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Undertow [PDF / Epub] ☆ Undertow By Elizabeth ORoark – Thomashillier.co.uk Maura Pierce seems to have everything – a bright future a trust fund and a boyfriend who can’t wait to settle down It almost seems like enough until Nate Sullivan comes home Nate – her childhood Maura Pierce seems to have everything – a bright future a trust fund and a boyfriend who can’t wait to settle down It almost seems like enough until Nate Sullivan comes home Nate – her childhood best friend her first love The boy who left without a trace one night and broke her heart When their attraction threatens the future she and her parents have so carefully crafted loyalties will be tested and secrets will be uncovered Giving in may cost her everything But how do you resist the only thing you’ve ever really wanted.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 254 pages
  • Undertow
  • Elizabeth ORoark
  • English
  • 08 August 2014

About the Author: Elizabeth ORoark

Elizabeth O’Roark lives in Washington DC with her children After many years spent writing scintillating brochures about amniocentesis and heart surgery she is thrilled to have found a job that allows her to just make s up.



10 thoughts on “Undertow

  1. Lady Vigilante (Feifei) Lady Vigilante (Feifei) says:

    3 starsI guess I’m in the minority with my thoughts and feelings about this book Second chance love stories have always been my downfall I love them I crave them I need them in my reading lists to maintain some form of sanity I was intrigued by the book cover and blurb so I immediately jumped at the chance to read this book To say I was disappointed in the characters and story plot would be an understatement The book is about 22 year old Maura who has the “perfect” life sweet boyfriend nice trust fund and a bright future as a lawyer Though she hides it well she is still heartbroken and emotionally stunted after her first love Nate ups and leaves her with a heartbreaking letter as his only notice I usually love these kinds of plots But for reasons listed below the story didn’t work for me I will say though the author has a fantastic writing style I could really tell Maura was cut deeply by her failed relationship with Nate “There are literally a thousand words in the English language that destroy me Innocent words common words – ocean canoe fort UVA beach baseball virginity If I could remove them all from the dictionary I would I wonder how long it will take before every single reminder of him doesn’t blow through me like some kind of natural disaster taking away every vestige of happiness I was feeling the second before?”This book starts strong I appreciated the past present POVs that shed some light on Nate and Maura’s uniue relationship The bad turning point for me was around 41% where it became okay for your married brother to screw around with your friend when you JUST realized your family was a controlling freakhouse and when your hometown is the modernized version of the 1800s where arranged marriages and rich trumps poor events happen I get that the setting the plot played an important role in this book and it worked for many readers out there but for me it was a jumbled mess Too much ‘look but don’t touch’ resulting in cheating betrayal and a case of ‘who can one up each other’s jealousy’ sex scenes Still I would have rated this book higher but one tiny detail made me bump it down to 3 I absolutely despised Maura She is the ultimate anti heroine I’ve read about At first I could sympathize with her situation stuck between sweet boyfriend and old love shouldering her family’s expectations She soon lost whatever backbone she had and my respect for her withered STOP HERE if you don’t want any plot related spoilers Please keep in mind this is my take on the book events and doesn’t reflect the general consensusScenario 1 Nate and Maura resolve their past differences in like 3 pages which isn't ideal but fine; however it’s SO obvious that they still have feelings for each other What do they do? They decide to be FRIENDS that’s what Actually Maura decided that So what happens when she sees Nate out with other girls? She gets all jealous and has fury sex with Ethan And then 200 pages later they’re sadly telling each other they can’t be together What I don’t understand is why? I mean how could they have a chance to be together when Maura NEVER thinks of breaking up with Ethan in the first place? Not until it’s the end of the book??? HUGE communication gaps eeekScenario 2 Maura almost gets raped by Graham a childhood acuaintance And her reaction to it??? Ugh seriously I face palmed Just to be fair let’s let Maura tell the story hmm? “If I’m going to have to go through the rest of my life running into Graham I don’t need everyone in the world knowing it happened And how am I going to explain that you were there to save me? Ethan’s jealous enough as it is”Like whaaaaaaat? Do you see what I mean? Do you see my frustration and problem with this character? Granted it's taken out of context but she almost gets raped and all she cared about at the moment was her image and Ethan’s feelings??? GRRR Honestly Nate was the best character in the book with flawless ualities but even he could not block out my disgust for Maura’s wishy washy personality and weak beliefs There are a lot examples of what I didn’t like especially that messed up family of hers and how she always caves into their demands but that would ruin the entire book so I’m not going to say much about that Overall I tried to enjoy the story I really did I connected with the author’s writing style as you can tell because her words made me experience such rage and frustration but I COULD NOT connect with Maura Too weak Too indecisive Toojust too much to handle Though the ending was supposed to make me shout for joy by that time I just didn’t care what happened to her to cheer I was only concerned about Nate and his poor taste in women Back to what I was saying in the beginning this book just wasn’t for me Copy kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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  3. Ashleyjo Ashleyjo says:

    To be only 253 pages this book took me a while to get through I can only compare it to what I imagine it would be like to swim across a 6x6 hole filled with wet sand I'm a sucker for second chance romance and I'm a sap when it comes to first loves especially when it all involves characters from two different worlds finding a way to overcome the odds So I should love this book sadly I didn't though Here's what's wrong1 Maura She has zero backbone until the very end and even then it's only because someone else Nate is holding her spine upright She is constantly judging other characters and musing at how horrible they are as humans her brother cheating Nate's using women the rich in her community trying to keep the poor segregated and destroy their access to the beach betrayals by various characters etc Yet she herself stoops to use Nate's 'townie' status as an insult She cheats She settles into a relationship of connivence and uses Ethan as a buffer She stands by with knowledge of betrayals and cheating not only not doing anything but remaining friends with the people sleeping with a married man The list goes on but basically she's a hypocrite 2 TOO much Fucking Other Characters There's just too much f'ing of other characters for me to really root for a second chance Misunderstandings and lies of the past are cleared up which should be the moment all f'ing other people is ceased but instead readers still have to read about the MC's screwing other people and even SAYING I LOVE YOU TO SOMEONE ASIDE from who we are supposed to be rooting for here Not cool 3 Poor Writing Habits I hate when an author uses 'I saw xyz emotions cross his face but didn't know what it meant' blah blah It's a cop out to CONSTANTLY do that Use f'ing dialogue actions etc to CONVEY what the character is feeling thinking Reading all these various looks and her uizzical analysis of them grew very tiresome 4 The Monotony It becomes monotonous and slow slow slow slow slow to basically repeat the same exact scenes over and over she ponders life she goes to a bar she sees Nate she gets pissed he is w someone else she screws her bf she goes to bed she ponders life she has some type of encounter with Nate she goes to the bar she's pissed he is there with someone else she screw her boyfriend On and on this pinwheel goes occasionally throwing out some random tidbit of info or circumstance that will progress a HEA 5 Nate Nate never fights for her To be this all consuming love he basically just stands there while he waits to see how the fuck the book will end lol 6 A Lot Of Info That's Not Relevant Ethan's sister for example what did her scenes add to the story? Nothing It tells me nothing about any of the MC's doesn't pertain to any plot or subplot points etc Its useless info and screen time The Good ? About all I can say is I did appreciate the smooth way the author switched from present to past in the initial chapters The twists weren't shocking by any means but they were done well enough to add a little suspense here and there at the end Conclusion A shit load wrong and not much at all to redeem it

  4. Nerea Nieto Nerea Nieto says:

    I can't even start to express how much I loved this book My latest reads didn't catch my attention I had little time to read on the subway mostly so I had like two hours a day if most to read but with the rest I had no intention on keep reading I had so much stuff to do With Undertow it was totally different I HAD TO KEEP READING It was impossible to turn it downAnd how could I? Elizabeth writes WONDERFULY Bravo I can only say that Her writing is appealing and you suddenly connect with Maura the protagonist and the rest of charactersI didn't have a crush on Nate but he was definitely the guy for her I loved this couple I really loved the first half of the book when the flashbacks of their old times together appear It was a great way of creating mistery about their relationship why did they break up if they were meant for each other? In the second half of the book the flashbacks disappear and we only live the present when we'll finally find out why and so many other things And I really believe that once you've found that person he says turning from Brian to lock his gaze onto me fierce and unapologetic then no matter how many times you've separated you'll find each other again and againHighly recommended It is a light read but so deep and well written Go and read it NOW Don't you want to know that there is one person in the world who knows exactly who and what you are and loves you because of it and in spite of it? he asks Don't you want to know that there's someone who will fix you when you're broken?

