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Maura Pierce seems to have everything – a bright future, a trust fund and a boyfriend who can’t wait to settle down. It almost seems like enough until Nate Sullivan comes home. Nate – her childhood best friend, her first love. The boy who left without a trace one night and broke her heart. When their attraction threatens the future she and her parents have so carefully craMaura Pierce seems to have everything – a bright future, a trust fund and a boyfriend who can’t wait to settle down. It almost seems like enough until Nate Sullivan comes home. Nate – her childhood best friend, her first love. The boy who left without a trace one night and broke her heart. When their attraction threatens the future she and her parents have so carefully crafted, loyalties will be tested and secrets will be uncovered. Giving in may cost her everything. But how do you resist the only thing you’ve ever really wanted?...

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  • SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
    2019-05-05 05:44

    FREE on Amazon US today (10/1/2016)Stand-alone.BLURB:Maura Pierce seems to have everything – a bright future, a trust fund and a boyfriend who can’t wait to settle down. It almost seems like enough until Nate Sullivan comes home. Nate – her childhood best friend, her first love. The boy who left without a trace one night and broke her heart. When their attraction threatens the future she and her parents have so carefully crafted, loyalties will be tested and secrets will be uncovered. Giving in may cost her everything. But how do you resist the only thing you’ve ever really wanted?FREE: https://www.amazon.com/Undertow-Eliza...FREEBIES are often good for MORE than one day, I have gathered all my FREEBIES on a special shelf: Kindle-freebies (currently over 500 books)https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...

  • Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
    2019-05-09 08:52

    3 stars!I guess I’m in the minority with my thoughts and feelings about this book. Second chance love stories have always been my downfall. I love them, I crave them, I need them in my reading lists to maintain some form of sanity. I was intrigued by the book cover and blurb so I immediately jumped at the chance to read this book. To say I was disappointed in the characters and story plot would be an understatement. The book is about 22 year old Maura who has the “perfect” life: sweet boyfriend, nice trust fund, and a bright future as a lawyer. Though she hides it well, she is still heartbroken and emotionally stunted after her first love, Nate, ups and leaves her with a heartbreaking letter as his only notice. I usually love these kinds of plots! But for reasons listed below, the story didn’t work for me. I will say, though, the author has a fantastic writing style! I could really tell Maura was cut deeply by her failed relationship with Nate.“There are literally a thousand words in the English language that destroy me. Innocent words, common words – ocean, canoe, fort, UVA, beach, baseball, virginity. If I could remove them all from the dictionary I would. I wonder how long it will take before every single reminder of him doesn’t blow through me like some kind of natural disaster, taking away every vestige of happiness I was feeling the second before?”This book starts strong. I appreciated the past-present POVs that shed some light on Nate and Maura’s unique relationship. The (bad) turning point for me was around 41% where it became okay for your married brother to screw around with your friend, when you JUST realized your family was a controlling freakhouse, and when your hometown is the modernized version of the 1800s, where arranged marriages and rich-trumps-poor events happen. I get that the setting, the plot played an important role in this book, and it worked for many readers out there, but for me, it was a jumbled mess. Too much ‘look-but-don’t-touch,’ resulting in cheating, betrayal, and a case of ‘who can one-up each other’s jealousy’ sex scenes. Still, I would have rated this book higher, but one tiny detail made me bump it down to 3. I absolutely despised Maura. She is the ultimate anti-heroine I’ve read about. At first, I could sympathize with her situation, stuck between sweet boyfriend and old love, shouldering her family’s expectations. She soon lost whatever backbone she had and my respect for her withered. STOP HERE if you don’t want any plot-related spoilers. Please keep in mind this is my take on the book events and doesn’t reflect the general consensus.Scenario 1: Nate and Maura resolve their past differences in, like, 3 pages, which isn't ideal but fine; however it’s SO obvious that they still have feelings for each other. What do they do? They decide to be FRIENDS, that’s what. Actually Maura decided that. So what happens when she sees Nate out with other girls? She gets all jealous and has fury sex with Ethan. And then 200 pages later, they’re sadly telling each other they can’t be together. What I don’t understand is why? I mean, how could they have a chance to be together when Maura NEVER thinks of breaking up with Ethan in the first place? Not until it’s the end of the book???!!! HUGE communication gaps, eeek!Scenario 2: Maura almost gets raped by Graham, a childhood acquaintance. And her reaction to it???!!! Ugh, seriously, I face-palmed. Just to be fair, let’s let Maura tell the story, hmm?“If I’m going to have to go through the rest of my life running into Graham I don’t need everyone in the world knowing it happened. And how am I going to explain that you were there to save me? Ethan’s jealous enough as it is.”Like whaaaaaaat?! Do you see what I mean? Do you see my frustration and problem with this character? Granted, it's taken out of context, but she almost gets raped and all she cared about at the moment was her image and Ethan’s feelings???!!! GRRR. Honestly, Nate was the best character in the book, with flawless qualities, but even he could not block out my disgust for Maura’s wishy-washy personality and weak beliefs. There are a lot more examples of what I didn’t like, especially that messed up family of hers, and how she always caves into their demands but that would ruin the entire book so I’m not going to say much about that. Overall, I tried to enjoy the story. I really did. I connected with the author’s writing style, as you can tell because her words made me experience such rage and frustration, but I COULD NOT connect with Maura. Too weak. Too indecisive. Too...just too much to handle. Though the ending was supposed to make me shout for joy, by that time I just didn’t care what happened to her to cheer. I was only concerned about Nate and his poor taste in women. Back to what I was saying in the beginning, this book just wasn’t for me. Copy kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Ashleyjo
    2019-05-05 05:01

