Making Waves by Laura Moore
Making Waves introduces us to Dakota Hale, an independent concierge business owner in the Hamptons and Max Carr, the successful business man who recently purchased the old Hale family estate and hires Dakota to help furnish it.
From the moment they meet sparks fly between Max and Dakota, but much of the latter half of the book is spent rebuilding. These two worked hard for their HEA.
Dakota is a very strong female lead, shining in all the right places. She’s likeable, fun, and ambitious, striving to be the best woman she can be without leaning on old money—unlike her detestable family. Her mother and aunt leave much to be desired; Dakota was wise to strike out on her own.
I would have enjoyed a bit more of Max in the book; it felt like the two didn’t have even representation. Regardless, Max may handle their relationship poorly at first, but he overcomes many flaws and work through issues. Out of the two, he evolved the most.
This book snares you quickly. The characters and setting come to life, it has emotional ups and downs, and the supporting cast is amazing (especially Hendrick, Dakota’s gay psychiatrist friend). I have no idea if life in the Hamptons is anything like this book describes. Even if it isn’t, Laura Moore will make you want to visit Beach Lane.
Making Waves will be available on April 25, 2017. While I did enjoy the book quite a bit, I am surprised to see that its starting price is ~$11 paperback ($12 ebook). So while I recommend it, if you’re like me and rarely spend more than $4-$8 on romance novels, you may want to check the library or wait for a sale.
I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.