Tack & Jibe
by Lilah Suzanne
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Pub Date 21 Jul 2020 | Archive Date 16 Oct 2020
A romantic comedy about the undertow of a carefully curated life.
Raised on a small island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Willa has a picture-perfect nautical life: hanging out at the beach with her friends, living in a cozy seaside cottage, working at a sailing store, and running a hugely popular sailing Instagram. It’s so convincing that her overzealous online followers register her to compete in the High Seas, a televised national sailing championship. Too bad Willa doesn’t actually know how to sail.
Desperate to protect her carefully curated life, Willa tracks down four-time High Seas champion Lane Cordova, and begs her for a crash course in sailing before the race begins. But Lane’s mastery of the water is matched only by Willa’s ineptitude—and her growing crush on Lane isn’t helping matters. When the competition threatens to go awry and take her idealized life with it, Willa has to figure out if she can save her reputation from sinking while taking a chance on love.
Praise for TACK & JIBE:
"This light, beachy novella is a must-read for anyone who enjoys queer romance." —Publishers Weekly
"Sometimes you really can judge a book by its cover. Tack and Jibe is proof of that. Lilah Suzanne delivered just what I expected from the gorgeous pastel cover with paper sailing boats. This is a sweet story of two women learning who they are and finding love along the way. There are plenty of waves in the ocean to keep you turning pages and oodles of seaside charm. This is one of my favorites of the year so far."
—The Lesbian Review
" Tack and Jibe weaves a lovely May/December romance that’s as much about love as it is about rebuilding yourself as an individual. Suzanne deftly examines the pressures that accompany the curation of a perfect self, and the payoff of opening up yourself to vulnerability, compassion, growth, and love." —Jude Sierra, author of Idlewild
Praise for Lilah Suzanne:
* Finalist, 2018 Lambda Literary Awards: Jilted
* Finalist, 2018 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards: Jilted
* “A witty, touching, nuanced—and very sexy—romance.”—Kirkus Reviews: Spotlight Series
* “Suzanne keeps the humor warm and the sex real.”— Publishers Weekly: Spice
* National publicity campaign with a focus on both online and traditional media
* Select author appearances at bookstores, conventions, podcasts, and festivals
* Distribution through IPG
* Publisher promotion at conventions and book festivals
* Cross-promotion with author
* Social networking campaign, including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other platforms
* Traditional and online advertising
Average rating from 51 members
Ugh... I wish I wrote it.
Willa is twenty-two years old girl who lives in one of those islands where everybody knows everybody and there is nothing to do if not being miserable. And she's like this. She lives a simple life with a job, a best friend and a very popular instagram account ( with some partnerships too ). She made herself and by this I mean that she did her best to create a pleasurable and admirable version of herself at other people eyes; because of this she found herself struck in a sailing competition and meeting the cold heart Lane, new in Porter Island, where she does her best to mantain her job in family business and forget her past "mistakes" or what her family made her thinks of.
This is not a book about a love story that develop around a boat race. It's about two sides of the same medals who before being able to love each other they have to learn how to love themselves for who they truly are.
"Tack&Jibe" is a story about find a way to being independent from others expectations.
The realism of this book almost annoys me because I can totally see myself in Willa and where is difficult to me to reflect on Lane it's not to understand her because they're in the same situations: if the first had to wore another skin, the second was forced to wear that by other people projections.
The author send a message really important not only for the youngers out there but also whose are older and think that it's too late to start all over again– stop being scared and go out to explore the world and do whatever you like and however you like!
A deep and healthy message beneath the quick-reading mask and real and loveable characters.
I'm not going to shut up about this book like... ever.
I can count the number of genuine romance novels I’ve read on one hand, (and they were all fantasy) but I was so charmed by the premise that I decided to take a chance and pick this one up, and I'm so glad I did because I absolutely loved it. It had a bunch of my favorite tropes, such as mutual pining, a coastal setting, and age gaps, but my actual favorite part was the richness of the characters and the realistic and mature way Willa and Lane dealt with their relationship problems.
This book was the sweetest! Such a wholesome romance with a lovely setting too. I'd recommend this to anyone who's looking for a lively, hilarious at times romance to get them through the craziness going on in the world right now. Also, the cover's aesthetic is perfect and fits the book's mood so well.
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