Kaye Trilby and her ex-husband, world-famous author Samuel Cabral, vowed to fight for their rekindled love in rain or shine. They didn’t realize they’d be caught in a deluge so quickly.
A near-fatal skydiving accident shows Kaye how her reckless behavior affects the ones she loves. But while she knows Samuel is afraid to lose her again, she isn’t ready to give up the thrill of the wild backcountry.
Something darker is slipping into Samuel’s mind, though. The specters of his past are re-emerging. His polish is deteriorating, just as all of Hollywood braces for his blockbuster book-to-movie adaptation. When he appears on Kaye’s doorstep late one night in a rumpled tuxedo, erratic and agitated, it seems that romance with her ex might be her biggest leap yet. A string of failed relationships has pushed Samuel to the brink, the fall-out leaving him in a dark place—a place where Kaye is powerless to help him. She is reluctantly drawn back into Samuel’s glittering and backbiting world of celebrity, all the while clinging to the steadfast peaks of home.
Can Kaye risk her heart with Samuel a second time? Will they ever find their blue skies?
When I was given an ARC of Skygods from the publishers, I decided I would reread the first book, Hydraulic Level Five, just because I loved it so much. I thought I would share with you my thoughts on the first book as well.
Samuel Cabral is a highly successful, but tortured author with demons that he just can’t hide from. Not that he’s hiding it all that well from the people who know him. Kaye Trilby is left to deal with questions and misunderstands, wondering where their relationship and marriage went wrong.
Hydraulic Level Five starts in the present, with Kaye as an adult and has excerpts from Samuel’s book that he’s currently working on, Real Water Sirens. It’s a memoir that sheds light on their childhood relationship in such an interesting way. Samuel’s popular and current five book series is being turned into a movie, the last book being released with the first movie premiere.
Kaye lives in Lyons, Colorado, basically living her life to the extreme; extreme sports that is. I don’t want to leave you with the impression that the books are full on angst and sadness. On the contrary, both are extremely funny. Kaye is very smart and witty, and all of her friends, even the ones who are Samuel’s family, support and love her, after their breakup.
Samuel, on the other hand, is living the high life in NYC with movie deals and book signings; supposedly dating movie stars and his literary agent, Caroline Ortega. When their childhood friend, Angel and Samuel’s sister Danita, decide to get married, Kaye will have to face Samuel at the wedding.
Skygods is the continuation of Samuel and Kaye learning to get to know each other again, after being out of each other’s lives for seven years. In fact, Samuel asks Kaye’s PR firm to take over his movie/book promotion schedule, when Kaye doesn’t think that it is good for his mental health.
Can Kaye navigate the NYC/LA scene and not lose herself in the process? Samuel struggles with the pressure, and we see who really wins the fight over their personal life in the spotlight.
I ran a hand along the side of the damp, fungus-covered cave then promptly yanked it back, recalling that I shouldn’t touch the walls. Freud would have a field day with that one.
“I never saw any of them again,” I repeated, “because they weren’t you. You’ve spoiled me for other men, Cabral. And I know, deep down, you’re probably estatic about it.”
His shoulders sagged, the fight leaving him. He flipped off his light so he could talk to me. I did the same, rendering us blind in thick blackness.
“Relieved, yes. Ecstatic, no. All I’ve ever wanted was for you to be happy, Kaye. And if that meant you found your happiness with someone else, so be it. But I don’t think I’d be strong enough to watch it. In fact, I rather want to beat the piss out of them,” he said through gritted teeth.
My heart pounded because his words could have been yanked straight from my brain.
“When you were with Caroline, I told myself I could still be a part of your life. But now I know I could never watch you love someone else. I nearly went crazy.”
I felt Samuel’s ungloved hand slip down my arm, cautiously threading his fingers through mine.
“I told you, Kaye –only you. It wasn’t a promise. It’s reality.”
I nodded, feeling in the maturity of my tired, twenty-seven year old self how far away we’d grown from the innocence of Caulfield and Aspen. “I’m sorry I didn’t wait for you, I said softly. “I just didn’t know.”
“I’m sorry, too. I guess this is yet another consequence of letting you go like I did — knowing that other men have seen your lovely body, and touched you, and had you.”
I shivered, the chill air hitting my spine. “I’m not exactly thrilled about it either. I don’t like to think about the shame I felt when I pretended they were you. And I don’t like three other floozies sharing my memory of your body, or the faces that you make when you’re lost in the moment,” I said plainly, because we deserved the plain truth.
He searched for the right words to give voice to the heavy emotion hanging between us. “Look how we’ve hurt ourselves, Kaye. We’ve both grasped at shards of life, hoping to reclaim some sort of wild elation only to find we cut ourselves a little bit more.” He clutched my hand as we stood and listened to the quiet plops and trickles of water echoing through the cave.
“May I kiss you?” Samual asked.
“No, I’m sulking.”
“Thirty minutes ago, you were convinced that I’d slept with the entire Eastern seaboard,” he gently reminded, his arms encircling me.
“I’m not going to kiss you. I don’t want to tie beautiful things like kissing you to the ugliness of this particular conversation.” But I tugged his coverall strap and pulled him closer anyway, touched my lips to his, and rested my head on his shoulder.
He had the grace to refrain from pointing out that I’d been the one to intiate this talk.
The last book doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, but I do hope that Sarah continues their love story. Both characters grow and learn about the importance of communication and family.
These books taught me about white-water rafting, mountain climbing, skydiving, PR/marketing/publishing in the book world, and mental illness. I loved everything about both books. I adore Sarah’s writing style and think that she has so much to offer in her work. I can’t wait to read what she writes next!!
I give both books 5 amazing stars, and put them on my “books that own me” and “top shelf outstanding reads” shelves on Goodreads.
There are actually two giveaways available!! That’s right. You can comment below for a chance to receive both ebooks and the link to the rafflecopter is here. A winner will be selected using random.org.
Thanks again to Sarah and the publishers for letting me be a part of the book tour!! I’ll contact the winner of the two ebooks on Sunday via email, so you have til then to enter to win. 🙂