Tuesday, October 17, 2017

In Over Our Heads by CJane Elliott

Anthony Vallen is the life of any party. Full of energy and fun, Anthony adores romance and enjoys playing matchmaker for his friends while dancing the night away with a series of Mr. Right Nows. But he’s given up on his own happy ending. A bad breakup years ago made him a secret cynic about love… until he runs into Walter Elkins—the boy who broke his teenaged heart—on a scuba-diving vacation in Key West. Suddenly, Anthony’s reasons for shunning romance no longer hold much water. Being with Walter again forces Anthony to get serious—about himself, his worth, and his heart’s desires.

Brilliant and self-contained, scientist Walter Elkins prefers deep thoughts to other people. He’s a good boss and a model citizen, but Walter doesn’t let anyone get close. After a tragedy drove him out of his science career, Walter landed in Key West and became owner of a dive shop and a bar. Things are fine until Anthony Vallen—the only person who ever penetrated his defenses—shows up, and Walter’s calm, controlled life capsizes. He and Anthony have a second chance for love, but Walter must confront the old fears that threaten to torpedo their happiness.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

A second chance romance in set in beautiful Key West should have been the perfect story for me – but this one didn’t quite work.

I’m not sure whether Anthony or Walter annoyed me more, but I really didn’t warm to either of the leading men in this romance. Anthony’s sassy, camp persona felt overdone and he came across as more than a bit superficial. Walter’s whole life story is a plot device and I was seriously tired with his hang-ups by the halfway point.

This is a sequel and I didn’t read the first book – but I don’t think I missed anything pertinent to this story. The pacing in this story annoyed me. Anthony’s scuba lessons seemed to last forever (but a hurricane is skimmed through and quickly recovered from). There is very little sex and very little romance here. Anthony’s and Walter’s romance is told in memories and then rebuilt in both characters’ heads – but not necessarily together or with any actual communication.

And the ending – I kept waiting for it. And waiting. And the angst just dragged on and on. Ultimately, this wasn’t the right book for me. I didn’t like the characters and I couldn’t engage with their issues. I’m sure there are readers who will love this and I’d encourage others to make up their own minds.

After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJANE ELLIOTT finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending.

CJane is an ardent supporter of LGBTQ equality and is particularly fond of coming-out stories. In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her husband and son support her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop.

CJane is the author of the award-winning Serpentine Series, New Adult contemporary novels set at the University of Virginia. Serpentine Walls was a 2014 Rainbow Awards finalist, Aidan’s Journey was a 2015 EPIC Awards finalist, and Sex, Love, and Videogames won first place in the New Adult category in the 2016 Swirl Awards and first place in Contemporary Fiction in the 2017 EPIC eBook Awards.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of In Over Our Heads (Stories from the Shore #2) by CJane Elliott to read and review.


  1. No I usually spent my holidays with family so I didn't meet up with any friends etc.

  2. Never had a HS sweetheart and haven't run into my college bf on vacation either.

  3. Since I have no high school sweetheart, the answer will be no :p

  4. Since I don't have a HS sweetheart, that would be a no. Also, I don't really go on vacation.

  5. I ran into a middle school sweetheart once. It was weird, especially when he tried to pick me up. Haven't run into my high school sweetheart...thankfully.

  6. No, I haven't run into a former sweetheart, thank goodness.

  7. No, I haven't and I can't imagine what I would do if I did.


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