ARC Review: Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan

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ARC Review: Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan
Carry the Ocean

4.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: Apr 7, 2015
Series: Roosevelt #1
Pages: 300
Format: eARC

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“Heidi Cullinan has really outdone herself. As a fan for a long time, I strongly feel that CARRY THE OCEAN may very well be one of her best books.” ~ Under the Covers

Heidi Cullinan has really outdone herself. As a fan for a long time, I strongly feel that CARRY THE OCEAN may very well be one of her best books. It touches on some sensitive topics, topics that maybe other authors have tried to stay away from because of the complexity it involves. But Cullinan embraces them and has created two wonderful beautiful characters in Jeremy and Emmet.

Jeremy is clinically depression while Emmet is autistic. I know what you’re thinking…that must be a whole lot of angst. And there is, but Cullinan handles it in a way that makes you root for the characters and their love. Emmet is a little more comfortable in his skin. He doesn’t care that he is autistic and actually does pretty well for himself. Though many see him as different, he thinks he is awesome and I have to agree with that because if it wasn’t for his honesty coming through in the pages, I don’t think this book would work especially with someone as broken as Jeremy is.

Jeremy is far more subdued and more cautious than Emmet is. However, Emmet brings out the best in Jeremy and I think that also translates into the romance. While their relationship starts off as awkward and a little strained, the way they are so aware of one another makes you root for their romance. As they learn what makes each other tick and in turn learn more about depression and autism, it makes you as a reader fall deeper in love with them. I liked that Cullinan didn’t make the romance their saving grace but made it something that brought them together. It’s their will and strength that helps them through in the end and for me, that was important to see.

CARRY THE OCEAN is an absolutely beautiful story. Although it’s not one I could pick up and reread again because of all the emotions associated with, it will definitely remain on my keeper shelf for some time. Do yourself a favor and read this book!

Favorite Quote:

“Frankly, I’m awesome, and anybody who doesn’t agree should get out of my way.”

*ARC provided by publisher



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About Heidi Cullinan

Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren't enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn't writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and ten-year-old daughter. Heidi also volunteers frequently for her state's LGBT rights group, One Iowa, and is proud to be from the first midwestern state to legalize same-sex marriage.


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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I’m looking forward to reading this one.


I love that quote…thanks Annie