The South Winds Review
Title: The South Winds
Author: Allison Mullinax
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing
Cassie Ray, manager of her family’s successful oyster house, has never asked for much out of life. The sun, surf, and sand are her companions. The regulars and tourists that flock to The Slippery Oyster are her livelihood. But when the Atlantic kicks up a hurricane, sending waves of black water threatening the coast, Cassie quickly learns that the south winds have blown in a lot more than debris and saltwater.
Dean Alexander left Turquoise Isle eight years ago and never looked back. With his sister’s wedding approaching, and a hurricane churning in the Gulf, Dean returns home, where he’s welcomed with a rip tide of memories determined to pull him under.
Will Cassie and Dean make it through the crashing waves of the past? Will they get a second chance before it's too late or will the storm ahead be too much for them to handle?
I always seem to be blown away by how much emotion and detail Mullinax can fit into a story. The South Winds was a short read but it was very sweet and lovely! I read it in a few hours! As always when reading one of Mullinax’s stories I was pulled in from the very beginning. Second chance romances are one of my favorites because of all of the angst and emotion and this one did not disappoint.
Mullinax always has the main focus on the two characters. Yes, there are people in the background but the spotlight is always the romance and the main characters, which I love! I also love the writing style. The one-liners never fail to make me laugh out loud. And Mullinax always finds a way to choke me up!!! It’s not fair how she is able to bring out all the feels so fast!!!
What I really relished about this book was the second chance-ness of it. The way Cassie and Dean had to wade through the mock of their past relationship issues to find their way back to each other. The lesson of learning you can’t focus on the past but have to move forward and think about the future was something I think everyone struggles with. You know when that happens- late at night, while trying to find sleep and your mind attacks you with all the stupid mistakes you’ve made or things you wish you could change? I really liked how Mullinax showed how you have to confront those thoughts head-on and then move past them. The best line to describe this book was “Nothing worth having ever came easy”.
Cassie was such a great character and so was Dean! They were just so likable and relatable. Both of their character arcs were quick but believable. Their back and forth was so funny and relatable. It is so easy to imagine yourself in Cassie and Dean’s position. I know I’ve been walking down the street and have seen and ex and have immediately done a 180- you know you have too! The supporting characters were great as well- Dean’s mom and sister reminded me of my own meddling family.
I did have one problem while reading this book, however. So, the restaurant Cassie owns is called the Slippery Oyster. I knew that, I read those very words, but every time I saw the word ‘slippery’ my mind IMMEDIATELY inputed ‘nipple’ after. So, in my mind Cassie’s restaurant will forever be called Slippery Nipple. It’s just how it will be. I think I need to wash my dirty mind… =)
Overall, this was another AMAZING read and I highly recommend it! Mullinax writes the sweetest books! Every time I finish one it becomes my new favorite. This one did not disappoint- I mean what’s sexier than being trapped by a hurricane with the man you love?