I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Making Waves by Laura Moore
Series: Beach Lane #1
Published by Ballantine on April 25, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A self-made woman with a sweet, successful life discovers that even the best-laid plans are no match for unexpected passion in the beginning of a brand-new series for fans of Julie James and Tracy Brogan.
As the responsible daughter of an irresponsible socialite, Dakota Hale has plenty of practice catering to the whims of the rich and spoiled and she's turned that experience into a thriving concierge business serving the needs of the Hamptons' wealthy elite. But living and working among the upper crust has never tempted Dakota to follow in her mother's jet-setting footsteps. Anytime the drama on land gets too outrageous, Dakota finds calm surfing the Atlantic waves. But when sexy mogul Max Carr hires her, it rocks her balance in a big way.
Max works hard, but he's never had to put any effort into winning over a woman until now. With her stunning beauty and keen intelligence, Dakota is worth the effort. But it is plain she has no interest in a casual fling, and that's all Max with his grief-stricken heart can offer. But one fraught night changes everything, with consequences neither Dakota nor Max anticipated. Now they must navigate the rough waters of society gossip and devastating secrets that threaten their fragile relationship. If they can trust in the strength of their growing feelings, they ll find that the dreams they ve been chasing are close enough to embrace . . . together."
Dakota Hale was born and raised in the Hamptons in New York. Though she’s part of an upper crust family, she’s nothing like her family, making it on her own sans a trust fund. When her concierge service company is hired by Max Carr to service his new home, Dakota’s life takes a turn down a path she never predicted.
This story grabbed me after the first few pages and refused to let go until the end. Dakota is one of the more interesting characters I’ve read in some time. She’s a contradiction, skilled and adept in her professional life and anything but when in the midst of her highly toxic and self absorbed family. On the surface (and to some degree, in reality), Max is rather bloodless and singularly focused on his career as a partner in a private equity firm. Her genuine and warm manner disarms him as the normal world he exists in is shark filled and cutthroat. However, they somehow evoke the best out of each other.
I loved this story which focused primarily on both Dakota and Max’s developing relationship and their individual transformations. It also provides insight into this tony community from the perspective of both ends of the socioeconomic spectrum. There’s a richness to the storytelling and the character development is outstanding, including the secondary ones.
I learned that this is a spinoff of the Miller/Sheppard series but I don’t seem to have missed anything by not having read it first other than knowing some of the secondary characters stories. It’s so very interesting and I was lured solely by the premise of the book. It certainly paid off and I’m definitely continuing the series.