"On her trip she meets Nate, a scuba dive instructor and ex marine. Will Kara learn to trust him with her heart, when she fears this shipboard romance will reach an end and she'll never see him again, leaving her broken hearted."
Pages: 127 pages
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing on June 2013
Form: E-book (from tour for an honest review)
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Amazon: Buy / $9.91 (Kindle) ( EU price, click to see yours )
Barnes & Noble: Buy / $5.99 (Nook)
"When Kara's, husband is shot and killed in front of her in what she's told is a random act of violence, she becomes convinced the world is unsafe. Her life is quiet and predictable, until she wins a Caribbean cruise for two and takes along her best friend.
On her trip she meets Nate, a scuba dive instructor and ex marine. He'll teach her to face her fear of deep water and teach her to snorkel. Will Kara learn to trust him with her heart, when she fears this shipboard romance will reach an end and she'll never see him again, leaving her broken hearted?
When Kara's boss shows up at their first port of call unexpectedly, Nate's protective nature comes out.
Her creepy boss becomes more aggressive after she returns to Ohio and when she calls Nate he gets on the first plane. Can Nate rescue her?" ~ From Goodreads
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I had never before read a cruise liner romance, by that I simply mean a romance set on a cruise ship, now I'm not sure if I had any expectations but I felt as somehow the book was hurried along or maybe the author was skipping all the tedious parts of traveling? I got all the main stuff, the pools, the dinners, the cabins but that all paled when the characters weren't quite right.
Firstly the supporting chaperon of our heroine was annoying, she was loud, brash and overly sexy- which made reserved Kara even more prudish, meek and timid. The men didn't fair much better either, I actually found Adam more interesting than Nate the hero of the romance. Why, you ask? He had more personality.
Now you might think I didn't like this book at all, which is not the case. I found the plot entertaining and the added suspense on Kara made this book very readable and helped a ton to make the cast likable and more interesting. But would I re-read this just for the story? No, there is plenty character development to be done. That said I'm interested in reading Debra Parmley's books in the future, I liked the fast pace of the novel and the story telling.