Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★★
Reading Time: 3 minutes
After years of reckless independence and fast living, Cameron Quinn is called home to help care for his adopted brother Seth, a troubled young boy not unlike Cameron once was. Cameron’s life changes overnight, as he has to learn to live with his brothers once again. Old rivalries and new resentments flare between the Quinn boys as they try to set aside their differences for Seth’s sake. Only Seth’s fate is in the hands of a tough but beautiful social worker. She alone has the power to bring the Quinns together – or tear them apart…
First line: “Cameron Quinn wasn’t quite drunk…”
This is a true tale of sacrifice and change for the better. Most importantly, it is about a man who puts others before himself… so basically… what all women want in a man. Am I right? Or am I right?!
As conveyed in the synopsis, Cameron and his two brothers (Ethan and Phillip) are given the responsibility of taking care of Seth, Ray Quinn’s newest conquest. Cameron was adopted by Ray as a teenager, as was his other brothers, and on Ray’s death bed he asks the boys to do whatever it takes to care for Seth. Cameron is faced with deciding between family, and his extravagant and comfortable life as a champion sailor.
This story is absolutely beautiful and anything but comfortable!! The plot follows Cameron and his journey towards clarity (and love) and Seth’s story gets integrated in perfect little snippets. We watch Cam and Seth’s relationship denigrate, blossom, and experience every verb in between.
I can’t say I cared much for you when I first came back. There’s that crappy attitude of yours, and you’re ugly, but you kind of grow on a guy.
Cameron is portrayed as a snooty jock, but really, he cares unconditionally and fails to recognize how compassionate he is. Seth has fears that he will be forced to go home to his birth mother, but somehow he manages to have hope that the three brothers will take care of him; whether that be because they want to, or because their father Ray asked, Seth doesn’t care… he just wants to belong. I love when Seth would bitch and moan about trivial things, yet internally it would be the best day of his life. One evening (early in the novel) when the three brothers are brawling and fighting outside, Seth feels like an outsider, an orphan, so he sits and watches them by the window… smiling. Aughhh it’s heart-wrenchingly beautiful!
I don’t typically like books with young children in them (I don’t know why…) but this is such a unique twist on a family.
The big twist/conflict comes when Cameron’s female interest is the social worker on Seth’s case. Of course, she supports Seth’s decisions 100% and does her best to ensure the family stays together… but there are complications, of course! Her story is also interesting, but the storyline still focuses on Cameron (and rightly so because he’s dreeeeeamy).
I’ve got something for you inside me, Anna… I haven’t used it up yet. This thing with you, it’s one of the first times I haven’t wanted to rush to the finish line.
Nora Roberts has this way of portraying male characters that is so so soooo breathtaking. I don’t know how she does it, but I sure do love reading her books! Be ready to add Cameron to your list of book boyfriends.
Sea Swept is the first novel in the Chesapeake Bay series. It’s certainly one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read.