    To be only 253 pages, this book took me a while to get through... I can only compare it to what I imagine it would be like to swim across a 6x6 hole filled with wet sand. I'm a sucker for second chance romance, and I'm a sap when it comes to first loves, especially when it all involves characters from two different worlds finding a way to overcome the odds. So I should lovethis book~ sadly, I didn't, though. Here's what's wrong....1. Maura. She has zero backbone until the very end, and even then it's only because someone else (Nate) is holding her spine upright. She is constantly judging other characters and musing at how horrible they are as humans - her brother cheating, Nate's using women, the rich in her community trying to keep the poor segregated and destroy their access to the beach, betrayals by various characters, etc. Yet, she herself stoops to use Nate's 'townie' status as an insult. She cheats. She settles into a relationship of connivence and uses Ethan as a buffer. She stands by with knowledge of betrayals and cheating, not only not doing anything, but remaining friends with the people sleeping with a married man. The list goes on, but basically she's a hypocrite. 2. TOO much Fucking Other Characters There's just too much f'ing of other characters for me to really root for a second chance. Misunderstandings and lies of the past are cleared up, which should be the moment all f'ing other people is ceased, but instead readers still have to read about the MC's screwing other people and even SAYING I LOVE YOU TO SOMEONE ASIDE from who we are supposed to be rooting for here. Not cool! 3. Poor Writing HabitsI hate when an author uses 'I saw x,y,z emotions cross his face, but didn't know what it meant' blah blah. It's a cop out to CONSTANTLY do that. Use f'ing dialogue, actions, etc to CONVEY what the character is feeling & thinking. Reading all these various looks and her quizzical analysis of them grew very tiresome. 4. The Monotony It becomes monotonous and slow slow slow slow slow to basically repeat the same exact scenes over and over she ponders life, she goes to a bar, she sees Nate, she gets pissed he is w someone else, she screws her bf, she goes to bed, she ponders life, she has some type of encounter with Nate, she goes to the bar, she's pissed he is there with someone else, she screw her boyfriend, .... On and on this pinwheel goes, occasionally throwing out some random tidbit of info or circumstance that will progress a HEA. 5. Nate. Nate never fights for her. To be this all-consuming love, he basically just stands there while he waits to see how the fuck the book will end lol. 6. A Lot Of Info That's Not Relevant Ethan's sister, for example, what did her scenes add to the story? Nothing. It tells me nothing about any of the MC's, doesn't pertain to any plot or subplot points, etc. Its useless info and screen time. The Good ? About all I can say is... I did appreciate the smooth way the author switched from present to past in the initial chapters. The twists weren't shocking by any means, but they were done well enough to add a little suspense here and there at the end. ConclusionA shit load wrong and not much at all to redeem it.

  • Nerea Nieto
    2019-05-16 07:57

    I can't even start to express how much I loved this book. My latest reads didn't catch my attention, I had little time to read (on the subway mostly), so I had like two hours a day (if most) to read, but with the rest I had no intention on keep reading (I had so much stuff to do!). With Undertow it was totally different I HAD TO KEEP READING! It was impossible to turn it down!And how could I? Elizabeth writes WONDERFULY. Bravo! I can only say that! Her writing is appealing and you suddenly connect with Maura, the protagonist and the rest of characters!I didn't have a crush on Nate, but he was definitely the guy for her - I loved this couple! I really loved the first half of the book, when the flashbacks of their old times together appear! It was a great way of creating mistery about their relationship: why did they break up if they were meant for each other? In the second half of the book the flashbacks disappear and we only live the present - when we'll finally find out why and so many other things!"(...) And I really believe that once you've found that person," he says, turning from Brian to lock his gaze onto me, fierce and unapologetic, "then no matter how many times you've separated, you'll find each other again and again."Highly recommended! It is a light read, but so deep and well written! Go and read it NOW!"Don't you want to know that there is one person in the world who knows exactly who and what you are and loves you because of it and in spite of it?" he asks. "Don't you want to know that there's someone who will fix you when you're broken?".

