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Raised on a small island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Willa has a picture-perfect nautical life: hanging out at the beach with her friends, living in a cozy seaside cottage, working at a sailing store, and running a hugely popular sailing Instagram. It’s so convincing that her overzealous online followers register her to compete in the High Seas, a televised national s Raised on a small island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Willa has a picture-perfect nautical life: hanging out at the beach with her friends, living in a cozy seaside cottage, working at a sailing store, and running a hugely popular sailing Instagram. It’s so convincing that her overzealous online followers register her to compete in the High Seas, a televised national sailing championship. Too bad Willa doesn’t actually know how to sail. Desperate to protect her carefully curated life, Willa tracks down four-time High Seas champion Lane Cordova, and begs her for a crash course in sailing before the race begins. But Lane’s mastery of the water is matched only by Willa’s ineptitude—and her growing crush on Lane isn’t helping matters. When the competition threatens to go awry and take her idealized life with it, Willa has to figure out if she can save her reputation from sinking while taking a chance on love.


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Raised on a small island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Willa has a picture-perfect nautical life: hanging out at the beach with her friends, living in a cozy seaside cottage, working at a sailing store, and running a hugely popular sailing Instagram. It’s so convincing that her overzealous online followers register her to compete in the High Seas, a televised national s Raised on a small island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Willa has a picture-perfect nautical life: hanging out at the beach with her friends, living in a cozy seaside cottage, working at a sailing store, and running a hugely popular sailing Instagram. It’s so convincing that her overzealous online followers register her to compete in the High Seas, a televised national sailing championship. Too bad Willa doesn’t actually know how to sail. Desperate to protect her carefully curated life, Willa tracks down four-time High Seas champion Lane Cordova, and begs her for a crash course in sailing before the race begins. But Lane’s mastery of the water is matched only by Willa’s ineptitude—and her growing crush on Lane isn’t helping matters. When the competition threatens to go awry and take her idealized life with it, Willa has to figure out if she can save her reputation from sinking while taking a chance on love.

30 review for Tack & Jibe

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    This was an average read for me. It read very fast, I finished in one sitting but I had trouble connecting with the plot. It was a little odd since there were parts I liked quite a bit, but there was something off, something I can’t really put my finger on that bothered me some. I think the best way I can explain is that the book made me feel a little uncomfortable. This is an age-gap with a light ice queen character. Willa is 22 and Lane is 36. I actually liked both characters but I found Willa This was an average read for me. It read very fast, I finished in one sitting but I had trouble connecting with the plot. It was a little odd since there were parts I liked quite a bit, but there was something off, something I can’t really put my finger on that bothered me some. I think the best way I can explain is that the book made me feel a little uncomfortable. This is an age-gap with a light ice queen character. Willa is 22 and Lane is 36. I actually liked both characters but I found Willa to feel really immature at times. It’s funny because I enjoy YA books, but the 20-24 age range of characters I find very hard to connect too and they often feel more immature than a 16 year old in a YA fantasy. I just don’t like how that early 20'S age range is normally written. The age-gap didn’t bother me as much as I thought it might, but that was because Lane was very insecure for her age so Willa and her seemed more compatible than I originally expected. The problem was that I don’t know if I they had much sexual chemistry. I thought there was potential between them but I was missing the sparks. While this was a very fast read, the book had some pacing ups and downs. The first half or so went really well with the sailing. Unfortunately, I think that part of the story ended too early. I wanted more lessons together to hopefully help build up that chemistry and I wished there was more of the race. I understand that story choice but I didn’t like it. I was missing the excitement I was hoping for. After that storyline was over, the pace slowed and the second half of the book didn’t feel like it was really going anywhere. It’s not easy to write a review when a book just doesn’t really click but you have trouble explaining exactly why. I do know that I don’t love books that have a major storyline based on a lie. It makes me uncomfortable waiting for the other shoe to drop and I don’t like that feeling. I did like the characters and most of the sailing, but this was just an average read for me. A copy was given to me for a honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Karin A

