Series: Pastime Pursuits #1
Published by Self Published on December 11, 2014
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance
Can a compass lead you to love?
Broken-hearted Ally Couper has had enough with her ridiculous life. Her job at the bank is going nowhere, and her love life might as well be non-existent.
Determined to try something new, Ally becomes absorbed in the world of geocaching. The high-tech driven scavenger hunt introduces her to Seth, and she realizes the game isn’t the only thrilling part.
Ally’s bad luck may finally be changing, until the past threatens to halt her future with Seth. Can they find happiness together, or is love the one cache Ally can’t find?
I finished reading CACHING IN a few nights ago and have been struggling with this post/review. But not for the reason you probably thing. All good. Before I get into that….GO BUY THIS BOOK NOW!!! Then come back for my review. 🙂
You bought it, right?? No? Why not? Just listen to me for once. You did now? Promise? Fine. I believe you.
Now. The reason for this post. My review. During the first beta read, I fell in love with Ally and Seth. Together and individually. Tracy asked a few questions to garner thoughts about her beta draft. The second question was “What do you like and dislike about Ally and Seth?” My response was this (modified to eliminate spoilers):
I almost felt like I WAS Ally. So many things that you wrote sounded just like me. Thoughts, actions, even some events. It was verrrry eerie. I actually put a note in the PDF file (one of four) asking if we knew each other. I loved that she wouldn’t stand for the bullshit. I hated that she jumped to conclusions so many times. I think the only reason I hated it was because it’s another thing that reminded me of myself. Don’t change this though. I just despise the fact that at 33, I still jump to conclusions in my life and start to overreact. One way I wish I was more like Ally was in the beginning when she decided she had to prove she wasn’t a chicken. I’ve got to be tough when I’m with my band boys (the whole only girl in the group thing) but I would still chicken out when it came to that.
From the beginning, I liked Seth. I loved his instant attraction and Ally’s disbelief that he wanted to go on a date is exactly how I would have reacted. He seemed so sweet and I could tell that what he was hiding wasn’t something that would hurt Ally in the end. He seemed very genuine and if I ever decide to date again, I hope it would be with someone like him. Even with the surprise first date event. Ugh. The poor thing made me want to cry for him. I loved that he knew he wasn’t strong enough to tell Ally his painful secret but found the courage to allow her to attempt to figure it out. I’m glad he didn’t give up on Ally. I could feel the connection and was a little mad that she walked away and wasn’t going to give him much space to explain.
The beauty of being a beta reader, aside from reading a book long before it’s published, is seeing how the story changes based on new ideas. Tracy made a few major changes that gave me all the feels and reach for the tissues.
Tracy did not disappoint with CACHING IN. Ally makes me want to get out and try new things (geocaching, anyone wanna go with me? Mom? Dad? Boys, can we do this on our next road trip??). To expand my knowledge and also become a bit more active (said as I sit in front of my computer typing this, ha!). She shows that it’s ok to not fall for the same crap that you did in the past. To learn from your mistakes and take action so that you don’t slip back into your old ways. That letting someone in even if you think you’re not ready isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
And Seth. *sigh* If I meet a man like him, there’s a good chance I’ll consider dating again. (Mom, fam and friends, this is NOT a hint.) He’s sweet and sincere and tall and patient and just…yes. That’s all I can say without doing the whole spoiler thing. Yes.
Again…grab a box of tissues because you’ll definitely need them. There are a few scenes where the tears were soaking my shirt. I’ve read this story twice (beta and ARC copies) and even knew some of the scenes were coming and STILL cried. To me, that’s a frickin amazing writer. I can NOT wait to see what Tracy has in store for us next! Well done, my friend!!!! <3
We’ve got an all-day Facebook party TODAY (Dec 11) to celebrate the launch of this amazing book. Feel free to stop by and say hi to one or all of the amazing authors and check out the fun posts and giveaways! I’ll be taking over at 7pm central time. I’ve got some fun questions to get us chatting and who knows what kind of crazy comments I’ll make. I’ll be toasting Tracy with a glass (or two) of my favorite wine. 🙂