  • Cam
    2019-05-03 03:54

    I almost stopped reading this one about 1/4 of the way through, but I ended up sticking it out. It did get more interesting, especially once most of the secrets came out and the main characters were left to figure out how to deal with the consequences of those revelations.The book's good points are that it was interesting, finally, starting about 25-30% of the way in. I found myself wanting to know if Maura and Nate would ever get a 2nd chance together, and that curiosity drove me to finish the book, despite my general dislike toward both of them. Towards the end, I actually found myself sucked in, staying up way past bedtime to find out how things worked out for everyone. It ended fairly happily and the author wrapped up all the side plots pretty tidily and satisfactorily, in my opinion.Now, the not-so-good points. The characters were very one-dimensional. So much so that I never really came to care for either of the main characters (and disliked the rest). The main characters and all their friends were perfect portrayals of typical Gen-Y-ers: self-centered, casual-sexing, shallow, amoral, binge-drinking, foul-mouthed, entitled. For this reason, they were all a bit repulsive to me.Then there was the editing (or lack thereof). There were a good handful of random extra words that didn't get removed; likewise, there were random missing words. Nothing a skilled reader can't read around, but it's unprofessional and leaves an amateur feel in its wake. Also, there are at least a half-dozen instances of misuse of the word "I" in place of "me". For instance, the author repeatedly used the phrase "Nate (or whatever random person) and I", when the proper use should've been "Nate (or whatever random person) and ME". Example: "It was very awkward for Nate and I." Wrong! Correct use would be "It was very awkward for Nate and ME." I counted quite a few instances of this same misuse, which, despite its common misuse amongst the populace, is inexcusable in professional written work.Granted, I paid nothing for this book, as it was a freebie for Kindle, but that's kind of the point. No one would (or should) want to pay for a book that is full of usage errors and other such mistakes.Overall, it was "okay". The plot itself was interesting, but I would've enjoyed it so much more had the characters been more admirable and likable.

  • Sbell
    2019-05-16 00:58

    1 HUGE EYEROLL STARThe only thing I liked about thisbook was our hero Nate. He didnot deserve Maura and all her hotmess.The question that burns my mindthe entire time I am reading this bookis, Does Maura have a golden vagina?Seriously, every man in this book wanted her. Wanted to be with her,or marry her, one even attemptedraping her. Maura had the personalityof a baked potato. She was boring.Never standing up for herself, orfor Nate. Always following what otherswanted her to do, how others wantedher to live, and all the while makingexcuses for her silly behavior in hermind. She spent 98% of the book in a woe-is-me vegetated state, seeminglyto want Nate. But, I didn't believethis. How can Maura supposedlypine for her great love Nate, whenshe is screwing Ethan? She is a couple with Ethan, she can't orgasm with Ethan unless shethinks of Nate. Who does this?Maura's character is an insult tomy intelligence, and the onlyreason I kept reading was thinkingperhaps I missed something? I could not wrap my head aroundwhat Nate could have possibly seenin her. She wasn't that friendly,sweet, giving towards him. Andwhen her and Nate both realize that their breakup was due to family influence, you would thinkMaura would run to the "greatlove of her life", yeah? Well no,not our heroine, our heroine runsoff to Paris with Ethan, becausethat is what her family would want.Proceeds to have sex with him for2 days straight, and justifies thisin her head with "this is whather family wants".I could go on, but I won't. I hatewasting my time on books like thiswhere I am supposed to root for mycouple, but I can't see past the poorlywritten heroine. Nate deserved betterthan this...I deserved better than this!!Having ranted, I see this book has tonsand tons of 5 star reviews, so go anddecide for yourself! Good luck

  • Katie
    2019-05-01 06:47

    I LOVE this book. I am now strugglng through work today because I sat up all night to finish it. If you love books by Tammara Webber, Samantha Young, Jessica Sorensen, etc. this is one for you! I really liked Maura, the main character, and, obviously, LOVED her former boyfriend NATE. Nate and Maura meet again when Maura returns to the beach town where she spent her summers as a child. Maura is being crushed by the life and expectations put upon her by her parents. As you get glimpses of her past, you begin to understand why she was never able to get over Nate, and longs for a life she does not think is possible. I got completely sucked in. . .