  5. Sbell Sbell says:

    1 HUGE EYEROLL STARThe only thing I liked about thisbook was our hero Nate He didnot deserve Maura and all her hotmessThe uestion that burns my mindthe entire time I am reading this bookis Does Maura have a golden vagina?Seriously every man in this book wanted her Wanted to be with heror marry her one even attemptedraping her Maura had the personalityof a baked potato She was boringNever standing up for herself orfor Nate Always following what otherswanted her to do how others wantedher to live and all the while makingexcuses for her silly behavior in hermind She spent 98% of the book in a woe is me vegetated state seeminglyto want Nate But I didn't believethis How can Maura supposedlypine for her great love Nate whenshe is screwing Ethan? She is a couple with Ethan she can't orgasm with Ethan unless shethinks of Nate Who does this?Maura's character is an insult tomy intelligence and the onlyreason I kept reading was thinkingperhaps I missed something? I could not wrap my head aroundwhat Nate could have possibly seenin her She wasn't that friendlysweet giving towards him Andwhen her and Nate both realize that their breakup was due to family influence you would thinkMaura would run to the greatlove of her life yeah? Well nonot our heroine our heroine runsoff to Paris with Ethan becausethat is what her family would wantProceeds to have sex with him for2 days straight and justifies thisin her head with this is whather family wantsI could go on but I won't I hatewasting my time on books like thiswhere I am supposed to root for mycouple but I can't see past the poorlywritten heroine Nate deserved betterthan thisI deserved better than thisHaving ranted I see this book has tonsand tons of 5 star reviews so go anddecide for yourself Good luck

  6. Katie Katie says:

    I LOVE this book I am now strugglng through work today because I sat up all night to finish it If you love books by Tammara Webber Samantha Young Jessica Sorensen etc this is one for you I really liked Maura the main character and obviously LOVED her former boyfriend NATE Nate and Maura meet again when Maura returns to the beach town where she spent her summers as a child Maura is being crushed by the life and expectations put upon her by her parents As you get glimpses of her past you begin to understand why she was never able to get over Nate and longs for a life she does not think is possible I got completely sucked in

  7. Gitte TotallyBookedBlog Gitte TotallyBookedBlog says:

    Jointly reviewed on I did enjoy Undertow and I loved the back and forth pastpresent flashbacks telling the story of the lost love between Nate and MauraThis was a story of second chances and finding your way back to the one person who held your heart took care of your heart and then destroyed it It is of lies deception and healing and it was a very well told story with just the right amount of all the elements we love in a romance story What did you think G?Gitte I enjoyed this story it was sweet and romantic with a great dose of angst It was beautifully written and as you know I’m a sucker for a second chance romance I thought the flashbacks were flawlessly written and what we learnt broke my heart I swooned and then my heart broke Great storyline‘In that moment I wanted our old friendship back But I wanted so much too Instead all summer I had nothing at all’ – MauraJenny Nate and Maura were childhood friends with Nate being slightly older than Maura and seeing her as a little sister that is until she grows up and their friendship blossoms into something These two were soul mates Destined to be together until the night Nate leaves and breaks Maura’s heart Just what it was that drove Nate away is told through flashbacks and present meetings?Maura has never recovered from the love nor the hurt Nate caused her She’s tried to move on in the five years since she’s seen him with no successAfter five years she begins a relationship with another childhood friend Ethan which appears to be something of substance But is it? For me G there was only one man here and that was Nate He was divine and I was hanging on to find out what transpired between him and Maura to drive him away were you?Maura and Nate’s story was well told and and it broke my heart when past indifference’s came to light Whilst I enjoyed it unfortunately Undertow didn’t give me that gripping wow feeling but it did keep me invested to the end I absolutely adored Nate though I have to admit I became frustrated with Maura a few times I couldn’t understand her thought processes at times and I really felt for Nate in all this Undertow was a sweet and sad story about miscommunication deceit and finding your way to that one person who will always own your heart‘What I see when I look at him is inexplicably pain A mirror of my own’ – MauraJust as the story felt like it was dragging we were treated to and epilogue that was a real winner for and one that left me feeling satisfied What about you G? How much did you love that epi?Gitte The epilogue was brilliant it pulled me right back in and it salvaged a lot of frustration for me Because oh Jenny Maura drove me nuts and I have to say she’s one of the reasons I just couldn’t mark this story higher Unfortunately her character grated on me through most of the story She was a pushover a hypocrite a whiner and the fact that she went along with behaviour she knew to be wrong wellI just didn’t get her at all“What is with you people? You’d think you were in the Mafia the way you all cling together” – NateSaying that I did feel really sorry for her over the angsty and emotional miscommunication‘We have both changed but in this moment that doesn’t matter to me at all I want to step back toward him into him and forget that five years have passed’ – MauraThe other issue I had was the fact that it took so long before anything was resolved It started to drag then suddenly everything happened and became really rushed Good thing the epilogue rocked because it totally did Overall I enjoyed this story and I loved Nate and in the end I guess Maura too went uite a way in redeeming herself“Don’t you want to know there is one person in the world who knows exactly who and what you are and loves you because of it and in spite of it? ”Don’t you want to know that there’s someone who will fix you when you’re broken” – Nate Jenny 35 StarsGitte 35 StarsARC Supplied by Author in exchange for an honest review

