Book: A Change of Plans by Donna K. Weaver
Genre: Romance and adventure
For: Review and Support Local Authors
From: ARC from the publisher (Rhemalda)
Welcome to the blog tour for A Change of Plans! I was so excited to read this book by a brand new local Utah author and fellow city employee!
And boy, what an adventure it was!
I don't usually do the copy and paste synopsises, but I decided to go ahead with this one this time:
What the book's about: When Lyn sets off on her supposedly uncomplicated and unromantic cruise, she never dreams it will include pirates. All the 25-year-old, Colorado high school teacher wants to do is forget that her dead fiancé was a cheating scumbag. Lyn plans a vacation diversion; fate provides Braedon, an intriguing surgeon. She finds herself drawn to him: his gentle humor, his love of music, and even his willingness to let her take him down during morning karate practices. Against the backdrop of the ship's make-believe world and temporary friendships, her emotions come alive.
However, fear is an emotion, too. Unaware of the sensitive waters he's navigating, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship--on the very anniversary Lyn is on the cruise to forget. Lyn's painful memories are too powerful, and she runs from Braedon and what he has to offer.
Their confusing relationship is bad enough, but when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise's snorkeling excursions in American Samoa things get worse. Paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped and Lyn's fear of a fairytale turns grim. Now she must fight alongside the man she rejected, first for their freedom and then against storms, sharks, and shipwreck.
First of all, I loved that this story (at least the first bit!) is set on a cruise boat. Having been on several cruises myself, I could totally picture these scenes and settings. It's an awesome place for a romance to bloom. I've often wondered why there aren't more cruise ship romance settings.
The romance felt believable and real, and all the emotion felt especially by Lyn was pretty intense. And I really enjoyed Braedon's character too. He seemed all awesome-ness!
So this story is all happy and romance-y and even a bit funny at times. But then it takes a sudden turn, and things become very very bad. It's almost like we have two different books here. The romance, which then turns into a survival/adventure story. And since I enjoy survival stories, I felt this was not a bad thing at all, in fact the surprising turn was quite fun.
And just when we think things are going to be solved, more stuff happens and another unexpected section of the book begins. It's quite the emotional roller coaster, this book!
Bottom line: I totally enjoyed the ride.
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