  • Wolfie
    2019-05-05 01:55

    Actually.....4.5 stars. It lost half a star for a tiny detail that I'm sure many people would've even blink at.(view spoiler)[ When Maura and Nate had sex for the first time Maura finds out that Nate has been with other women. But Earlier in the story Nate got MAD that Maura kissed other men. That just broke my heart when Maura found out that he didn't stay faithful. I mean, come on they WERE in a "relationship". Not an ideal one, but one nonetheless. (hide spoiler)]

  • Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
    2019-05-23 00:51

    Jointly reviewed on: http://totallybookedblog.com/2013/10/...Jenny: I did enjoy Undertow and I loved the back and forth, past/present flashbacks telling the story of the lost love between Nate and Maura.This was a story of second chances and finding your way back to the one person who held your heart, took care of your heart and then destroyed it. It is of lies, deception and healing and it was a very well told story with just the right amount of all the elements we love in a romance story. What did you think G?Gitte: I enjoyed this story, it was sweet and romantic with a great dose of angst. It was beautifully written and as you know I’m a sucker for a second chance romance. I thought the flashbacks were flawlessly written and what we learnt broke my heart. I swooned and then my heart broke. Great storyline!‘In that moment, I wanted our old friendship back. But I wanted so much more too. Instead, all summer, I had nothing at all.’ – MauraJenny: Nate and Maura were childhood friends, with Nate being slightly older than Maura and seeing her as a little sister, that is until she grows up and their friendship blossoms into something more. These two were soul mates. Destined to be together until the night Nate leaves and breaks Maura’s heart. Just what it was that drove Nate away is told through flashbacks and present meetings?Maura has never recovered from the love nor the hurt Nate caused her. She’s tried to move on in the five years since she’s seen him with no success.After five years, she begins a relationship with another childhood friend, Ethan which appears to be something of substance. But is it? For me G, there was only one man here and that was Nate. He was divine and I was hanging on to find out what transpired between him and Maura to drive him away, were you?Maura and Nate’s story was well told and and it broke my heart when past indifference’s came to light. Whilst I enjoyed it, unfortunately Undertow didn’t give me that gripping wow feeling but it did keep me invested to the end. I absolutely adored Nate, though I have to admit I became frustrated with Maura a few times. I couldn’t understand her thought processes at times and I really felt for Nate in all this. Undertow was a sweet and sad story about miscommunication, deceit and finding your way to that one person who will always own your heart.‘What I see when I look at him is, inexplicably, pain. A mirror of my own.’ – MauraJust as the story felt like it was dragging we were treated to and epilogue that was a real winner for and one that left me feeling satisfied. What about you G? How much did you love that epi?Gitte: The epilogue was brilliant, it pulled me right back in and it salvaged a lot of frustration for me. Because, oh Jenny, Maura drove me nuts and I have to say she’s one of the reasons I just couldn’t mark this story higher. Unfortunately, her character grated on me through most of the story. She was a pushover, a hypocrite, a whiner and the fact that she went along with behaviour she knew to be wrong well…I just didn’t get her at all.“What is with you people? You’d think you were in the Mafia the way you all cling together.” – NateSaying that, I did feel really sorry for her over the angsty and emotional miscommunication.‘We have both changed, but in this moment that doesn’t matter to me at all I want to step back toward him, into him, and forget that five years have passed.’ – MauraThe other issue I had was the fact that it took so long before anything was resolved. It started to drag, then suddenly everything happened and became really rushed. Good thing the epilogue rocked, because it totally did! Overall, I enjoyed this story and I loved Nate and in the end I guess Maura too went quite a way in redeeming herself.“Don’t you want to know there is one person in the world who knows exactly who and what you are and loves you because of it and in spite of it? …”Don’t you want to know that there’s someone who will fix you when you’re broken.” – NateJenny: 3.5 StarsGitte: 3.5 StarsARC Supplied by Author in exchange for an honest review

  • Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
    2019-04-22 08:47

    3.5 Stars Jenny: I did enjoy Undertow and I loved the back and forth, past/present flashbacks telling the story of the lost love between Nate and Maura.This was a story of second chances and finding your way back to the one person who held your heart, took care of your heart and then destroyed it. It is of lies, deception and healing and it was a very well told story with just the right amount of all the elements we love in a romance story. What did you think G? Gitte: I enjoyed this story, it was sweet and romantic with a great dose of angst. It was beautifully written and as you know I’m a sucker for a second chance romance. I thought the flashbacks were flawlessly written and what we learnt broke my heart. I swooned and then my heart broke. Great storyline!‘In that moment, I wanted our old friendship back. But I wanted so much more too. Instead, all summer, I had nothing at all.’ – MauraJenny: Nate and Maura were childhood friends, with Nate being slightly older than Maura and seeing her as a little sister, that is until she grows up and their friendship blossoms into something more. These two were soul mates. Destined to be together until the night Nate leaves and breaks Maura’s heart. Just what it was that drove Nate away is told through flashbacks and present meetings?Maura has never recovered from the love nor the hurt Nate caused her. She’s tried to move on in the five years since she’s seen him with no success.After five years, she begins a relationship with another childhood friend, Ethan which appears to be something of substance. But is it? For me G, there was only one man here and that was Nate. He was divine and I was hanging on to find out what transpired between him and Maura to drive him away, were you?Maura and Nate’s story was well told and and it broke my heart when past indifference’s came to light. Whilst I enjoyed it, unfortunately Undertow didn’t give me that gripping wow feeling but it did keep me invested to the end. I absolutely adored Nate, though I have to admit I became frustrated with Maura a few times. I couldn’t understand her thought processes at times and I really felt for Nate in all this. Undertow was a sweet and sad story about miscommunication, deceit and finding your way to that one person who will always own your heart.‘What I see when I look at him is, inexplicably, pain. A mirror of my own.’ – MauraJust as the story felt like it was dragging we were treated to and epilogue that was a real winner for and one that left me feeling satisfied. What about you G? How much did you love that epi?Gitte: The epilogue was brilliant, it pulled me right back in and it salvaged a lot of frustration for me. Because, oh Jenny, Maura drove me nuts and I have to say she’s one of the reasons I just couldn’t mark this story higher. Unfortunately, her character grated on me through most of the story. She was a pushover, a hypocrite, a whiner and the fact that she went along with behaviour she knew to be wrong well….I just didn’t get her at all.“What is with you people? You’d think you were in the Mafia the way you all cling together.” – NateSaying that, I did feel really sorry for her over the angsty and emotional miscommunication.‘We have both changed, but in this moment that doesn’t matter to me at all I want to step back toward him, into him, and forget that five years have passed.’ – MauraThe other issue I had was the fact that it took so long before anything was resolved. It started to drag, then suddenly everything happened and became really rushed. Good thing the epilogue rocked, because it totally did! Overall, I enjoyed this story and I loved Nate and in the end I guess Maura too went quite a way in redeeming herself.“Don’t you want to know there is one person in the world who knows exactly who and what you are and loves you because of it and in spite of it? …”Don’t you want to know that there’s someone who will fix you when you’re broken.” – Nate ARC supplied by author in exchange for an honest review

  • Jodi Nichols
    2019-05-18 08:53

    I picked this book up for free and I absolutely loved it! This is one book that will leave me with a hangover! It was just the right amount of emotion as well as hotness to make it amazing! I loved Nate and was very much all for him during this whole story. Maura is just stuck in a lifestyle that she both loves and hates, but cannot bring herself to get out of it all to do what she wants. All of the characters from this story are amazing but I truly love Nate!! Amazi.g story and wish there was more to it after that ending :-)

  • Karen
    2019-05-21 01:58

    Very well written. I was surprised that it was a debut book by this author. I think there is family pressures such as described in this book and class status but being true to yourself is a good lesson.

  • Debi
    2019-05-05 07:47

    boring. repetative. cliche'

  • Laura
    2019-05-19 01:48

    Maura is 22 and just finishing College. She has plans to study Law after the Summer. Just before she finishes College her brother's best friend Ethan pays her a visit and asks her out on a date. She's a little surprised but she says yes and they begin dating. The story is told from Maura's POV. The story flicks between the present and the past as we learn about her first 'true love', Nate. When Maura was young she spent every summer staying at her grandparents home in Paradise Cove. She begins her friendship with Nate when they are very young. Nate is two years older than her but as each summer passes and they become teenagers, their attraction is obvious as is there love for one another. Nate is the son of Maura's grandparents housekeeper. Her Grandfather likes Nate but he does warn Maura to be careful she doesn't get hurt and tells her that her grandmother won't be happy if she ends up with Nate.Something happens and heartache follows. Now it's five years later, Maura is dating Ethan who comes on strong from the get go and hints at marriage. Of course Maura's parents are delighted, it would be a 'marriage made in Heaven'. Maura has very little backbone. Maura's friend is getting married and asks her to come and stay in the Cove for the summer. Maura gives in although things have changed since the death of her grandfather but what Maura didn't realise is that Nate still lives there. Once she sees him again she is surprised that Nate seems angry with her. He was the one who hurt her so why is he angry? Not wishing to give anymore away, a lot of angst ensues and whilst the story is at times predictable, I did enjoy it.Maura continues her relationship with Ethan who doesn't come across as a very nice character. Nate seems to date a different girl each night. They are both jealous. I loved Nate but not sure how I felt about Maura! She definitely needed to grow a backbone but what confused me is her continuing to date Ethan once her and Nate reconnect. There are some very mild sex scenes in this book but nothing to offend and there is some swearing but I would say it is a suitable YA/NA book.This is the authors debut novel. I think she did a good job. I would read more from her.