  8. Bookphenomena (Micky) Bookphenomena (Micky) says:

    I really enjoyed this book I couldn't put it down This is the story of two best friends who spend every summer together at a beach house Nate and Maura Maura is the rich girl and Nate is the son of the paid help As they get to their teens it becomes clear that there are than platonic feelings between them They love one another across a couple of summers but it wasn't to be The main narrative finds Maura coupled with someone else as she returns for the summer Life has gone very differently than either of them planned or hoped A great read

  9. Wolfie Wolfie says:

    Actually45 stars It lost half a star for a tiny detail that I'm sure many people would've even blink atview spoiler When Maura and Nate had sex for the first time Maura finds out that Nate has been with other women But Earlier in the story Nate got MAD that Maura kissed other men That just broke my heart when Maura found out that he didn't stay faithful I mean come on they WERE in a relationship Not an ideal one but one nonetheless hide spoiler

  10. Jenny - TotallybookedBlog Jenny - TotallybookedBlog says:

    35 Stars Jenny I did enjoy Undertow and I loved the back and forth pastpresent flashbacks telling the story of the lost love between Nate and MauraThis was a story of second chances and finding your way back to the one person who held your heart took care of your heart and then destroyed it It is of lies deception and healing and it was a very well told story with just the right amount of all the elements we love in a romance story What did you think G? Gitte I enjoyed this story it was sweet and romantic with a great dose of angst It was beautifully written and as you know I’m a sucker for a second chance romance I thought the flashbacks were flawlessly written and what we learnt broke my heart I swooned and then my heart broke Great storyline ‘In that moment I wanted our old friendship back But I wanted so much too Instead all summer I had nothing at all’ – MauraJenny Nate and Maura were childhood friends with Nate being slightly older than Maura and seeing her as a little sister that is until she grows up and their friendship blossoms into something These two were soul mates Destined to be together until the night Nate leaves and breaks Maura’s heart Just what it was that drove Nate away is told through flashbacks and present meetings?Maura has never recovered from the love nor the hurt Nate caused her She’s tried to move on in the five years since she’s seen him with no successAfter five years she begins a relationship with another childhood friend Ethan which appears to be something of substance But is it? For me G there was only one man here and that was Nate He was divine and I was hanging on to find out what transpired between him and Maura to drive him away were you?Maura and Nate’s story was well told and and it broke my heart when past indifference’s came to light Whilst I enjoyed it unfortunately Undertow didn’t give me that gripping wow feeling but it did keep me invested to the end I absolutely adored Nate though I have to admit I became frustrated with Maura a few times I couldn’t understand her thought processes at times and I really felt for Nate in all this Undertow was a sweet and sad story about miscommunication deceit and finding your way to that one person who will always own your heart ‘What I see when I look at him is inexplicably pain A mirror of my own’ – MauraJust as the story felt like it was dragging we were treated to and epilogue that was a real winner for and one that left me feeling satisfied What about you G? How much did you love that epi?Gitte The epilogue was brilliant it pulled me right back in and it salvaged a lot of frustration for me Because oh Jenny Maura drove me nuts and I have to say she’s one of the reasons I just couldn’t mark this story higher Unfortunately her character grated on me through most of the story She was a pushover a hypocrite a whiner and the fact that she went along with behaviour she knew to be wrong wellI just didn’t get her at all “What is with you people? You’d think you were in the Mafia the way you all cling together” – NateSaying that I did feel really sorry for her over the angsty and emotional miscommunication ‘We have both changed but in this moment that doesn’t matter to me at all I want to step back toward him into him and forget that five years have passed’ – MauraThe other issue I had was the fact that it took so long before anything was resolved It started to drag then suddenly everything happened and became really rushed Good thing the epilogue rocked because it totally did Overall I enjoyed this story and I loved Nate and in the end I guess Maura too went uite a way in redeeming herself “Don’t you want to know there is one person in the world who knows exactly who and what you are and loves you because of it and in spite of it? ”Don’t you want to know that there’s someone who will fix you when you’re broken” – Nate ARC supplied by author in exchange for an honest review

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