Release Date: January 14, 2014
Series: Seaswept #1
Review Source: eARC for review from tour coordinator
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Seven days aboard a luxury cruise. The perfect getaway from it all.
At least, that’s what Georgia Cantwell was hoping for.
Georgia wishes she could run away from the nightmare that has consumed her life, but she can’t. With her inbox filling with menacing emails, all she can do is try to get through her sorority’s winter break cruise without anyone realizing how wrecked she is. So she really doesn’t need Jace McLaren seeing through her tacked-on smile when no one else seems to notice.
Growing up with a father in jail, Jace knows from experience that if you’re going through hell, there’s no way out but through. He has always steered away from girls like Georgia with her ice-queen attitude, but she’s in real trouble, and despite himself he pushes past her walls.
As much as Georgia tries to ignore it, Jace won’t let her pretend with him. But she can’t risk telling him the truth. Her past would ruin his trust, her family, her future—everything.
But out on the open ocean, there’s nowhere to hide. And when Georgia’s secrets come tumbling out, it might take more than Jace to save her.
Full Steam Ahead is one of the first books I’ve read in a long time that takes place on a cruise ship. That unique concept alone puts the book ahead of the pack, but thankfully the writing and the characters also make this a great book. I love how the author brought in the trope of characters with a troubled past in a unique way. There were secrets and blackmail, but the way it was presented was quite original.
As I said, the characters are another great aspect of this book. I really liked both the heroine and hero straightaway. They weren’t at all what they seemed from the outset, but it was done in a way that made total sense. There was a real dichotomy between the way they presented themselves and the way others saw them versus who they really were.
I loved the banter between Georgia and Jace. The way they were with one another was very sweet. Because the book takes place over a very short period of time, the relationship could seem a bit insta-lovey, but I wasn’t turned off by this at all. You could really see the deep connection between them, and the fact that they were sharing secret things about themselves made the connection even deeper. Overall, this was a sweet and fun story. I loved the characters and I loved the setting. I definitely recommend Full Steam Ahead to New Adult fans.
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Valerie Chase is a author of New Adult Romance. She currently lives in the Washington, DC area. Full Steam Ahead is her debut novel.
As for her writing style, Valerie loves sexy banter and guys whose hearts are in the right place, even if their heads sometimes aren't. She loves discovering strong, awesome characters, putting them in entertaining situations, and watching them argue their way to love.
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