  • Amanda Grooms
    2019-05-04 04:03

    Another Amazon freebie. ;) I really liked this story, and I enjoyed what it had to offer-- a true love story, where the course of said true love did not run smooth. Not even close. Nate was swoonable from the word go, while Maura had some definite good moments and also some bad ones. I loved seeing the story of how Nate and Maura grew up together, and the stages of their childhood friendship becoming more. I loved Maura's grandfather, especially by the end of the book (spoilers). Maura, and her deluded sense that she "had" to do all this dumb shit (jump whenever her parents said how high, dating some elitist guy her mom knew about and was encouraging from the moment he breathed in her direction-- who she was NOT into, but managed to convince herself by degrees that she was, to the point of almost getting engaged!), excusing random rapey behavior from a friend of her waste-of-life brother, because his dad was a client her dad, blah, blah, blah. No excuse. So yeah, I had some issues with Maura's actions. Like I said, I loved everything about Nate, so he balanced her sometimes-idiocy out. Really good book overall from a new author.

  • Serena
    2019-04-30 05:04

    This brings me back on how family can screw up your life so much, but being the strong people that they are, they get through it.This goes from past to present, but you can’t really tell because it’s kind of incorporated in it, which is fine.Maura thinks back on her childhood, how she’s from a privileged family name and Nate was the son of their servant. Everyone saw him different, but she didn’t. She saw Nate like no one else could, smart, kind, and protects her. Nate saw her as someone different, someone who treats him better than any of the others.I thought I would like Jordan, her brother, but he just pisses me off the further the book goes.I hate her family. Completely opposite of Maura and will do anything to keep them apart.Lies. Deceit. Twists and turns.I liked Ethan for a while there, but… well, you’ll just have to see for yourself.HEA!This gets 4 PIGGIES!

  • Kindling Micky
    2019-04-25 01:00

    I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.5 fantastic stars!I loved this book, I couldn't put it down. This is the story of two best friends who spend every summer together at a beach house, Nate and Maura. Maura is the rich girl and Nate is the son of the paid help. As they get to their teens it becomes clear that there are more than platonic feelings between them. They love one another across a couple of summers, but it wasn't to be. The main narrative finds Maura coupled with someone else as she returns for the summer. Life has gone very differently than either of them planned or hoped. A fantastic read.

  • Shannon
    2019-05-08 08:40

    I loved this book! I thought Nate was amazing. I thought Maura was amazing, I didn't like how much of a push over she could be.The whole break up thing really got on my nerves. I had butterflies while I read this whole book. So much angst!! It was perfect.

  • Brittany
    2019-05-08 07:54

    Read this in a day. It wasn't the worse book ever, but it wasn't a literary miracle. Read if you're looking for something light to entertain you on a sick day in bed.

  • Reza Sharif
    2019-05-15 08:49

    I had a few moments of wanting to shake Maura out of being such a dummy and not just getting with Nate, but overall I really liked this book.

