear to God, you’re the most messed up woman I know.”
Sean was a great hero who loved his life, knew what was important and wasn’t afraid to go after it. He has some slips but overall he’s a pretty together guy. He’s not overly ambitious but he also understands how happiness and life satisfaction is more important than money. The characters are supposed to be in their 30’s but there was a slight immaturity to some of their behavior. A lack of life experience that made me feel like they were in their early 20’s. It was small but would sometimes bother me.
There were a lot of typos and errors in this one. I know you can’t catch everything but it was to the point that it would jar me out of the story when it happened.
3 stars – it was good