Book Review

Book Review: The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by Elizabeth O’Roark

Rating: ★★★
Audience: Contemporary Romance
Length: 319 pages
Author: Elizabeth O’Roark
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: January 20th, 2022
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads


You don’t really know a guy until you’ve vacationed with him…

When Drew Wilson’s ex-boyfriend Joel “Six” Bailey asks her to go on his family trip to Hawaii with him just as her life is falling apart, she decides it’s the perfect time to give him another chance.

The hitch? The Bailey family includes Six’s rude older brother, Joshua—a hot-nerd doctor who has hated Drew since the moment they met and once suggested she’d steal the family silver.

Drew is determined to win the Baileys over and give this thing with Six a fair shot…but Joshua is making that difficult. Not simply because he is in her way at every turn, but because—as one tropical adventure leads to the next—she’s beginning to wonder if obnoxious, odious Joshua might be the brother she actually belongs with. 


This got off on a really great foot. I thought the banter was fun between Drew and Josh (though there were some really odd and distasteful jokes that I did not love). They had some chemistry from the beginning and I was fairly smitten.

Josh is the gruff, protective type and I looooved all of those moments when that side came out. Those moments were the highlight throughout. Drew was a bit all over the place. I liked her most of the time, but towards the end some of her decisions had my tilting my head.

Aaaaand then we come to the last quarter of the book where it all of a sudden got over the top dramatic. Unnecessarily dramatic. At that point my connection with the relationship had kind of dwindled and I was ready for everything to be over. It ended really quickly and luckily a small epilogue helped.

It’s a sweet romance a lot will love even if everything didn’t hit well for me.

Overall audience notes:

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Language: some
  • Romance: multiple open door
  • Violence: a little
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: gun violence, drug use, mentions of suicide of a parent (off page, but discussed), parent with cancer

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