A Change in Tide (Northern Lights #1) by Freya Barker
What impact would it have when everything suddenly faded to black?
For Mia, a crowded subway ride changes her entire life. Retreating to the wilderness helps her cope with a world that is suddenly too loud, too turbulent.
Her existence safely contained to the small cottage on the lake, she is unprepared for the neighbor that moves across the bay
A career-ending injury has Jared permanently benched. His reputation as The Enforcer won’t survive the unanticipated responsibilities awaiting him.
Away from the public eye, he adjust to his new reality, under the quiet observation of the intriguing hermit on the other side of the water.
I get really excited when I see Freya has a new series out.
My first impression of Jared is that he’s an ass. And not just because Mia gets an eyeful of said ass while he’s fucking some woman on his dock in full view of everyone. Later impressions certainly aren’t any better. It just goes to show you, you probably shouldn’t jump to conclusions and make hasty judgments, because, honestly he was a great guy. He’s had some huge and unexpected changes in his life that he’s still learning to deal with. He’s injured and can no longer play hockey professionally. And he has just recently become the safe haven for his pregnant sister. He’s dealing with some shit… I find I can forgive him a few bad decisions.
Mia’s life is definitely not roses and rainbows. There’s a reason she’s secluded herself out in the middle of nowhere and the last thing she wants to do is deal with the new resident playboy. Her frequent panic attacks and semi-agoraphobia make it tough for her to want anything to do with anyone so I wasn’t sure how Barker was going to connect her to Jared. I shouldn’t have worried, she set it up perfectly. It was cool to see that what Jared and his sister needed from Mia was exactly what Mia needed to give them to feel like her life still had some meaning and gave her some fulfillment in a way.
What I liked the most about this book was that Mia’s and Jared’s problems weren’t magically fixed by them finding each other. Their issues can’t be fixed. They can be worked on. They can learn to deal with the aftereffects of doubt and anxiety. They can work on helping each other cope. But they don’t actually fix them. It was an HEA without oversimplification or unrealistic expectations. And I appreciated that.