His work with patients recovering from traumatic events makes him the perfect person to help his friend, Guy Saint Laurent, with one of his Date Shark appointments. When Vance meets hesitant, frightened Natalie Price, he suspects she’s hiding the truth behind her fears, and he’s drawn in by a need to help her.
Haunted by a terrible event from her past, Natalie can’t even endure being touched without suffering a crippling panic attack…
She doesn’t know why, but Natalie feels Vance might be the only one who can help her put the pieces of her life back together. Despite the tension their arrangement causes with his girlfriend, their bi-weekly sessions seem to be helping…as long as he keeps his promise not to push her to reveal more than she’s ready to share.
Suddenly the tables have turned…
When Vance suffers his own unspeakable tragedy, asking for help is the last thing he wants to do. Drowning in grief and guilt, crushed by betrayal and lies, Vance needs a lifeline.
Natalie has no idea why anyone thinks she can help him, given her own deep-rooted fears—but she knows she has to try.
A twisted notion of justice makes the danger all too real,
and Vance and Natalie realize it might take one broken soul to mend another…
The Only Shark in the Sea is an intense and emotional read, telling us the story of Natalie and Vance.
Natalie can’t stand to be surrounded by people or being touched. She was seeking help from The Date Shark to overcome her biggest fears. She has a troubled and dark past, and the memories of her childhood are still here. She has to move in if she wanted to have a life. Maybe she ran away from her old life, in her small town, where people was afraid of her father, but she’s tough and her will to get better shows us how strong she is.
Vance is hired by his friend, Guy who runs the Shark company. He’s a psychologist. He’s living happily with his high school sweetheart. He got it all, in love and helping people but it was only a surface. Having Nathalie has a patient awaken in him a strong protectiveness and tenderness for a woman he never met.
In her process to heal, Vance is struck by a tragedy and this time, Natalie has to fight for him and to help him.
The author did a good job about the psychology’s side. It was very introspective and well written. Both Nathalie and Vance found happiness with each other. Their relationship was built with trust, it wasn’t insta-love but they were slowly and naturally getting together.
Surprisingly, Nathalie was the one who knew all Vance’s secrets, he was too ashamed about his behavior that he couldn’t talk with his best friends. Through Vance’s recovery, she was healing herself too. I appreciated the reversed situation. They connected in a powerful way, even if they weren’t involved romantically firsthand.
This story was beautifully written, complex with a solid headline, great support characters. It was a challenging and emotional journey about relationships and overcoming obstacles. To be honest, I was sceptical in the beginning about Vance’s life, how everything crushed down and his connection with Natalie, but I learnt to like the MC as the story unfolds. It just took me too long to really enjoy it and to connect with the characters.
*** My rating : ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 💫 ***