Dying to experience life, I cross an ocean to get away from my fears. I find my safe haven in the form of Detective Aiden Holden. He shows me what love is, but then our lives collide. Our little world shatters, and I'm caught in the crossfire.
I'm forced to return home, to let go of the only person who has made me feel like I could be more.
How do you return to a cage once you’ve tasted freedom?
My only hope is that Aiden will cross an ocean for me.
The Ocean Between Us
The Girl In The Closet
All The Wasted Time
The Lies We Tell Ourselves
We Were Lost
The Fire Between Us
I read the original book a few years ago now and although some things seemed similar it was like reading a new book.
The Ocean between us is about a young woman who has suffered abuse for years at the hands of her mother, she has a father who not only is part of law enforcement in town but turns a blind eye to the abuse under his own roof.
With no-one in authority to turn to and having lost all Faith in the police year's ago with her father as an example, Emma flees the country and goes to America to start a new life.
Firstly, in The ocean between us you don't ease into Emma's story, you are thrust right into the thick of it, with the scenes of the verbal and physical abuse by her mother which instantly grabs your attention and immediately softens your heart for Emma, so with Emma's new start and freedom you can't help but champion her on.
Not a bad way to start a book but I think with this type of story I would have preferred a beginning were Emma is desperate to escape, you get a glimpse but not the full thing and the secret of why Emma had to run is drip-fed as the story progresses, this keeps the reader guessing and adds suspense. Also, where was her brother in all this?
Some things I questioned, some things I found hard to imagine and this makes my mind start to wander as I am trying to follow the journey. This sheltered girl who has suffered abuse arrives in a new country, immediately goes to a bar determined to try new things and meets Aiden while in the bar. I understand Emma wants to experience all the things her mother held her back from but begging him for sex? the need to want to lose her virginity with a stranger at first meet? Just some things I couldn't comprehend and I was trying to understand her motives without judging at this point.
That's about it for any negatives or questions I had, a good spin on the story is Emma discovers her potential one night stand is none other than her new roommate who she hasn't met yet at this point. Aiden is a southern man, he's caring and a gentleman and takes care of Emma in her drunken state after tasting alcohol for the first time. Another thing I questioned when she is fleeing an alcoholic mother? Why would she want her first experience of freedom to be alcohol and sex.
All the above is only a few chapters in and like most books I have read by Michelle there's added twists and turns and a touch of dark so the story is so much more than an abused girl seeking freedom.
Aiden is the swoon-worthy hero who from the moment he meets Emma is drawn to her and feels the need to love and protect her.
"The way she looks at me is intoxicating. It makes me feel damn near invincible"
In summary, a good read that I read in one sitting. The plot had some things I would have changed, as book boyfriend's go Aiden was "all that", the sex scenes? as always by Michelle Heard they were sensitive, passionate and well written.
I did enjoy The Ocean between us, it's definitely a page-turner, maybe because it's the second time around I was looking for great but gave it 4 stars.
Told in first person dual pov and leads to heartwarming hea.
Arc gratefully received for review purposes.