The 27 Club was nothing like what I expected from the blurb or the cover. What started off a little mysterious in the beginning and at times had me wondering which way the story was headed, finished with a flawless ending. I didn't want to let these characters go.
This story begs the question - do we have control of our own destiny, or will life end at some predetermined time? Zoey recently lost her 27-year-old brother, Zack, and she fears the same fate awaits her. Death any day, now that she's twenty-seven. Through the generations, several of her family members have also died at the same age, hence The 27 Club.
Zoey heads down to Miami, a few months after her brother dies, hoping to find some sign that he led a happy life there and to get some type of closure. What she doesn't expect to find is someone that changes everything, her brother's best friend, Nate. They have intense chemistry from the start and it awakens something in her. Usually the responsible one, she wants to throw caution out the door and live her life or what little time she might have left, with no regrets.
Nate doesn't do relationships and Zoey's convinced that fate could step in any day, so a summer fling in Miami is all that either of them can commit to. They live in their own bubble of hot sex, tender moments and in a way it's healing for both of them. Zoey starts to realize that it's so much more than just a fling for her, but does Nate feel the same way? Does she even have a future? It's so worth the read to find out.
"I need you next to me when I wake up in the morning and lying beside me when I fall asleep at night. I need you like the air I breathe."
What I love the most about Kim Karr's books are the intense connections she creates between her characters. It's impossible to deny the strong feelings between Zoey and Nate from the moment they meet. Of course, Nate was my favorite part. He was a broody, sexy guy, hiding a huge, but damaged heart. And there were a few times that he let his vulnerability show and it was heart stopping. I just couldn't get enough of him.
"Are you sure you want me?"
There were a few things that felt disjointed and maybe even a little odd along the way, but it didn't change how I felt about the story. I expected some pivotal things to be revealed about her brother and more so about Nate, but that's not what happened. It wasn't about one huge truth being uncovered, it was more little things happening throughout. The story had a different feel to it, and I appreciated that.
*Complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*