    I finished this book a week ago, and then the madness started with managing the corona crisis. So tonight I took the time to write a review. Hope you enjoy it. This age-gap book was a fast read. Suzanne's style of writing is a pleasant one and I enjoyed the book a lot. This book is about Willa and Lane, Willa lives a lie and Lane doesn't seem to know how to live. Willa's has a large following on social media, especially Instagram. And her life looks great on social, with her pimped up pictures sh I finished this book a week ago, and then the madness started with managing the corona crisis. So tonight I took the time to write a review. Hope you enjoy it. This age-gap book was a fast read. Suzanne's style of writing is a pleasant one and I enjoyed the book a lot. This book is about Willa and Lane, Willa lives a lie and Lane doesn't seem to know how to live. Willa's has a large following on social media, especially Instagram. And her life looks great on social, with her pimped up pictures she seems to live a jet setter life and loves to sail. Only in real life, she has never sailed. Her roomie Bodhi and her bosses (also Bodhi's moms) she told she can't sail because she has a shoulder injury. That doesn't seem to be a problem until one of her followers enters her into the High Seas, a sailing competition on the island. Insert Lane, an ex-sail champion. She's come back to the island to work in the family realtor business. She loves her job, not! But as I said, she doesn't know how to live and does what is expected from her. After her sailing career, she just doesn't know what to do with her life. When Willa asks her to be her teacher, she's not really enthusiastic but does accept the challenge. While reading I had some mild irritation towards Willa because she seemed to be a notorious liar. And to keep up appearances, she brings herself and others in danger. I constantly was thinking: come clean, just bite the bullet and tell the truth for once. But she seems to dig herself in deeper and deeper. Despite this, I did like her character. You just understand why she does what she does and pity her instead of loathing her. Both Willa and Lane had enough character building in this book. Their behaviour is different but arises from the same problem: insecurity. Both have some sort of messed up family situation that has affected their take on life and the way they present themselves. In the book, their fondness for each other is obvious for the reader, but both of them just don't see it because? Yes, insecurity. So they dance around each other for a while and eventually find each other. The romance did not come alive as much as I had hoped. For me, there should have been more feelings in there. The secondary characters are great. I would love to read about how Bodhi's moms met and also want to read more about Bodhi herself. There are also less desirable characters like Willa's grandparents: awful people. Long story short: I think you will enjoy this story if you like an age gap romance with angst and a realistic happily ever after. It will be a good read in these surreal times where you best act like a hermit and stay at home and don't socialize. Please socially distance yourself, stay healthy, safe and read lots of lesfic.

  3. 5 out of 5

    charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

    On my blog. Rep: bi/pan mc, lesbian li, wlw side characters Galley provided by publisher The vast majority of adult f/f romances I have read have bored me to tears, and that is not the overstatement I wish it was. That was, gladly, anything but the case here. Tack and Jibe is an opposites-attract type romance between Willa, a 22 year old who works in a sailing equipment shop and runs a popular Instagram account, and Lane, a 36 year old ex-competitive sailor who now works as an estate agent in he On my blog. Rep: bi/pan mc, lesbian li, wlw side characters Galley provided by publisher The vast majority of adult f/f romances I have read have bored me to tears, and that is not the overstatement I wish it was. That was, gladly, anything but the case here. Tack and Jibe is an opposites-attract type romance between Willa, a 22 year old who works in a sailing equipment shop and runs a popular Instagram account, and Lane, a 36 year old ex-competitive sailor who now works as an estate agent in her family’s business. (Yeah, I don’t really like the age gap either, but it was at least bearable here.) Willa and Lane get off on the wrong foot, but then they have to work together when Willa needs Lane’s help after she is entered into a sailing competition, never having sailed before. As it’s a romance, things don’t work if you don’t like the characters, so it’s a good thing they were my favourite part of the story. I liked Willa the most, obviously, but I also liked her friend Bodhi and Bodhi’s mums, and the relationship between them – a sort of found family. Which is always a great aspect to have (though part of me wishes it was bigger, sort of. I mean, we’re told Willa lives year round on the island and couchsurfs for the 3 months her grandparents rent out their home, but for someone who must therefore have some friends to do that, she sees remarkably few of them outside their couch.) And her relationship with Lane, although characterised by a few misunderstandings because of a lack of communication (I mean, they do that thing where they each think the other in love with someone else), was pretty cute. There wasn’t even a big blowout breakup to create angst for no reason, which I appreciated. Despite that, however, I did feel like the plot wasn’t paced so well and tailed off towards the end. I think it may have served it better to have had the training and race take up more of the book than they did. That whole storyline was done by the halfway mark and from about 60-65% onwards, the book sort of drifted. It was still cute, but all the impetus of the plot was lost for me. That aside, this was definitely one of the better adult f/f romances I have read (I know, I know, that’s not saying a whole lot), and this is an author I definitely would come back to.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    I read this book in one sitting, and I mostly enjoyed it. I loved the setting, which made it a perfect summer read with its beachiness (even though the book was set in autumn). However, the writing style didn't quite work for me - it was overly descriptive at times, and I'm personally not a fan of third person, present tense. Rep: multi-gender attracted MC, lesbian love interest

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ally

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. A great summer read with a lot of queer rep. The pacing was not great especially towards the end and the romance itself was not much believable to me. But I liked all of the characters and the island and sailing theme was well executed.

