Soaring (Magdalene, #2) by Kristen Ashley

Tuesday, July 19
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

American heiress Amelia Hathaway needs to start anew. Her husband cheated on her, and when everything she wanted in life slipped through her fingers, she fell apart. When she did, she took another heart wrenching hit as she lost the respect of her children. When her ex took her family from California to live in the small town of Magdalene in Maine, Amelia decided it was time to sort herself out. In order to do that and win her children back, she moves to Cliff Blue, an architectural masterpiece on the rocky coast of Magdalene. Her boxes aren’t even unpacked when she meets Mickey Donovan, a man who lives across the street, a man so beautiful Amelia takes one look at Mickey and knows she wants everything from him. The problem is, she finds out swiftly that he’s friendly, he’s kind, but he doesn’t want everything back. Amelia struggles to right past wrongs in her life at the same time find out who she wants to be. She also struggles with her attraction to the handsome firefighter who lives across the street. But Amelia will face a surprise when her friendly neighbor becomes not-so-friendly. As Amelia and Mickey go head to head, Amelia must focus on winning back the hearts of her children. She soon discovers she also must focus on winning the heart of a handsome firefighter who understands down to his soul the beautiful heiress who lives across the street is used to a life he cannot provide.

Torn between a 3 and a 3.5...

What I loved:
- The fact that the characters were older. Older than me, and possibly a bit too much so, but I'm not a fan of reading about college or high school student romance so I liked this.
- It seemed real. They had to make their relationship work around everything else they (specifically Mickey) had going on.
- I liked their dialogue. I liked that Amelia was eloquent and spoke her mind, and didn't throw too many tantrums. Having said this, I will be discussing this in What I didn't love.
- I liked that Amelia was generous, and put time into the old people, the fundraisers, and charity.
- Aisling. She was adorable.

What I didn’t love:
- Amelia throwing tantrums, and Mickey pandering to her and encouraging it because it turned him on. What?? He has 2 kids, and tantrums from a grown woman turn him on. That's just bizarre.
- Amelia's kids. They went from calling her a whackjob and not making eye-contact, to The Brady Bunch in 0.5 seconds.
- The longwinded descriptions of every piece of furniture, every room, the view, the house layout, the damned front door. I get that this could be like house porn for many readers, but it just didn't interest me.
- Why are all the females in this series wearing satin nighties with 'oyster lace'? And how did this little town have a Sephora, but only one beauty salon? And since Amelia was 'old money'... why did she keep referring to herself as 'filthy rich' and 'loaded'? Old money, from what I've read and absolutely not from experience, seem to be a bit classier about how they discuss their personal financial situation, don't they?
- Also, did anyone else notice that Mickey and Amelia had sex in the same place as Jake and Josie after the fight? Considering that Mickey made a play for Josie in book 1, and was there when everyone apparently heard Jake and Josie going at it in the changing room, this seemed a bit like Mickey was accepting 2nd best... to me.

It was a reasonable read, but there were too many 'huh?' moments for me so I couldn't really sink in and enjoy it. Resorted to skimming once Amelia's teens turned into Stepford wives.


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