|This story begins with the heroine, Kayli Heddon, arriving late for an airboat trip through the Everglades. The Governor is getting ready to run for re-election and asked her to tour with a few Everglades Water District Biologists and a Cherokee guide so she could take photographs for a project he would like to announce. She sees three airboats, one with a man already in the pilot's seat, the three biologists and then she sees someone from the Governor's office. Clay Jameson is the Deputy Chief of Staff. She went on two dates with him and then called it quits. She has no idea why he suddenly showed up since he wasn't supposed to be there and he has no idea why the Governor sent her to do this instead of him. The man in the pilot's seat is Skye Landers, part Cherokee and part sugar plantation owner. He and Clay do not get along.
Well, it was obvious that Clay had never been camping and wasn't really an outdoorsy kind of man. He complained almost the entire boat ride and seemed to freak at the sound of a drop. Skye was a bit stand offish with Kayli, but he was just trying to hide his attraction to her. Kayli was really having a wonderful time taking photos of the National Park, I either spent time humming the song Cherokee Wind by John Anderson or thinking of the art photos of Cypress by Clyde Butcher. Yes, I know Seminoles and Cherokees are not the same, but since the song talks about the Everglades…my mind just ran with that. Having grown up in Florida, visited Big Cypress and even driven 'Alligator Alley', I was quite familiar with many of the areas she described. I especially remember the glowing red eyes of the gators when light is shined on them at night.
Since you really don't care for me reminiscing about my youth in Florida, I will say that the scenes with Clay were either hysterically funny or just so frustrating that I wanted to be there to shake some sense into him. Skye and Kayli alternated being really good together or being too tied up to their pride to get through all of each other's baggage. I have to admit, I spent the first half of the book thinking 'where's the sunscreen? They have bug spray, why haven't they even put on sunscreen?' This story seems to have it all: Gators, banana spiders, drug runners, machetes and guns, my favorite was the ever mystical Uncle Wren and panther. Skye and Kayli did eventually admit to themselves and each other they were in love which didn't happen until the very end. Ms. McCarty wrote a good story, but she wrote an incredible Save the Everglades book!
Reviewer: Teresa T.
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