Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This is a sweet novella about an established couple, Owen and Sebastian, living and working together in Tasmania for the past 6 years. After an injury leaves Owen, who is 6 years older, with chronic pain, disability, and depression, he starts to doubt his worthiness to be partnered with Sebastian. It is a typical trope: “I’m not good enough for you, so why would you want to be/stay with me?” I usually see it written in the beginning of stories, when it hinders a couple from getting together in the first place. This couple, however, has a very strong foundation, which makes it all that much harder for Sebastian to accept that Owen could possibly doubt his love and faithfulness. And although it is a fairly tired theme, I liked how the author worked it into an established relationship, which actually made it more fresh and certainly more realistic.
With those misunderstandings in place, arguments ensue, and ultimately Sebastian ends up at their island house while Owen stays in their city apartment. Owen has an epiphany about their relationship and wakes up determined to fix everything, and that is when he hears about the impending tsunami – about 75% of the way through the book! Now he just has to get to Sebastian, and he races against the countdown for the wave to impact the island.
The story was predictable, but that did not lessen its sweetness. It is always nice to see a couple facing the ups and downs that come with being together, and finding a way through them. And of course they come through the tsunami closer than ever, as fear and danger make them see that loving each other is the most important thing, and everything else they can work through. I also liked the description of the tsunami itself – not a monster wave crashing to shore, but a deceptively peaceful looking swell of the water that hides its destructive power. If the author hasn’t seen one in person, she certainly did her research well!
The cover art by Kris Jacen is for all the novellas in the series, a picture of that monster wave that looks like something to make surfers salivate rather than devastate a shore, but it is pretty. And very appropriate for the book.
Kindle Edition, 79 pages
Published October 6th 2016 by MLR Press, LLC
Original TitleSebastian & Owen
SeriesStorming Love: Tsunami #3