Series: Dragonfly #2
Publisher: Self Published on July 13, 2013
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Bill Kyser has a plan to take the sandy farms of his hometown and turn them into a world-class tourist destination--and become a billionaire in the process.
Alexandra "Lexy" LaSalle has a plan to change her life by becoming a world-famous artist.
Meg Weaver has a plan to hold onto Bill no matter what she has to do.
Three friends, three dreams.
One fatal decision will change all their lives forever.
In Dragonfly, Bill Kyser gave Anna the three journals that held the story behind the powerful developer's seclusion and the damaged lives of his family members.
Anna hoped to find a way for Julian to know the truth, but as she digs deeper into the tragic events of the past, she realizes silence could be the only option.
Now she's in an alliance with the man she formerly feared. And if Julian finds out what she knows, she could lose for good the boy she's starting to love.
Early Readers are saying…
“An incredibly powerful sequel to Dragonfly. I found myself riveted to the last page by the depth of feeling, loss, tragedy, and love in this gorgeously woven story. A definite must-read.” –Jolene Perry, author of Out of Play
“My God I am so emotional! I have to give a huge KUDOS to Leigh because she knows how to write a story like no one’s business!” –Tee, Diary of a Book Addict reviews
“Undertow pulled me under and left me gasping for air and wanting so much more. I couldn’t stop thinking about these characters, and now I’ll never be able to get a shirtless Bill Kyser out of my head.” –Magan Vernon, bestselling author of The Only Exception
“Amazing! The characters are lovely, but they’re also flawed–that sort of ‘realness’ and honesty breathes life into them and is truly refreshing to come across as a reader. A fantastic story with a unique execution.” –Kristin, Goodreads reviewer
Check out my review of Dragonfly (Dragonfly #1)
“I was sure we could face whatever happened and make it through. My mind was on the future. Us together.”
“Day after Christmas, and it was eighty degrees out.”
My Musings: I really enjoyed Leigh’s first novel in this series, so when I got the blog tour invite for Undertow, I just had to apply. Luckily, the book gods were with me and allowed me to be a part of this tour!
Undertow delves deeper into what exactly happened between Bill Kyser, Meg Kyser, and Alex LaSalle. We really learn more about what went down and the reasons why things turned out the way that they did. It gave us a new perspective to look at in regard to what happened in the present day times.
Anna was the narrator for a bit of the novel. I really liked the way that this book was formatted. It had three major sections, each a telling of what happened from each of Meg’s, Bill’s, and Alex’s points of view. There were holes that were filled by another accounts, resulting in a full story. In between each of these sections, we had Anna, and we saw her reactions to what she learned. And of course we got to see her inner debates about getting together with Julian.
There wasn’t as much Julian as I would have liked in this novel. It was more focused on the past. But there was some! And I lived for those moments. But I talked to Leigh and she said there will be much more of Anna and Julian in the next novel! Squee!
Now for the three journals:
“Billy knew as well as I did that we were perfect for each other. I’m the only girl pretty enough to be the wife of a future leader like him, and I’d be damned if I let him get distracted by college and drift away from me. I was not going to lose my prince charming or my mansion on Hammond Island!”
I didn’t enjoy Meg’s character at all. And of course, her account was first so it made me nervous! But Meg was a shallow and ditsy character. I felt like all of her emotions were fake, and she was really manipulative, and I wasn’t a fan. She was also really whiny. She whined about everything, and it was quite the turn off. I just couldn’t connect with her character at all, no matter how hard I tried. I hate to say it, but I’m glad that she isn’t in the present day world that Anna lives in.
“‘Oh, Miss Stella,’ I whispered, ‘I still need you here, I need you to help me. I’m so lost and alone.’”
“I fought those voices back by telling myself nothing comes without hard work and that this was the hard work that was going to pay off big. Why shouldn’t I be successful? Who else had worked as hard or spent as much time preparing? I had to keep my eyes on the goal and not get distracted.”
I also had some preservations about Bill going into this novel. However, we do get to see why he acts the way he does. The thing about Bill’s story is that I don’t feel as if it was as thorough as the other two. It seemed to only scratch the surface of what would have been going on in Bill’s life at the time. Regardless, we got to see a younger version of Bill Kyser. I can actually sympathize with Bill. He was manipulated multiple times by his wife and he stressed himself so much about his goals. That’s what I loved about his character: his hard work. Bill was a working machine, and it allowed me to relate more to his character than to Meg’s and Lexy’s. Although some may see him as a superficial man who just wanted the prestige and power, I see him as a young man with a goal he was determined to reach. I can’t wait to see more of his present self now that I’ve gotten a glimpse of the younger Bill.
The only thing that I disliked in this novel was the info dumping at the beginning. Although most books that are part of a series have a recap at the beginning, this one felt like a little too much. I covered all of the need to know basics, but it just felt a little too listy. But other than that, it was great!
Undertow was an eye opener into Anna’s world. We really learned a lot more about the mysterious past of Meg, Lexy, and Bill. It was refreshing to read about some new characters, and I cannot wait to see what Leigh cooks up in the next one!
“The characters were intriguing, the mystery and story were interesting, and definitely have ME WANTING MORE!!!!!!!” –Mandy, The Romance Bookie
“Great book to dive into poolside, but I will warn you may get so swept up in it you may end up with some sun burn so I STRONGLY suggest you invest in some sunscreen as well as a copy of Dragonfly.” –Nichole, Book Addicts Not So Anonymous
“Gossip Girl meets VC Andrews in this contemporary family saga. Love, lies, and betrayal become the new normal when Anna enters the world of Jack and Lucy Kyser.” –Magan Vernon, international bestselling author of The Only Exception
Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents.
-That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one.
-Things are not always how they appear.
Three good things I learned this year:
-Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away.
-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one.
-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.
Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy. Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she’d never experienced… Until he mysteriously withdrew. Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins’ distant, single father.
A secret that could permanently change all their lives.