There comes a time in your life where a book is going to surprise you.
Maybe it’s entirely different than you expected.
Maybe it’s entirely better than you expected.
Maybe you’re swooning, vying for the sequel immediately, and have way too many feelings.
This is one of those books.
Full Steam Ahead
by Valerie Chase
Series: Seaswept #1
Release date: January 14th 2014
Blurb: 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.
Muse KJ’s Thoughts
Want to stumble into a breath of literary fresh air? Want swoons in your life? Then you should read this book.
There comes a moment in a book when you know you’re going to love a character. Mine came fairly early in – with the following line.
I’d rather curl up in my stateroom with the zombie ebook I downloaded before the trip, but…
Georgia Cantwell is perfect. Or at least that’s what she wants you think. She has to uphold the Cantwell name, which means doing everything just right. Georgia’s a girl with a secret, and she’s hoping that a week on the seas will help her forget her troubles, but they just keep following her everywhere. And unfortunately, so does the very swoon-worthy casanova Jase she’s being forced to room with. He just wants to know what’s she’s hiding under her cold exterior. And she just wants to be left alone, by everyone. Including the mystery person at the root of all her troubles. Everyone else might be okay with partying and drinking, but she has real problems. Problems that she can’t share with her sorority sisters, and that she definitely doesn’t want that nosy Jase to know.
The story is told in dual POV – in both Georgia and Jase’s perspective. This is a story that really benefits from the look into both character’s brains, as both are entirely more complex than the initial look we get of them. Jase? Oh, boy, did I not give him enough credit. Who would have known he’d become my newest literary lust muffin? Also. He says things like this.
Holy God in Texas heaven.
Y’all know how I feel about Southern phrases. And Southern men. And the South in general. (Clearly, I need to go visit the fam, yes? Or move to Texas. Does Texas have palm trees?) If I wasn’t already smitten, I was then. But enough about me.
Georgia is a really relatable character. She’s going through a lot – the recent breakup with the man she’d thought she’d marry, sorority politics, tending to her best friend, the giant dual edged secret she’s been keeping under wraps, and now she has to deal with the delicious but nosy Jace. As you can imagine, things get complicated.
God, Georgia, what’s wrong with you? I was never like this with Hunter. His touch was great, but it never sent heat spiraling over my skin and across my stomach. Not like this.
All of the characters are strongly built, and it is easy to get to know all of them. Even the secondary characters stand out well, and add dimension to the story. I have mixed feelings about some of them (*coughHuntercough*)
Being a Southern sorority girl myself, I was charmed by realistic details that made me miss the South, my sorority sisters, and made me incredibly thankful for my closest friends. (Books that make me grateful for what I have get extra points.)
Overall, I was really surprised by how mesmerized I was to the story. I went in expecting a light and enjoyable read, but did not expect to become so enthralled with the characters, the mystery, and the story. There were a few minor things I prickled about, but none of them bothered me enough to leave me with a feeling of displease after finishing the book.
If you like New Adult, I definitely recommend this read. If you like romance or romantic mysteries, I’d say venture out a little and try this.
About The Author: Valerie Chase
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