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.
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.
About 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.
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MY REVIEW OF HYDRAULIC LEVEL FIVE
The names of the hero and heroine in this book are just about as unique as they can get: Aspen Kaye Trilby and Samuel Caulfield Cabral. These lent a true aura of romance to the story, despite their divorce and seven-year estrangement.
Kaye has used extreme sports as her counseling to get over her ex, while he has hit the big time as an author who enjoys success the likes of which one can only compare to J.K. Rowling or George R.R. Martin. Kaye is a Gringa who has been accepted into Sam’s first-generation Mexican American family in their hometown of Lyons, Colorado, while Sam lives the high life in New York City, dating actresses, models and finally his editor, Caroline Ortega.
When Kaye learns that Samuel is returning for his sister, and her best friend, Danita’s wedding with the gorgeous Caroline on his arm, Kaye is spurred to use this opportunity to figure out once and for all why her marriage failed. There was so much they shared in their youth, yet some very pertinent history was glossed over, or not explained at all and taken completely off the table. Samuel doesn’t share his demons and Kaye doesn’t fight to make him reveal what ultimately destroyed their relationship.
Through a series of flashbacks, most of which are metaphorical in nature and appear in Samuel’s book series, and armed with the assistance of her divorce lawyer, we discover right along with Kaye what really happened. Against the backdrop of Danita and Angel’s wedding, Kaye and Sam find the courage to open up old wounds.
Will the eleventh hour revelations be enough to begin the process of knitting them back together, or will the secrets and betrayals be too severe to revive, at the very least, their friendship? Find out by reading for yourself the startlingly well-written and wonderful Hydraulic Level Five.
Latchaw’s story is not one you can read like it’s fluff or gratuitous entertainment; in fact it reads like literary fiction rather than a romance. The reader really has to dig in and pay attention to the excerpts of Samuel’s books as well as the flashbacks from when Kaye and Sam were younger to piece together just what occurred. There is also a large and lively cast of characters to keep track of. So, my advice would be to read this when you want to sink your teeth into a substantive story.
I give HL5 4 out of 5 stars.