“I didn’t realize how fucked up we both were until we found each other.”
Most men tend to say what they think not what they feel. It’s difficult for them to acknowledge their emotions and express them. Henry is not most men, and in Connected by the Tide we read about his story and are first hand witnesses to his distress and coping mechanisms regarding his unrequited love towards Sydney.
In his attempt to heal his broken heart, he meets the attractive and easy going Ren (Renee) whose openness allows Henry to be honest and communicative about himself, his heartache and even going as far as to tell her about his family, which he hadn’t been willing to tell Sydney about. Their relationship morphs from unhurried to passionate pretty quickly but they also reach a level of profoundness that leads to mutual trust, shared healing and love.
There were a couple of times I wanted to slap some sense into Ren for her lack of communication but luckily Henry did it for me, go Henry!
I enjoyed reading the introductions to family and the recurring friend scenes, the sexy-hot moments between Henry and Ren, and the bonus Sydney+Coen scene at the end. But I think what I liked the most, second to the main story, were those references to the penguins, they were just too funny.
”You should be more scared of the penguins. Everyone thinks they are the cutest things in the world, but those birds are assholes.”
So if you’re curious about them, Henry and Ren that is not just the penguins, and are looking for a sexy and sweet (swexy? Still working that term) romance, be aware that this is not a standalone book and is better enjoyed and appreciated after reading the previous books in the series.