on March 31, 2015
I went into this book mostly blind, really not knowing what to expect. As a fan of Karina Halle’s, I was hoping for some delicious angst, a unique story, and some serious steam. I ended up getting the unique story and steam, an overload of frustrating angst, along with something I didn’t expect: a new love for a country across the world.
Josh Miles’ one night stand with Gemma Henare lights a spark in his otherwise dull existence. Their night together, and the intrigue and promise that Gemma shows Josh causes him to make the huge decision to take a trip across the world. With only her first name and very little money, Josh tracks Gemma down and they end up on a whirlwind road trip of New Zealand together. What happens next between Josh and Gemma is far from an easy vacation love affair.
This was one seriously complicated relationship. I usually don’t mind that. I love the delicious angst of a slow burn romance, but this relationship dynamic just didn’t work for me. While I really enjoyed Josh’s character, I just wasn’t a fan of Gemma. I know she had a horrific event from her past, along with some family drama that seriously stunted her emotionally, but she had a good thing right in front of her in Josh, and she just continued to push and shove him away. I questioned quite a few of Gemma’s decisions, and felt the urge to reach into my Kindle and give her a good shake more than once. It very nearly got to the point that I hoped Josh would just forget about Gemma and move onto someone more deserving.
New Zealand was the star of Where Sea Meets Sky, hands down. Karina Halle’s past as a travel writer absolutely shines in this book! I’ve never physically been to New Zealand, but the trip she allowed me to take in my mind because of her words was amazing in itself.
This was a really hard review to write, because I was left with such mixed feelings. I loved some parts, but really didn’t care for others, and am left trying to piece my feelings together for a middle ground. There is still no doubt in my mind that Karina Halle is a gifted writer, but this book just missed the mark for me overall. I look forward to more of her writing in the future.