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Review: Deep Blue Eternity by Natasha Boyd

My Thoughts

Beautifully evocative and utterly heart wrenching.
Natasha Boyd’s best work to date.

5stars

Synopsis

deep blue eternity coverLivvy is on the run. And she’s escaped to the one place nobody will ever find her.

But the isolated cottage isn’t empty. Her refuge is home to a troubled stranger, Tom, there for reasons of his own.

In the intimacy of the abandoned cottage, and the remote wilderness of the island, the electrifying connection between them is impossible to ignore. Both running from their histories and shielding dark secrets, their pasts catch up with them and collide in an unimaginable way.

Deep emotions and powerful chemistry face a painful battle with the tangle of lies, and scars of the past. When the truth emerges, hearts will be shattered.

My Review

Natasha Boyd utterly mesmerized me with this powerful, beautifully imparted story of lies, loss and love. It’s a deeply moving story that touched me in many ways and I was so invested in the characters, so drawn in from the very beginning, that I didn’t stop from the time I picked it up, until the emotional end. The story stirs feelings of sadness and betrayal, heartlessness and brutality, secrets and suspense, and love and forgiveness.

The story begins with Olivia (Liv) Baines running away from her family, running to a safe place to start anew. She heads to her grandmother’s cottage and very quickly we realize she is heartbroken… in pain and anxious due to things that remain unrevealed. But when she arrives at the isolated island cottage, she finds the home already inhabited by a scruffy, broody and very beautiful man.

“Olivia Baines needed something and seemed unilaterally unaware of it. Her need was tangible and almost vampiric; a vast, aching, vaccuum of loneliness…”

Tom and Liv are constantly either at war or barely speaking to each other. Both hide secrets that have cut them deeply… connected secrets that will undoubtedly shatter each other’s hearts. Livvy is hiding behind her pain, behind her dark hair and makeup, behind the words she says and doesn’t say. Tom is torn by the emotions that rise inside of him, by his past transgressions and by his inability to reach this troubled girl.

“She was too tough to crack on the outside and dying for a connection on the inside.”

The dynamic between our two protagonists is so rich and charged and heartbreaking. It’s volatile and fragile all at once. There’s beauty in watching their relationship evolve, watching each individual change as a result of the other. External elements in addition to the secrets that slowly unravel add an element of suspense as we try and put all the pieces together. But before too long, real feelings consume and we see how she’s fallen for Tom even though she thinks he’s unable to love her.

“Falling in love with him had forever altered me, but to let it out of my heart might lose him forever.”

I loved both characters. They were each so beautifully complex. Liv is an eighteen year old who’s had to deal with things no one should ever face, who’s isolated herself from others to protect herself. She wants to find a happy haven and she unexpectedly finds solace with this stranger that both challenges and comforts her. However, as much as she wants to change, her dark past is always there, threatening to take her under. Tom is a tortured soul, a deeply feeling man tormented by his past decisions, by his actions and inactions. He doesn’t expect to feel anything for this girl who drudges up memories of the very things that agonize him, but he also can’t help but feel everything for her.

Natasha Boyd truly outdoes herself with this lyrically written, poignant story. I hope everyone picks this book up and finds the beauty that lies beyond the ugliness that these two people have endured. It’s easily one of my favorite reads this year.

“And that’s how I thought of love. Blue and infinite, clear but deep, where no man could truly reach. A deep blue eternity.”

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