  6. 4 out of 5

    jazmin

    I really enjoyed this book! It was a bit slow at some times but for this book that pace worked really well. It took up some important subjects, like for example having less money than your friends, lying/exaggerate on social media to get likes and painting a picture of your life that isn't really true and then "getting stuck" in the lies, feeling like you're never good enough for your parents etc. The book also represented different sexualities and relationships well. The romance was slow burn but I really enjoyed this book! It was a bit slow at some times but for this book that pace worked really well. It took up some important subjects, like for example having less money than your friends, lying/exaggerate on social media to get likes and painting a picture of your life that isn't really true and then "getting stuck" in the lies, feeling like you're never good enough for your parents etc. The book also represented different sexualities and relationships well. The romance was slow burn but it didn't felt boring or too angsty. The big misunderstanding was a bit annoying, because well, communication is a thing haha. But I really liked the characters both in the main relationships and the side characters even if Lane and Bodhi took a little while to grew on me. But pretty fast I started to like them. I also really enjoyed the setting, it was great described and felt as if I was there. The writing in general was great. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to A Novel Take PR!

  7. 4 out of 5

    thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)

    A cute and funny read, I loved this so much. A great story for escaping reality at the moment. Willa and Lane were lovely, relatable characters who it was so easy to connect with, I loved how they communicated and how it was about being yourself and accepting who you are. Just a lovely story and that ending ! Happiness Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kajree Gautom

    I liked this and then I didn't like it that much too. Okay, well 😂🙈 the book started out really well. I loved the writing and the way our MC - Willa - was presented to us. Her problems, her lies, her personality. It was fun and great, although she did sound like a 17 y/o a lot of times, not gonna lie. And I loved how the story flowed. But - it went too fast. I felt like it was so fast paced that we didn't get to see in depth of the characters and didn't really have much time to connect with the I liked this and then I didn't like it that much too. Okay, well 😂🙈 the book started out really well. I loved the writing and the way our MC - Willa - was presented to us. Her problems, her lies, her personality. It was fun and great, although she did sound like a 17 y/o a lot of times, not gonna lie. And I loved how the story flowed. But - it went too fast. I felt like it was so fast paced that we didn't get to see in depth of the characters and didn't really have much time to connect with the others. Although, I did like Bodhi and her mums. Lane was good too but towards the end, she just flips a switch 🌚 Now, I really liked the setting of the story - the blue water and Island and all. And the whole premise of it too. But after like 60% mark, the story kind of falters and deviates from what is actually promised in the blurb. It was kind of weird too at times 😅 The romance was okay, cute and heated at times. I loved the writing style, as I've said, but the pacing was a bit off. Thanks to Netgalley for the e-copy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelsi Reads

    3.5 Stars The best part of this book is the romance and the conflict that brings them together. Willa has built a devoted social media following based on her passion for sailing and her job at a sailing supply store. When a follower signs her up for a sailing race on her island, she panics, because she doesn't actually know how to sail - everything was built on a lie. She enlists the help of a stranger, Lane, a former champion. The slow build of Willa's lie felt so realistic, you could feel how t 3.5 Stars The best part of this book is the romance and the conflict that brings them together. Willa has built a devoted social media following based on her passion for sailing and her job at a sailing supply store. When a follower signs her up for a sailing race on her island, she panics, because she doesn't actually know how to sail - everything was built on a lie. She enlists the help of a stranger, Lane, a former champion. The slow build of Willa's lie felt so realistic, you could feel how trapped she felt by all the little lies she told that built on each other. Lane's character felt genuine as well, she's a woman in her 30's that has spent much of her life conforming to her family's expectations and is finally, slowly, figuring out what she wants. The romance gets off to a slow start with several misunderstandings that get in the way. This is an age gap romance (22 and 36 I believe), but there is no other power dynamic issue at play so it rang sweet rather than icky. Though they are different ages, due to their circumstances they are going through parallel struggles with questioning their goals and life purpose. The two are not great communicators at first but their conversations feel genuine and they empathize with each others problems, and the growth of their relationship felt genuine. I also enjoyed Willa's relationship and minor conflicts with her friend and roommate, Bodhi, as well as Bodhi's moms who have taken Willa in as a daughter figure. Their concern for each other and Willa's fear of disappointing them rang true. My biggest issue with this book is the pacing. The main conflict of the sailing training and boat race are resolved around 50%, leaving the last half of the book feeling pretty aimless. A few events could have been rearranged to allow that plot to take up more of the book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    After reading the short description about this one, I decided to take a chance to see what this one was about. Willa has been lying to her employer and friends for years to fit in. All thing come to a head when she is entered into a sailing contest. The problem is she doesn't know how to sail. In comes Lane Cordova. She is a former sailing champion and has moved back to town. Gabi asks Lane to help her and Lane reluctantly agrees. Things go south from here. I am actually struggling to really expr After reading the short description about this one, I decided to take a chance to see what this one was about. Willa has been lying to her employer and friends for years to fit in. All thing come to a head when she is entered into a sailing contest. The problem is she doesn't know how to sail. In comes Lane Cordova. She is a former sailing champion and has moved back to town. Gabi asks Lane to help her and Lane reluctantly agrees. Things go south from here. I am actually struggling to really express how I feel about Tack & Jibe. I think it could have been so much more if Willa wasn't so immature. Sure she has been living on her own and taking care of herself but her age really shows her maturity level. Lane on the other hand is older and mature but she is obviously attracted to women but has never had that experience. I understand attraction by looks, but I would not have pictured these two together because there really wasn't much else there. Over I didn't struggle to get through it but just didn't connect to the story like I had hoped. 3 stars. This ARC was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Giulia Colma

