Out of the Blue by Kathryn Nolan
Holy Heck, ya’ll this book took me for a ride! A ride I thoroughly enjoyed, I gripped my seat, screamed, swooned, all of the appropriate reactions.
Out of the Blue is about a formally married couple Serena and Cope, in which they have been separated for the past four years. Serena is a professional, bad ass, surfer determined to win the upcoming surfing competitions she is lined up for. Cope is in the personal security field, he has lost his passion with a recent client, makes a rookie mistake, and gets placed on a new job to prove he is still in the headspace to be in the business.
Serena just got signed with a big brand, surfing slash bathing suit, slash beach wear company, Aerial. We are talking big bucks type sponsoring for Serena. You go girl, get that money! Because the brand is so huge they attach security detail to their clients, ya’ll can guess where I am heading with this, yes?
Serena needs a bodyguard because she will be drawing more intense attention, Cope is getting reassigned to a new client… These two haven’t seen each other in FOUR years. Then, BOOM! Cope and Serena meet. They quickly decide that they can handle the new professional relationship and will not tell anyone about their past, which includes them still being legally married, yikes. (But also I am living for this drama!)
With these two constantly near each other, and their blazing chemistry topped with memories of a beautiful life they had started to build together, tensions rise higher than any wave Serena conquers.
Not only that, there is a slight thriller/suspense element to this wonderful story. Aerial, the company that sponsors Serena seems to be exclusively humanitarian, super sustainable, and almost too perfect on paper to work for (or be sponsored by.) Good thing she’s got Cope by her side and his yummy biceps to help keep her safe, huh?
Out of the Blue is a perfect blend of sexy, sultry, brain twisty suspense all wrapped up in a contemporary romance. Kathryn Nolan has always excelled in writing female leads that pack a punch, they can carry a story line and their burdens with finesse. Out of the Blue is no exception to this. Serena is a bad ass athlete with a voice and intent that brings awareness to inequalities, its no surprise I fell hard for this female lead. Pair that up with a partner like Cope, with equal stubborn will and a sense that these two are equals when they metaphorically “square up,” well my dear, that makes for explosive collisions with these two. I could not get enough of them!