Series: Dragonfly #1
Publisher: Self Published on June 6, 2013
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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.
“I studied his face and considered for a few seconds how much of a mistake it would be to take his hand and venture out into the swirling water. Letting him teach me to ride the waves that were growing in height, following him into the currents most people feared. I was a pretty good swimmer, and I trusted Julian.”
Favorite Character: Julian. He’s sweet.
“The first time I saw the Gulf of Mexico I didn’t believe it was real.
My Musings: This is actually the second time that I have read this novel. Just like the first time, I loved it. Leigh T Moore is a very talented writer, and also an overall sweet lady. She’s enthusiastic in what she does, and that really shines through in her writing.
Dragonfly is actually the first book that Leigh ever wrote. It follows Anna as she struggles through her senior year in high school. It’s her first year since moving to Fairview that she has had no one. Her best friend, Gabi, moved to Key West. Anna soon finds herself torn between two boys—the ever elusive and rich Jack Kyser, and the sweet, artistic Julian LaSalle. After Anna gets a newspaper internship, she begins to delve into what exactly happened twenty-ish years ago when Bill Kyser built up Hammond Island. Anna quickly finds herself with knowledge of a secret that could destroy her friendship with Julian.
“‘That’d be great!’ My voice sounded squeaky to me, so I cleared my throat. He was just so confident and rich and gorgeous.”
If I’m going to be completely honest, Anna was not my favorite character. She was beautifully written, of course, but I just couldn’t relate to her. Her thoughts and narration were shallow in my eyes, and her actions were the source of my annoyance quite a few times. Regardless, she did have a lot of layers, and her interactions with people were deeper than her outward personality. I’m hoping that in Undertow, we see less of the shallow Anna that was present around Jack and more of the deeper Anna that we saw when she was with Julian.
I did not like Jack Kyser. He was elusive and I felt as if, for the most part, he was just using Anna. I just really couldn’t sense any real feelings for her on his part. The hold that he had over her was not fun to read. She acted like he hung the moon, and completely overlooked how much of a jerk that he was. He’d do something wrong and come running back, and she would just accept it. However, it was interesting to see her finally build up a wall against him.
“Alone again, I was so anxious. I didn’t want to think about anything except Jack and why he wasn’t calling and what I could do about it. What if he’d decided I was too inexperienced? What if he just didn’t need any more trouble?”
As stated above, I absolutely hated Jack and Anna’s relationship. It was unhealthy. Anna needed him and his approval like she needed oxygen to breathe. I know it was her first real love or whatever, but it was disturbing to read. The amount of time it took for her to build resistance to him was heartbreaking in itself. It made Anna’s character come off as extremely desperate for almost the entire novel.
“‘This might be the time to make that extra piece of jewelry. You want a ring or something?’ ‘I thought you needed everything for your portfolio?’ He reached for me. ‘You can loan it to me when I go for my interview, and I’ll bring it back to you. I promise.’”
On the other hand, I loved Julian. Julian was real. He had a fantastic personality, and he is someone that I would love to know in real life. He had a passion for what he did, and he was good at it. He was laid back and easy going. He was persistent and flirty. He was just an overall good guy that I could not imagine using Anna. I cannot wait to see more of him in Undertow.
This story also had a mystery element to it. How were Julian’s mom, Bill Kyser, and Bill Kyser’s wife connected? What really happened all those years ago? Why were the Kyser twins kicked out of their private school? This novel had so many questions, and I loved that aspect. It was fun to guess about things, and then see it all pan out. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the mystery unravels in Undertow.
Leigh T Moore is definitely a favorite of mine, and Dragonfly definitely did not disappoint. This novel is a must for anyone looking for a fun, beachy read. Filled with first loves, dramatic pasts, and mystery, Dragonfly is a definite must buy! And with the sequel not too far off, you won’t even have to wait for what I’m sure will be a wonderful new installment!