    I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! I loved this book so much!! Willa's story is so important in the era of social media, where we all try to perfectly curate our life and make it seems so perfect from the outside. I love her character so much, her spontaneity but also her seriousness when the situation requires it. I can say the same thing about Lane, how many times did I change myself just to please my loved ones. I believe there's a bit of Willa and Lane in every I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! I loved this book so much!! Willa's story is so important in the era of social media, where we all try to perfectly curate our life and make it seems so perfect from the outside. I love her character so much, her spontaneity but also her seriousness when the situation requires it. I can say the same thing about Lane, how many times did I change myself just to please my loved ones. I believe there's a bit of Willa and Lane in every one of us. The only thing I didn't really like was the age gap, I mean 14 years is a lot, but Lilah Suzanne did an excellent job at depicting it, not making it too heavy but at the same time not hiding it completely. The scenario was lovely, I would totally love to live on a small island, going to the beach every day on a skateboard - if only I knew how to skate - The writing style was fluid and compelling and the comic scenes were really well done. The ending left me feeling all warm and fuzzy and that's my favorite kind of ending. Happy ending or death!! Thanks again to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this marvelous book early!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)

    (3.5 stars) I didn't love this the way I loved Lilah Suzanne's other book, Jilted, but it's good. And it's chock full of queer characters: a bisexual main character, lesbian love interest, her fluid best friend and best friend's love interest, best friend's two moms, probably more that I've forgotten... It definitely has some commonalities with Jilted. The main character has really deep-seated flaws—not just problems in her life that she needs to overcome, or a supposed character flaw that's only (3.5 stars) I didn't love this the way I loved Lilah Suzanne's other book, Jilted, but it's good. And it's chock full of queer characters: a bisexual main character, lesbian love interest, her fluid best friend and best friend's love interest, best friend's two moms, probably more that I've forgotten... It definitely has some commonalities with Jilted. The main character has really deep-seated flaws—not just problems in her life that she needs to overcome, or a supposed character flaw that's only there to keep the romance from progressing too fast. She's a impulsive and a liar and incredibly insecure, and it's not easy for her to start changing that! And also like Jilted, this book doesn't just stop once the book's premise has played itself out. The central conceit, that Willa has lied about knowing how to sail and needs to learn how (from Lane) before the race begins, is only half the book. The author never leaves it there, their books always deal with the fall out, the aftermath, the ripple effect, because in these books, that's where the real changes for the characters happen. In some ways, it makes the structure of the book weird to me. What would have been the ultimate climax in another book is, in this one, just a particularly intense scene 2/3 through, and the rest of the story unspools loosely: more important, but less interesting. It may be more realistic that the aftermath is kinda slow and meandering, but it's unusual for a book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kinsey

    What a sweet and thrilling ride! Tack and Jibe focuses on the developing relationship between Willa - a free spirited internet influencer - and Lane, a competitive sailor cum real estate agent. When Willa gets in over her head regarding a sailing competition, she turns to Lane to teach her in an effort to win and not have her lies be discovered. I must admit that I was rooting for these two from the very first moment that they met, and I was not disappointed! I loved their developing relations What a sweet and thrilling ride! Tack and Jibe focuses on the developing relationship between Willa - a free spirited internet influencer - and Lane, a competitive sailor cum real estate agent. When Willa gets in over her head regarding a sailing competition, she turns to Lane to teach her in an effort to win and not have her lies be discovered. I must admit that I was rooting for these two from the very first moment that they met, and I was not disappointed! I loved their developing relationship and the angst and...well...all of it. This is such a feel good beach read, but with a happily ever after ending that will stick with me for a while yet. Thank you to Netgalley for providing an advanced copy in exchange for an honest opinion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristel

    *arc from Netgalley* This was a fast read, made me want to go to the beach to have a picnic watching the sunset. Sounds beautiful. Sadly the book to me was a bit all over the place. According to the blurb we were getting a book about a sailing competition and how the mc was going to have a crush on her trainer. We got a teeny tiny bit with that and the rest was everything else. There were many tiny time jumps, then things happened fast, then a bit of misunderstandings, then the book was over. While *arc from Netgalley* This was a fast read, made me want to go to the beach to have a picnic watching the sunset. Sounds beautiful. Sadly the book to me was a bit all over the place. According to the blurb we were getting a book about a sailing competition and how the mc was going to have a crush on her trainer. We got a teeny tiny bit with that and the rest was everything else. There were many tiny time jumps, then things happened fast, then a bit of misunderstandings, then the book was over. While it wasn't bad bad, I wanted more.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eliza

    dnf @ 20% there is simply too much actual sailing content for me to be able to get into it which is unfortunate, it's cute and well written and we love an enemies to lovers but i just dont know what a boat is

  16. 4 out of 5

    𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐯𝐲

    I GOT AN ARC FROM NETGALLEY AND INTERLUDE PRESS, WHICH I DEEPLY THANK, IN EXCHANGE OF MY HONEST REVIEW. Ugh... I wish I wrote it. Willa is twenty-two years old girl who lives in one of those islands where everybody knows everybody and there is nothing to do if not being miserable. And she's like this. She lives a simple life with a job, a best friend and a very popular instagram account ( with some partnerships too ). She made herself and by this I mean that she did her best to create a pleasurabl I GOT AN ARC FROM NETGALLEY AND INTERLUDE PRESS, WHICH I DEEPLY THANK, IN EXCHANGE OF MY HONEST REVIEW. Ugh... I wish I wrote it. Willa is twenty-two years old girl who lives in one of those islands where everybody knows everybody and there is nothing to do if not being miserable. And she's like this. She lives a simple life with a job, a best friend and a very popular instagram account ( with some partnerships too ). She made herself and by this I mean that she did her best to create a pleasurable and admirable version of herself at other people eyes; because of this she found herself struck in a sailing competition and meeting the cold heart Lane, new in Porter Island, where she does her best to mantain her job in family business and forget her past "mistakes" or what her family made her thinks of. This is not a book about a love story that develop around a boat race. It's about two sides of the same medals who before being able to love each other they have to learn how to love themselves for who they truly are. "Tack&Jibe" is a story about find a way to being independent from others expectations. The realism of this book almost annoys me because I can totally see myself in Willa and where is difficult to me to reflect on Lane it's not to understand her because they're in the same situations: if the first had to wore another skin, the second was forced to wear that by other people projections. The author send a message really important not only for the youngers out there but also whose are older and think that it's too late to start all over again– stop being scared and go out to explore the world and do whatever you like and however you like! A deep and healthy message beneath the quick-reading mask and real and loveable characters. I'm not going to shut up about this book like... ever.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I can count the number of genuine romance novels I’ve read on one hand, (and they were all fantasy) but I was so charmed by the premise that I decided to take a chance and pick this one up, and I'm so glad I did because I absolutely loved it. It had a bunch of my favorite tropes, such as mutual pining, a coastal setting, and age gaps, but my actual favorite part was the richness of the characters and the realistic and mature way Willa and Lane dealt with their relationship problems. Thank you Net I can count the number of genuine romance novels I’ve read on one hand, (and they were all fantasy) but I was so charmed by the premise that I decided to take a chance and pick this one up, and I'm so glad I did because I absolutely loved it. It had a bunch of my favorite tropes, such as mutual pining, a coastal setting, and age gaps, but my actual favorite part was the richness of the characters and the realistic and mature way Willa and Lane dealt with their relationship problems. Thank you Netgalley for the arc.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Halah

    Wow, At first I did not like the writing, but man as soon as Lana was introduced as her trainer. I was so hocked. the author made me laugh in times. I Honestly felt so sad for Willa to the point of crying sometimes. She was left alone. they made her feel unwanted and that created so many issues to her character. nevertheless, I enjoyed her point of view, usually i'm not into one person point of view. I felt her growth. Loved this book and I highly recommend it. I got it today and finished it unde Wow, At first I did not like the writing, but man as soon as Lana was introduced as her trainer. I was so hocked. the author made me laugh in times. I Honestly felt so sad for Willa to the point of crying sometimes. She was left alone. they made her feel unwanted and that created so many issues to her character. nevertheless, I enjoyed her point of view, usually i'm not into one person point of view. I felt her growth. Loved this book and I highly recommend it. I got it today and finished it under less a day. thank you for the author and her team for the trust.

