This box set contains the first three books of the Eastern Shore Swingers series. One of the great things about this author is the inclusion of so many body positive and sex positive aspects into her stories. There are a lot of real-to-life struggles that keep the books relatable and engaging. Even though each story can be read as a standalone, it is great to read them back-to-back and this collection makes that easy. Side note, be sure to read the fourth book, Sailors Knot, when you finish this set! It does not disappoint.
Fisher of Men
One of the things that kept me interested is probably the fact that I can relate to the internal struggle, both regarding faith and the emotional aspect, that Leah goes through as she begins to unravel the structure she has been taught is the truth and proper way of living. It is emotionally strenuous to find out things about yourself that go against what you’ve been taught is proper. Add to that the input of outside sources and you’ve got a recipe for drama and heartache.
The Catch has a different feel than the first book. This story is filled with suspense and a bit of mystery. It also has a different feel in the way the relationship plays out. I enjoyed the development of Paisley’s character and the contrast between the way she shaped herself as an adult and what she dealt with as a child. I also loved that this book is body positive!
What I love about this book is that it shows the range of strength to vulnerability that women can have. It also shows the different ways that we deal with emotional trauma and how that affects our ability to communicate and relate to other people. And, as always, the author has the ability to convey alternative lifestyles with positivity while also showing the concerns associated with it. For instance, in this book one of Jessie’s concerns is being in a relationship with someone who is bi-sexual—the fear that she might not be enough for the other person. A real fear that comes up for many people.
I think my favorite part of the whole story is Sirena’s scene with the sheriff…cracked me the heck up!