Friday, May 19, 2017

A Change in Tide by Freya Barker

Title: A Change in Tide
Series: Northern Lights #1
Author: Freya Barker
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: May 3, 2017

"A Change In Tide is a beautiful love story touching on real life problems and honest emotions. Barker has a wonderful way with words that keeps us wanting more. This book is definitely at the top of my list of favorite reads for 2017!" -author RB Hilliard
"A Change In Tide will make you hurt, make your heart race in empathy, and then put you back together again!" -author CP Smith

What impact would it have when everything suddenly faded to black? For Mia, a crowded subway ride changes her entire life. Retreating to the wilderness helps her cope with a world that is suddenly too loud, too turbulent. Her existence safely contained to the small cottage on the lake, she is unprepared for the neighbor that moves across the bay A career-ending injury has Jared permanently benched. His reputation as The Enforcer won’t survive the unanticipated responsibilities awaiting him. Away from the public eye, he adjust to his new reality, under the quiet observation of the intriguing hermit on the other side of the water.
Freya Barker inspires with her stories about 'real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy. She is the author of the Cedar Tree Series and the Portland, ME, novels.
Freya is the recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None,” and is a finalist for the 2016 Kindle Book Awards for “From Dust”. She currently has two complete series and three anthologies published, and is working on two new series; La Plata County FBI—ROCK POINT, and Northern Lights. She continues to spin story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

There are certain author names that evoke certain reactions in me as a reader. Certain expectations that you connect automatically when your read them. So when the name Freya Barker appeared on my kindle my mind directly connected it to intense storylines that I read from her in the past.

And you can believe me when I tell you her newest book “A Change In Tide”  picks up right where she left us when she finished her last series. We find ourselves in a different setting with different characters yet we get told a story with an intensity that I truly love from this author.

Her description of the setting really brings the reader into the story and the characters invited my to join them during the developing plot. I felt like I was right beside Mia, the female lead when she faced her daily struggles and she made me want to hug her and tell her to hold on.

The male lead was as confusing to me as he felt to Mia at first. Jared is a strong minded guy with a big heart that is hidden under layers of old pain. Pain that is not obvious to outsiders and is therefore often misunderstood.

I loved the developing relationship between the leads but as this is one Freya’s trademarks that was really no surprise to me. The leads were remarkable, fragile yet strong. I enjoyed every minute of reading and I will pick up a book from this author at any time if the plot appeals to me.