  • Lindsey
    2019-05-12 01:50

    Amazon Freebie 9/19/13

  • Heather in FL
    2019-05-22 09:08

    I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this one. I complain about billionaire stories, and this one was about a girl with a trust fund. Someone who hasn't really had to want for anything in her life. But she does, or at least she did.Maura has lived a seemingly charmed life. Every summer, her parents sent her and her brother to her grandparents' mansion on the coast of North Carolina. Her grandparents' housekeeper, Mary, had a son, Nate, just slightly older than Maura, and they basically grew up together over those summers. They were best friends from very early on, and as they matured, it grew into something much bigger. It was perfect... until it wasn't. Maura skipped going there for five summers, but for the summer before she entered law school, she decided to go back. She's not prepared for a pissed off Nate. But she's now dating Ethan, another boy from those summers, though Ethan was born with the silver spoon Nate wasn't. And their families could not be happier that Maura and Ethan are dating. From the very first date, it seemed the mothers started planning their eventual nuptials. Nuptials that nobody has asked Maura about, just presumed would happen. Nuptials that she thinks need to happen very far in the future, if at all, because she's going to law school and she doesn't plan to get married and have kids instead. She does not want the life her mother has led, even though everyone is pushing her toward it. And even though Nate appears to hate her, and she hates him for what she thinks he did, with so much time together, the truth is bound to come out. And they start to grow closer again. But, as the title implies, she's seemingly caught in a flow that has one eventual outcome. One she definitely doesn't want, but it just seems to be happening with nothing hampering its way.I was so very happy when she finally stood up to her family. (view spoiler)[I was also glad she discovered Ethan played a part because I didn't think he was as spotless as he seemed. He was *way* too pushy! (hide spoiler)] And I was very happy with how the story resolved. My heart was breaking through much of it, watching them grow close and then seeing them torn apart, but then I was very happy with how it finished.

  • Robin
    2019-04-23 08:43

    Curse Language bellowI started reading this book about 12:30 am (you can't blame a girl for having insomnia) and ended up reading till 6:00 am. My plan was to read an hour, at most, and then go to sleep. However, after an hour reading this book, sleep wasn't on my mind at all, only guilt, fully aware that I was going to sleep late that night. And then the night, became an early morning... I don't know what to say about this story. I have so many things that I would like to express, all at once and I'll just going to have to start with a deep breath.The story starts, with a heartbroken heroine. She has been in love, since she was 13 years old, with her best friend, the son of the maid that used to work for her (filthy rich) family. These two, were always inseparable from the moment that he laid eyes on her, he was a goner. At first as friend, then a guy that was in love with a girl. Either way, he always protected her, no matter what. Things happened and were separated. After 5 years, they see each other again and everything has changed.As a person, that has experienced one or two things in life, I have to tell you something. It doesn't matter if you have being hurt by something that doesn't exist, something that lives in your head, a lie, or something completely true. These things can be fixed. You can fix your mindset at some point if you like, you can learn the truth if you have been lied to, you can forgive a true and solid thing that happened. The one thing though, you can't fix, can't take back, or replace, is the hurt you have been through. The changes you have to make, the person you have to become, to numb the part of you that hurts like a bloody bitch. Unfortunately, you can't mend that. Going back isn't an option after a certain point.And this story touched a part of me. I felt for Maura.Bitter, nostalgic and beautiful.That's what this story was.If you would like to read this book, I'll warn you for a couple of things, in case they are not your thing:The first 1/3 of the book, contains some flashbacks. They are not boring, we get to see them as children and teenagers.Then, the heroine and hero, have sex with other people. Especially the hero, at some point, overdoes it. However, it's not cheating at all. They aren't together in any sense. If you can't handle that, then maybe this story isn't for you.Also, there is some cheating but the couple doesn't cheat each other. (It's safe.)The heroine, might come across a pushover to some.Now, with that being said, I would like to explain why not 5 stars.I would have liked for the epilogue to have more details. Also, at some point, the hero pissed me off. (view spoiler)[When the truth was out and started to hang out with the heroine, hoping for more (even though nothing have been said) he was still flirting with other women. However, it doesn't work like that. Maura, was pretty serious about her feelings, she was guarded as fuck, and he thinks it's a good idea to flirt with strangers, while trying to... I don't even know, with the heroine. It's just not the way it works. She was very aware about his man-whore ways, and that was a turn off. I wouldn't, too, consider him as a potential partner. And yes, she was still with her boyfriend, but how should she be sure about his feelings? Your words, needs, wants and actions should match. It's fashionable! (hide spoiler)]Overall, a very good story. I might re-read this after a while. I recommend it!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Hms
    2019-04-28 06:08

    Privilege, old family names and tradition drive this book by EOR. Maura is the beautiful daughter of a wealthy family. She and her brother are sent to an exclusive island off the coast of Charlotte, NC ruled by a handful of multigenerational families who summer there. Maura and Nate, son of the housekeeper, spend their summers together from early childhood through their teens falling in love until one fateful night when it all falls apart. Years later, Maura is guilted into visiting her aging grandmother on the island and imagine her surprise when she learns Nate is living in the carriage house. Maura is forced to grow up quickly once she realizes the people and the microcosm in which she has lived her entire life is nothing like the ugly realities hidden below the pretty surface. Secrets, lies and misunderstandings are abundant but the question is whether they can forgive themselves and each other. Grab your tissues cause it is full o' angst.While some might find this heroine tedious in her naiveté but the fact that she questions and pushes makes her likable to me. Nate, well he is just a hot, heartbroken hero trying to preserve his pride and make sense of his new reality. Did I love them and their story.....

