Undertow (Dragonfly #2)
Leigh Talbert Moore
Published: July 18, 2013
NetGalley ARC, 336 pages
Falling in love will pull you under…
Bill Kyser has a plan to take the sandy farms of his hometown and turn them into a world-class tourist destination–and become a billionaire in the process.
Alexandra “Lexy” LaSalle has a plan to change her life by becoming a world-famous artist.
Meg Weaver has a plan to hold onto Bill no matter what she has to do.
Three friends, three dreams.
One fatal decision will change all their lives forever.
In Dragonfly, Bill Kyser gave Anna the three journals that held the story behind the powerful developer’s seclusion and the damaged lives of his family members.
Anna hoped to find a way for Julian to know the truth, but as she digs deeper into the tragic events of the past, she realizes silence could be the only option.
Now she’s in an alliance with the man she formerly feared. And if Julian finds out what she knows, she could lose for good the boy she’s starting to love.
I enjoyed this book so much more than Dragonfly. I think the writing was much better, as were the characters. There was a lot more development and the dialogue, both written and spoken, was much improved. This book had more purpose. Also, there was no Jack. Since he annoyed me so much in the previous book, I’m in full support of his absence in this book.
As I said in my review, the mysterious history of Jack’s dad and Julian’s mom was one of my favorite parts Dragonfly. The majority of this book dealt with Anna uncovering that history, so I was thrilled. I loved reading their story through the journals of Bill Kyser, Meg Weaver (Kyser) and Alexandra “Lexy” LaSalle.
Lexy was my favorite character. She was a strong woman with terrible taste in men. She was career-focused. And then she found herself falling for the wrong man, a man for whom she never would have imagined herself falling. Her best friend’s husband. I felt real sympathy for her as the events unfolded in her journal – from the creepy professor who took advantage of her to the affair with Bill and the untimely death of Meg. I could feel the longing, the regret, the pain.
I didn’t like Bill very much in the first book. Of course, I’m not supposed to like him. He’s the man with the plan for his son, the plan that’s standing in the way of his relationship with Anna. He came off as a despicable ass. But, through his journal, I learned that wasn’t the case. He was actually a decent guy. Well, except for the minor issue of having an affair with his wife’s best friend. But, in his defense, his wife had been deceiving him from the beginning. He was following his feelings. It wasn’t right, but there was real emotion between them. I felt sorry for him. I felt sorry for Lexy. I wanted them together.
Meg annoyed me from the beginning. She was high-maintenance and deceitful. She wanted Bill and she didn’t care what lengths she had to go to to get and keep him. I couldn’t really feel any sympathy for her. She brought it all on herself. Of course, I’m not completely heartless, so her death was sad. I felt terrible for the kids and the guilt that Bill and Lexy were harboring because of her death.
I liked Anna so much better in this book. I found her more mature and focused (on something other than Jack). Jack’s absence left her far less pathetic in this story. I wish Julian had been featured more prominently in this book though. I adore him. I would have enjoyed learning more about Anna and his growing relationship.
After finishing this book, I’m really looking forward to the third book in this series, Watercolor. I already know that there will likely be a whole lot of drama when Julian inevitably finds out that Anna knew who his father is and has been withholding that information from him. Also, Jack is back for the next book, so I’m sure Anna will be a total crazy person over him again. But still, I can’t wait to see if Bill and Lexy reunite. I want to see the progression of Anna and Julian’s relationship before the inevitable fallout over the identity of his father. I’m pretty well wrapped up in this story now. Good thing the next book comes out soon. Well, October. That’s close enough.
I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.