September 9, 2013

{ blog tour + giveaway } Hydraulic Level Five by Sarah Latchaw

Title:   Hydraulic Level Five
Author:  Sarah Latchaw
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date:  September 3, 2013
Publisher:  Omnific Publishing
Cover Designed By:  Amy Brokaw / Micha Stone
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.


How does a woman get over her one great love? With whitewater rafting, bluegrass, and a touch of revenge…

Kaye is an extreme sports addict with a kind heart and an axe to grind with her childhood sweetheart and ex-husband, renowned writer Samuel Caulfield Cabral. While Samuel enjoys a celebrity life in New York, Kaye remains in their hometown of Lyons, Colorado, running her PR agency and chatting daily with Samuel’s family, the beloved Cabrals—first-generation Mexican-Americans who have embraced Kaye as their own.

But when Samuel returns for his sister’s wedding with his new love interest, stunning editor Caroline Ortega , the gloves are stripped off. Kaye is determined to unearth the reasons behind the death of their marriage and why two people who lived to love each other were driven apart.

She discovers startling revelations about Samuel, about life…and about herself.


OK ... wow. Where do I even begin?!

Normally, I would go in and sum up what the story is about, but I think the synopsis does a pretty good job, right? I mean, that's what they're there for. Anywho, this story sure did a number on me, my heart was hurting throughout the entire book. Gosh, I felt like I was with them every step of the way, that's how in tune with them, you will be.

You go throughout the story constantly asking questions of "what happened between Kaye and Samuel?", you're just so eager to know! And when they start opening up and sharing, you quickly think, why was I so eager to know the truth ... I got to that point, where I just didn't want to hear more because it was just so painful to hear. It hurt people, felt it all the way deep in my heart like it was my own story (FYI, it's not like my story at all, I'm happily married to the love of my life). I should have cried during this, I wanted too, but I think I'm incapable of crying at the moment, even my sappy romance movies can't make me cry. And I usually cry .. all the time! I'll be honest, there were so many times, when I wish they'd give in and be together again, but as the story goes on and you get deeper into Kaye and Samuel's mind, you're OK with the pace that they're going. They both have a lot of issues to work through and what they need more than anything, is baby steps.

Besides the hurt, there is plenty of humor to go around! Sarah, thank you so much for adding that humor, I know we tweeted (@RomnceSchmomnce) back and forth, a little bit, yesterday. And what you said was so true, "can't write straight angst without humor. too depressing". If you didn't add the humor factor, I think I would have been a wreck. My roommate asked what I was reading, I mentioned the book and said it was pretty sad, she quickly walked away and says, "Don't tell me more, I can't hear about it at the moment". (Hind story, both of our significant others are deployed, so emotions are at an ultimate high ... therefore, I'm surprised I didn't cry ... haha!)

I haven't read a book like this and it wasn't what I was expecting. Even though the main characters are divorced, I did the quick assumption of them eventually get back together and HEA! Doesn't quite work out that way, BUT it's not like they didn't get their HEA; I think I'll call it progress. They take great strides to work on their relationship and hopefully get back to where they use to be or maybe find mutual grounds. Deep in my mind, of course, I have my hopes of the way it should end, but authors have been surprising me lately.

So, what's to love about this? EVERYTHING ... Kaye & Samuel, andy their family! You'll love them, they're pretty hilarious too, but there will also be some people, you won't like at all. I won't name names, you'll have to find out for yourself. And the way the story was formatted, it was interesting and it worked! I actually do have some questions for you, Sarah, but I think I'll do that in an email.

I'm terribly sorry, if this review was all over the place, but this book definitely goes into "My Favorites of 2013". Just so you know, their story isn't over ... we'll have to wait until the next book to see what happens.

MY RATING ( check out Review Rating Scale )

Meet the Author

Sarah Latchaw was raised in eastern Iowa and appreciates beauty in mud-splattered gravel roads, weathered farm faces, and combine harvesters powering through cornfields. She also loves to explore the world, thanks to countless family minivan trips across the States to coastal cities and national monuments. This passion for finding stories led to college adventures to Israel and Palestine, Jordan, Slovakia, Germany, and other European countries. Each place’s story rests in the back of her mind and in her childhood photo albums.

In 2002, Sarah received her BA from Wartburg College in public relations and media, and entered the workforce, ready to climb the ladder. However, when researching MBA applications evoked feelings of dread, she realized a corporate marketing career wasn’t for her. With the unfailing support of her loving husband, she chose to pursue a career in freelance and creative writing, and received her MA from Iowa State University in 2009.

These days, Sarah wakes every morning thrilled to cuddle her small children, show them the world, then capture that world and shape it into stories on paper. She also enjoys her piano, volunteering in her community, and reading anything with a cohesive plot. She and her family reside in Des Moines, Iowa.

Tour-Wide Giveaway (US Only)

$25 Omnific gift card, Five (5) signed, paperback copies of Hydraulic Level Five, Ten (10) eco-friendly Duck Duck Farms totes containing signed books, music, and other Colorado-centric items.

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