  19. 5 out of 5

    iam

    2.5 stars. Cute sapphic romance about complex characters that struggled a bit with pacing. Content warnings include: sex on-page, 14 year age difference (22yo/36yo), oppressive parents; mentions of :absent parent, comphet. Willa was an interesting protagonist. Pretty much everything about her life is based on lies, which is also what drives the plot of the book: she gets signed up for a sailing competition when she can't even sail. The actual sailing competition plot only took about 50% of the boo 2.5 stars. Cute sapphic romance about complex characters that struggled a bit with pacing. Content warnings include: sex on-page, 14 year age difference (22yo/36yo), oppressive parents; mentions of :absent parent, comphet. Willa was an interesting protagonist. Pretty much everything about her life is based on lies, which is also what drives the plot of the book: she gets signed up for a sailing competition when she can't even sail. The actual sailing competition plot only took about 50% of the book. The bigger theme was Willa struggling with where she wants to go in life, and what to do when the life she built for herself on lies comes crumbling down around her - and how Lane, the only person who got the truth from her from the start, fits into it all. Despite that, I found the plot to be a bit unmoored - much like Willa, it didn't seem to really know where to go, drifting in the wind rather than catching it in its sails. This would have been fine and even fitting perfectly, except the book's pacing translated that lack of direction into loss of engagement for me. A lot of things happen very fast, so fast that I was barely able to follow them. I didn't always know why Willa was doing what she was doing, and scenes that seemed pivotal and impactful barely got a full page, while others were slow and filled whole chapters and I couldn't figure out why they were even there. This unfortunately lead to me skim reading the book a lot. While I would have liked more depth to the characters' reasonings, both Willa but also the side characters, including Lane and others, I liked the various relationships in the book. Willa and Lane's romance wasn't straightforward, which fit them very well, and I also liked those with Willa's best friend, her employees, her own mother, and the other island inhabitants. Overall a fast read with a cute romance and complex characters, that I wish had engaged me more. I received an ARC and reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    4.5 Tack & Jibe is a richly descriptive novel set in the Outer Banks. If you've ever had your hair tousled by a sea breeze or spent any time in a sleepy beach town this read is a must. Willa is finding her way in life, a challenge in itself, not made easier by a 'little' lie she told on a resume to secure a job. When the lie that seemed little turns her life upside down she will do anything to stay ahead. This novel flows wonderfully. The writing style is something I wish more authors were as exp 4.5 Tack & Jibe is a richly descriptive novel set in the Outer Banks. If you've ever had your hair tousled by a sea breeze or spent any time in a sleepy beach town this read is a must. Willa is finding her way in life, a challenge in itself, not made easier by a 'little' lie she told on a resume to secure a job. When the lie that seemed little turns her life upside down she will do anything to stay ahead. This novel flows wonderfully. The writing style is something I wish more authors were as experienced as Lilah Suzanne seems to be. Now, this is a personal preference but I prefer to learn more about our main characters motives through action and conversation rather than a deep, ranting, introspective. In this sense, this novel is a total balance allowing us to connect with Willa and Lane without sacrificing too many pages to repetitive emotion. What I find most fascinating about this novel is how quickly I was roped (not a ship pun but it should be) into caring about Willa and her misdirections in handling life vs Lane's past choices. Both characters were given the opportunity to seek new directions, playing into the bottom line: we all have the opportunity to change our life, the challenge is- will we? Now, I have few qualms about certain aspects of the novel, but they did alter my overall rating. I can appreciate how novels can have certain troupes but this read felt like a little too many crammed into the back half of the novel- it took focus away from the excellent first portion. Mom's new family left me behind; Family pressure to run their business; Coming Out; May/December Strife. I would of been fine with one or two but the amount left me feeling distracted the second half of the novel. Tack & Jibe would make any reader want to set sail. The perfect novel to cozy up with a coffee and enjoy (preferably overlooking a sandy beach dune!) Net Galley provided this novel to me in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Randi

