Reviewed by Louisa
TITLE: Dawn Patrol
SERIES: Tidewater #1
AUTHOR: Tami Veldura
PUBLISHER: Oldewolf Alternascents
LENGTH: 38 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 28th 2017
A Tidewater Short Story. Contemporary, Stand alone, HEA.
Elias lives for the waves. He’s been surfing off the Tidewater coast since he could crawl, and the connection he’s forged with the ocean is fundamental. Every morning he shares a ritual swim with the local pod of dolphins. Elias is desperate to find a way to express what the sand and the sea mean to him, and local artist Theo could be just what he needs.
Theo’s art has helped him move mountains. It granted him freedom from abusive family and supports his quiet lifestyle. He’s ready for more. So when muscle-bound Elias commissions him for a mural on his bedroom wall, Theo has more than one reason to take the job. It’s time to reach with his heart, an easy thing when Elias is so eager to share what’s in his.
Water is essential when painting, and color is what brings the ocean to life. Elias and Theo were made for each other. It’s only a matter of time before Tidewater brings them together.
Dawn Patrol is a short story to start off the Tidewater series. It is a standalone story and finish with a nice happy feeling. Elias is a surfer who spends every morning he can surfing with the dolphins. Artist Theo is on the beach one morning drawing and Elias wants him to do a painting for him. The two have a beautiful morning on the water and then the art really starts.
For a very short story, Dawn Patrol has some beautiful imagery. I could feel the art in the writing and the way Elias views Theo’s work. The lines come off the page in several places. And feeling the ocean present throughout the book was a really nice touch for this very beach dominated story.
As you can imagine with 38 pages, there isn’t a lot of depth or background. The story revolves around these two men coming together. The sex scene for me at the end is disjointed and didn’t work. However, the story was worth reading and that made up for the sex scene, in my opinion.
It may be short, but Tami Veldura has given us a good story to jump into her Tidewater series. I look forward to seeing more books set around this beautiful beach.