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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
In With The Tide is the story of Damien and Lindsey, childhood friends who grew into more. Unfortunately their happy ending did not start with high school graduation because Damien let his demons get the better of him. He pushed Lindsey away, fearing that she deserved more than he was as a boy and more than he could ever be, breaking her heart in the process. But Damien left Chatham a long time ago and he isn’t looking forward to coming back home, because it doesn’t mean to him what it does for most people. Damien is back because his father died and, though it’s the last place he wants to be, family and responsibility still mean something to him. So does Lindsey, as he finds out. Lindsey was headed back to Chatham too, only for her the move was permanent thanks to a nasty divorce. She was settling in and preparing for her new arrival when her old friend came back to town and became just the support she needed at the time.
Author Charlee James does a good job of tackling Damien’s demons without making this short romantic read at all maudlin. Lindsey was just about perfect and that is a credit to Charlee James. But old habits die hard and In With The Tide proves that loving someone doesn’t stop because life happens, but it also doesn’t mean you’ll get it right on the first try, as Damien unfortunately got to learn the hard way. I really enjoyed this romance story and though it was a short read, it gave me all the emotions of a longer one!