    I received an advanced copy of Tack & Jibe from Netgalley, so that I could share my honest review with you! If you were to look at Willa’s Instagram feed, you would assume that her life is perfect. She has carefully cultivated and filtered every aspect of her world to find the most likable version of herself. Unfortunately, this “Willa” is built around a life-defining lie. Willa has made a name for herself as a sailing-personality, in spite of the fact that she has no idea how to sail. If anyone I received an advanced copy of Tack & Jibe from Netgalley, so that I could share my honest review with you! If you were to look at Willa’s Instagram feed, you would assume that her life is perfect. She has carefully cultivated and filtered every aspect of her world to find the most likable version of herself. Unfortunately, this “Willa” is built around a life-defining lie. Willa has made a name for herself as a sailing-personality, in spite of the fact that she has no idea how to sail. If anyone in her life were to discover her secret, no amount of filtering could save her. So far, no one has caught on to her deception, but when she is registered in a world-class sailing competition by some of her over-enthusiastic followers, Willa worries that her world is about to come crashing down. Desperate to preserve her reputation, Willa seeks the help of sailing-superstar Lane Cordova. With Lane’s help, Willa may finally be able to become the person she’s tried to be for so long. You can get your copy of Tack & Jibe on July 21st from Interlude Press! As someone living hundreds of miles from the ocean who’s never so much as stepped on a sailboat, I loved escaping into Tack & Jibe! I couldn’t resist the promise of deception and self discovery the story offered. This book was a great summer book for me, as it was light and quick to read! Lilah Suzanne wrote a snappy and engaging story in Tack & Jibe, one that would be a great choice to take to the beach or to read at home! My Recommendation- If you’ve been on the hunt for a queer, steamy romance novel, Tack & Jibe would be a great pick for your next read! This book is quite short and would make a nice road trip read! If you love books with a slow burn romance, you’ll definitely want to check this one out!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    Willa Rogers has a carefree existence, living in the tourist town of Portland Island, working in a sailing shop. She somehow manages to get herself entered into a prestigious sailing competition despite the fact she's never sailed before and to make matters worse the whole town is behind her. She manages to convince sailing champion Lane Cordova to give her a crash course before the event and develops a serious crush on Lane. The characters were interesting with Willa bumbling and fumbling her w Willa Rogers has a carefree existence, living in the tourist town of Portland Island, working in a sailing shop. She somehow manages to get herself entered into a prestigious sailing competition despite the fact she's never sailed before and to make matters worse the whole town is behind her. She manages to convince sailing champion Lane Cordova to give her a crash course before the event and develops a serious crush on Lane. The characters were interesting with Willa bumbling and fumbling her way through events, although I did find it frustrating that she often lied to get herself out of a situation but eventually she resorted to the truth as we see her character grow. Lane was full of insecurities and trying to navigate her own coming out and feelings for Willla. There were lots of moments between Willa and Lane that were uncomfortable and awkward but so relatable. I really enjoyed this book and found it such a refreshing romance novel.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ginger

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review of the story. Willa is young, impulsive and loves her job. But there's a problem - She lied to get her job and it's not a little white lie. Lane is in her 30's, gorgeous, well educated and working at a job she hates. She used to sail competitively but gave it up unexpectedly. Lane is struggling with her sexuality. Willa knows exactly who she wants. They literally run into one another which leads to an angry introuduction and misunders I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review of the story. Willa is young, impulsive and loves her job. But there's a problem - She lied to get her job and it's not a little white lie. Lane is in her 30's, gorgeous, well educated and working at a job she hates. She used to sail competitively but gave it up unexpectedly. Lane is struggling with her sexuality. Willa knows exactly who she wants. They literally run into one another which leads to an angry introuduction and misunderstanding. Willa does her best to overcome that first impression as she really needs Lane's help. Willa needs to learn how to sail with just weeks to go vefore a high stake race. The story moves a bit slowly but the points of view are interesting. Willa and Lane bring out the best and worst in each other while learning self confidence and pursuing treams.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shelf Blame

    Thank you NetGalley and Interlude Press for the digital ARC of Tack and Jibe! Willa is a 22 year old floating through life, trying to find her way in a small beach town. She's a social media junkie, curating the perfect image of herself as a beach bum optimist who happens to me a fantastic sailor. The problem? She's definitely not. Willa recruits the help of Lane, a 36 year old award winning sailor who's trying to find her own identity. The whole aesthetic of this book was really pleasing. It wa Thank you NetGalley and Interlude Press for the digital ARC of Tack and Jibe! Willa is a 22 year old floating through life, trying to find her way in a small beach town. She's a social media junkie, curating the perfect image of herself as a beach bum optimist who happens to me a fantastic sailor. The problem? She's definitely not. Willa recruits the help of Lane, a 36 year old award winning sailor who's trying to find her own identity. The whole aesthetic of this book was really pleasing. It was all beach and sand and best friends named Bhodi who have bleach blond hair and freckles on her nose. I really loved the setting of the story, and I think it lent itself to the tone of the book. I had a bit of a problem connecting with the characters. Willa's whole life is basically a lie, and she seems a bit immature. Lane seems bitter about life (not without reason) so them forming a connection was a leap to begin with. I would've liked to see their relationship grow, but it seemed like they were just kind of attracted to the physical (which! Nothing wrong with that! Just hard to fill a book with it). Bhodi was a great character, and I would've liked to see more of her. I want to read HER book, as well as her mothers. Even Hunter was interesting, as little page time as she got. I had a few issues, but I would still give it a try if you want a sweet f/f romance that isn't heavy handed!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Phoebe E

