Title : Skygods (Hydraulic Level Five #2)
Author : Sarah Latchaw
Release Date : August 26, 2014
Kaye Trilby and her ex-husband, world-famous author Samuel Cabral, vowed to fight for their rekindled love in rain or shine. They didn’t realize they’d be caught in a deluge so quickly.
A near-fatal skydiving accident shows Kaye how her reckless behavior affects the ones she loves. But while she knows Samuel is afraid to lose her again, she isn’t ready to give up the thrill of the wild backcountry.
Something darker is slipping into Samuel’s mind, though. Just as all of Hollywood is bracing for his blockbuster book-to-movie adaptation, his polish seems to be deteriorating. When he appears on Kaye’s doorstep late one night in a rumpled tuxedo, erratic and agitated, it seems that romance with her ex might be her biggest leap yet. A string of failed relationships has pushed Samuel to the brink, the fall-out leaving him in a dark place—a place where Kaye is powerless to help him. She is reluctantly drawn back into Samuel’s glittering and backbiting world of celebrity, all the while clinging to the steadfast peaks of home.
Can Kaye risk her heart with Samuel a second time? Will they ever find their blue skies?
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About Sarah Latchaw
Sarah Latchaw was raised in eastern Iowa and appreciates beauty in mud-splattered gravel roads and fields. She also loves to explore far-away places, thanks to countless family minivan trips across the States. This passion for finding stories led to college adventures in many different countries, and each place’s story rests in the back of her mind and in her photo albums.
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, with the loving support of her husband, she pursued a career in creative writing and was awarded her MA from Iowa State University.
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 is not thrilled when she wakes to her cats smothering her face. She and her family reside in Des Moines, Iowa—one of the best places to live and work.
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My Rating : 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
I fell in love with Kaye and Samuel on book one, Hydraulin Level Five…. The first book was so delightful, it had me laughing and loving with the characters and the story… Kaye and Samuel’s pranks against each other were hilarious…. But most of all, I kept hoping for them to get back together, despite the fact that Samuel brought his girlfriend to his parents house for his sisters wedding. And I loved how it ended… it wasn’t rushed or forced… but it ended with a promise. I would highly recommend you read the first book before you read this one, even for reasons alone that “it is so worth the read!”.
In this sequel, let’s just say, If I loved them before, I loved them even more here. In this book, we’ll get to know Samuel more… their past and present. It is very touching and captivating…. And it is written so beautifully, so flawlessly… thus, making me a huge fan of Ms. Latchaw.
The story continues where it left off in the first book… where Kaye and Samuel rekindles their love and friendship, promising to be honest and open with each other. While Kaye still seeks answers to what went wrong in their relationship… and Samuel promises to make Kaye part of his life this time, no matter what.
Though this is written on Kate’s POV… I can read and feel Samuel’s thoughts and feelings through the childhood memoir his writing. I felt his struggles from keeping something from Kaye and his pain for hurting her. A memoir that is written with such innocence and with such raw intensity, that bared his soul.
I want to share what went wrong, the reason that Samuel left and pushed Kaye away, but I believe it is part of the element of surprise on their story. It certainly wasn’t as simple as what I thought it was. It did gave me a better understanding on what Samuel was going through… and is still struggling from the demons that still haunts him.
“Look how we’ve hurt ourselves, Kaye. We’ve both grasped at shards of life, hoping to reclaim some sort of wild elation only to find we cut ourselves a little bit more.”
Kaye only proved her love and loyalty towards Samuel. I felt so connected with Kaye… I could feel her helplessness… and her fight. I couldn’t find a better female protagonist. I admired her approach in life and choices…
As much as I missed all that laughter that the first book offered…. I was moved by the seriousness of the story… a story that sits close to reality…. But is written ever so lightly and delicately.
Kaye still maintained her playful character, and then there’s Kaye and Samuel’s playful moments that also never fails to put a smile on my face.
I loved all the twist and turns of the story, the media circus, the publishing politics, the cut-throat hollywood lifestyle…. But I most specially loved how the story ended. I can only wish for a more Kaye and Samuel? Perhaps? 😉