July 1, 2016
Put It Out There (Britannia Beach 1)
by D.R. Graham
Derian suddenly wishes the boy next door would see her as more than just a kid sister type. She tries to be everything she thinks he’s looking for— bolder, more experienced – but is that who she wants to be?
With the fate of her family’s historic inn on the line and Trevor making life more complicated by the day, Derian struggles to manage her unexpected feelings, and deal with a past she’s not quite ready to leave behind.
"4.5 STARS!!" By Terrill Rosado 1 year ago
Note: This story doesn't necessarily end on a cliffhanger, but does end without closure to certain aspects within the main characters' life. The next two books in the series are already released.
Put it Out There is written from Derian's POV. She is returning to Britannia Beach a year after her father's car accident and subsequent death to stay with her grandfather at the inn he runs. This is where she spent most of her childhood years along with one of her best friends and boy next door, Trevor.
At first, the story read like a day-to-day diary of her life and relationships which I was concerned that I wouldn't care for. I needn't have worried, though, because as the number of acquaintances and friends were introduced, I was becoming more and more invested in her life and situational outcomes. The main one being her relationship with Trevor. Although frustrating at times, I have to say I was most invested in their story and longed for a HEA between the two. I loved how the author wrote their friendship and the possibility of more. They definitely had the most swoon-worthy moments. Two additional love interests are thrown into the mix to further complicate and confuse Derian's teen-addled mind - Steven, a familiar friend and the mysterious new boy, Mason. There are a couple of suspicious hints that point to a bigger story when it comes to Mason's presence in Derian's life. It definitely had my curiosity piqued. I also can't neglect her best girlfriend, Sophie, as she was often the comic relief with her tough and sassy exterior.
All of these intersecting relationships make for a consuming read that once I started, I couldn't stop reading until the ending forced me to. I most assuredly will be continuing on in this series. One aspect of this story that I kind of glossed over was Derian's premonition gift. Although significant to Derian's character, its contribution to the overall story is not any more significant than any other facet to the book. It will be interesting to see if it plays a bigger role in future books, because I kind of prefer to see it as just like any other quirk to her character.
Fun fact - the series takes place in BC, Canada and I live 5 minutes from the BC border in Washington State, so I was familiar with the locations mentioned around Vancouver. I also lived in Quebec, Canada for five years, which made it fun to read some of the familiar Canadian colloquialisms that I haven't used or heard for years.