  • 2OCC Reviews
    2019-05-07 00:44

    This is my first book by this author and I really loved the idea of it being a strange friends to lovers and sort of a second chance romance feel. I wasn't she what was going to happen.I really liked Maura. She wasn't like her snooty family and while she didn't use the back bone I felt she had, when she finally stood up for her self I couldn't help but smile. She was funny and down to earth. Nate is amazing! I wish we had gotten into his head with this book, but even with out his POV I still could feel his emotions. He was the boy from the wrong side of the tracks, but he was amazing! I would have went for him in a heart beat.I don't want to say that this is a Romeo and Juliet type romance, but in the forbidden, wrong side of the tracks aspect it was. Things were a little bit predictable, but it was still really enjoyable. Filled with misunderstandings and crazy tension between Nate and Maura, you can't help but root for them to be together. I have to say that while the end felt final, it didn't at the same time to me. Overall, the author did an amazing chance. I wanted to scream and throw my kindle a few times but the story she wrote was beautiful. I can't help but want more! I don't want this to be to be the end of these characters. I feel like It wasn't an ending. It didn't feel final to me. So maybe she will write more, I hope so.. 4 stars #2OCCJD

  • Chanpreet
    2019-05-09 06:46

    4.5 stars!I really enjoyed this second chance, best friends to lovers romance. I couldn't believe how awful Maura Pierce's family was. I mean her grandfather was awesome, but the rest of the family definitely left a bad taste in my mouth. I liked Maura for the most part. It was clear from the beginning she was the rebel in her uptight, well-to-do-family. I really enjoyed the flashbacks from the past coming into the future. They really helped me get a better understanding of all the characters and the events that unfolded. I really liked Nate Sullivan too. The title, Undertow is apt, because there were times I felt like Maura and Nate were being dragged along against their wills and they weren't fighting the forces trying to keep them apart. The chemistry between the two is undeniable though. I would've loved for there to be some more detail in the epilogue, not necessarily regrading Maura and Nate, but about those she left behind and those who had done her wrong. Perhaps Elizabeth O'Roark will revisit the beach and the cast of characters in Undertow, but I can't wait to read more from her, because everything I've read so far is very impressive!

  • Erin McCoy
    2019-05-21 07:05

    Excellent book, wonderful charactersThis is a wonderful book, well-written with richly detailed characters that pull you into the story and hold you there. I enjoyed how the story unfolded with both present and past; it worked very well to keep you engaged with the current timeline while giving you the romantic, and then tragic, backstory. I loved Nate and Maura and the history between them, couldn't stop rooting for their HEA the entire way. It's definitely one of those books that you wish kept going, giving you more about these two amazing, and deserving of happiness, people. I read another of this author's books, Drowning Erin, and it was also an excellent read. I'm excited to read her other books, which I've already downloaded!

  • Lise
    2019-04-24 04:07

    I hated Maura, truly hated her and her "poor little rich girl" attitude. I disliked her so much that I'm mad that this fictitious twat got accepted into law school at the University of Michigan. She sucks, her family sucks and her friends all suck. She decided to let a would-be rapist go because he's a family friend and didn't want to deal with it. Great Maura, just great! Now he's free to harm other women. See what I mean? Maura sucks! Do NOT bother with this book. I mean it, don't waste your time! If you got this in the Beach Bag book bundle just skip to the next story because you don't need this kind of frustration in your life. I would seriously bitch-slap Maura if I could and I kind of want to kick the author in the shin for creating such a POS "heroine" and for wasting my time.

  • Mande
    2019-05-10 03:45

    Maura and Nate have known each other their entire lives and loved each other just as long. Both being from opposite sides of the social hierarchy have divided family and friends. Everything in their lives seems stacked against them making the intense burning love they share forbidden. What do you do when you find out the things you have always believed to be lies? What if those you trusted the most had their hand in destroying what you held most dear to your heart. Can Maura and Nate ever find the way back to one another or will Maura do what is expected of her and marry who everyone thinks she should? I found a great new to me author. Cant wait to read more by her.

  • Jessica Cox
    2019-05-23 05:59

    Having it all doesn't mean everythingI was completely caught up in this undertow. Wow I am so in awe of this Author she had me hooked,and keep dealing me in with this story. This poor couple who have loved each other for so long was put thru the wringer with deceptions, and lies. Maura had it all and still felt empty. When she finally said no to her family, even I felt lighter.Maura grew so much to see her make the choice she made I literally cheered for this women, I was so proud. These two were just meant to be.