    **I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** Tack & Jibe is an easy read that packs in a lot of complicated conversations about financial inequality, queerness, and internet culture. I really enjoyed the character of Willa and even though the story was centered around her lying about her sailing abilities, I found her to be a really endearing character. Overall, I thought the plot was cleverly done and I really appreciated the character development **I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** Tack & Jibe is an easy read that packs in a lot of complicated conversations about financial inequality, queerness, and internet culture. I really enjoyed the character of Willa and even though the story was centered around her lying about her sailing abilities, I found her to be a really endearing character. Overall, I thought the plot was cleverly done and I really appreciated the character development that occurred for everyone involved as the story continued on. It was also a great romance story! My one sort-of qualm was that I found that age gap between Willa and Lane a little weird, but I thought that the book and the characters handled the topic really well.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Heatherblakely

    3.5, rounding up. I really enjoyed this! I was irritated at the 22-year-olds a few times, but that's likely due to me being a grouchy 32yo more than the writing itself. One of the reasons I read so many YA novels is that teenagers are allowed to be messy in a way that adults aren't allowed to, and I really enjoyed seeing a 22yo and a 36yo who had things to figure out about their lives. The age difference didn't bother me, and I appreciated how much learning Willa and Lane had to do about each ot 3.5, rounding up. I really enjoyed this! I was irritated at the 22-year-olds a few times, but that's likely due to me being a grouchy 32yo more than the writing itself. One of the reasons I read so many YA novels is that teenagers are allowed to be messy in a way that adults aren't allowed to, and I really enjoyed seeing a 22yo and a 36yo who had things to figure out about their lives. The age difference didn't bother me, and I appreciated how much learning Willa and Lane had to do about each other in order to make their relationship work. Reading realistic arguing and character flaws and love languages (not everyonoe is good with words!) was refreshing, as it was backed up by the need for honesty. Great summer read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kazue Sohma

    The book was mostly enjoyable and the protagonist's struggles are entirely too relatable to a wider audience of younger millennials fresh out of college and feeling lost. Her relationships with her best friend and roommate were humorous and heartwarming. The sailing theme was interesting and will no doubt make the book a great summer read. However, the plot and romance felt entirely predictable and slightly boring. The pacing was very slow and it was hard to get through the novel at times. Overa The book was mostly enjoyable and the protagonist's struggles are entirely too relatable to a wider audience of younger millennials fresh out of college and feeling lost. Her relationships with her best friend and roommate were humorous and heartwarming. The sailing theme was interesting and will no doubt make the book a great summer read. However, the plot and romance felt entirely predictable and slightly boring. The pacing was very slow and it was hard to get through the novel at times. Overall, I feel like the book will be a fun beach read! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ocean

    I enjoyed the first half of this book, with the sailing and the drama, but I wasn't really into the romance which is kinda what this book is all about. I was really put off by the 14 year age gap between Willa and Lane, so I couldn't enjoy the main part of the story. Willa's best friend Bodhi was a great character, I really liked her, and her moms were lovely too. The story was good, but I just couldn't enjoy it the way I should have. If this story had happened between two characters of a simila I enjoyed the first half of this book, with the sailing and the drama, but I wasn't really into the romance which is kinda what this book is all about. I was really put off by the 14 year age gap between Willa and Lane, so I couldn't enjoy the main part of the story. Willa's best friend Bodhi was a great character, I really liked her, and her moms were lovely too. The story was good, but I just couldn't enjoy it the way I should have. If this story had happened between two characters of a similar age, would I have loved it? Yes. But as it is, that age gap played a large part in the story and I wasn't into it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    ˗ˏˋ maddie ˊˎ˗

    full disclosure: i received an arc through a goodreads giveaway. 3.5/5. this was really cute, a little cliche and a little unrealistic, but in all the best and utterly forgivable rom-com-y ways. willa's flaws were intensely relatable and i loved the little sprinkle of realness in the epilogue, with people stuck together in a tiny space for three months sniping at each other (love doesn't make that any less annoying or claustrophobic, haha).

  30. 5 out of 5

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