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Saltwater Kisses: A Billionaire Love Story, Book 1 | [Krista Lakes]

Saltwater Kisses: A Billionaire Love Story, Book 1

When small-town girl Emma LaRue won a vacation to an exclusive tropical island, a last minute cancellation meant she would be going by herself. Shy and studious, she never had time to fall in love, and often wondered if she was just meant to be alone. However, that all changed when a handsome stranger literally walked into her life while on the beach and sparks began to fly. New York's most eligible billionaire bachelor Jack Saunders thought this vacation would be the perfect escape, one last hurrah, before taking full control of his father's company.
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Publisher's Summary

Can anything taste sweeter than love?

When small-town girl Emma LaRue won a vacation to an exclusive tropical island, a last minute cancellation meant she would be going by herself. Shy and studious, she never had time to fall in love, and often wondered if she was just meant to be alone. However, that all changed when a handsome stranger literally walked into her life while on the beach and sparks begin to fly.

New York's most eligible billionaire bachelor Jack Saunders thought this vacation would be the perfect escape, one last hurrah, before taking full control of his father's company. When an innocent Emma didn't recognize him, he figured that he might get a chance to have a vacation from being rich. He didn't tell her about the cars, the yacht, or the penthouse. All he did was let her fall in love with him.

Soon, Jack found that he was the one falling in love with Emma. When they enjoy a fantasy marriage ceremony on the beach, they thought it was a bit of harmless fun before returning to their normal lives. A bittersweet goodbye was supposed to be the end of their perfect vacation romance, but when photos of the ceremony were leaked to the press, everything changed.

Feeling lied to and thrust into a world of wealth and privilege, Emma must choose between following her dreams or following her heart. Will she be content at being nothing more than the billionaire's wife, or will she return to her normal life with only memories of saltwater kisses?

©2013 Krista Lakes (P)2013 Krista Lakes

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    Julie Yakiima, WA, United States 12-27-13
    Julie Yakiima, WA, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "GOOD VACATION LISTEN!"
    What made the experience of listening to Saltwater Kisses the most enjoyable?

    the narrator pulled off both male and female voices well and brought the story to life


    What could Krista Lakes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    a little more character depth and have Jack try harder to fit Emma into his schedule when they return to NYC


    What does Alicia Harris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love audio books because when the narration is good - as this reader was, one can picture the characters more clearly and imagine being in the story


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    whirlwind summer love


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kara KENNEWICK, WA, United States 12-05-13
    Kara KENNEWICK, WA, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Alicia Harris shines!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Love the narrator


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator! lol


    Have you listened to any of Alicia Harris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but she is great! I will look for other books read by her.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marincheto007 Gent, Belgium 11-11-13
    Marincheto007 Gent, Belgium 11-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "One of my favorite books I read this year :)"
    Would you listen to Saltwater Kisses again? Why?

    Most probably. I love the story and considering that I listened to it even though I already read the book most probably I would listen to it again :)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Saltwater Kisses?

    I love the moment when they meat and then in the end of the book when she goes to the river and the flowering threes and he comes after her to apologize and tells her he loves her :)


    What about Alicia Harris’s performance did you like?

    She is really good in personalizing the different characters and very easily understandable. I definitely enjoyed listening the book :)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It definitely made me laugh. The book is easy to read and the story is just lovely :)


    Any additional comments?

    I love the Kisses Series and enjoy all the books together with all Krista Lakes' books :)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 10-22-13
    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2012

    It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.

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    "Love it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Don't have a favorite character in the book.


    Have you listened to any of Alicia Harris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my first book. The only thing missing about this story line, I wished it can move of Jack side of the story - too many missing gaps.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I like how Emma stood up to Jack's parents.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pemberley Proud NC United States 08-03-14
    Pemberley Proud NC United States 08-03-14
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    "Narrator Without an Ounce of Emotion"
    What disappointed you about Saltwater Kisses?

    The characters were flat and overly amenable and so distant from one another that their one and only disagreement was "resolved" without any discussion whatsoever. It is nice to have a sweet love story, but once the couple left the vacation resort, the story of them as a couple was a non-item.


    What was most disappointing about Krista Lakes’s story?

    The two characters didn't hash out their differences once they actually had a difference or a misunderstanding. The Hero and Heroine were given a story while one vacation and getting to know one another, then the story fell flat.


    What didn’t you like about Alicia Harris’s performance?

    While Miss Harris did not read in a monotone voice, she also failed to put any emotion in the characters based on what was happening in the scene. The sexy scenes were read with the same voice as the scene when the two were harassed by paparazzi in the restaurant as the scene in which his parent meet with Emma regarding a separation!! The reader did not change her voice between characters nor did she put sultry or anger or worry or elation in her voice when she was reading dialogue with these emotions. The other distracting element is that in the recording, there is a slight white or snow noise in the background as Miss Harris reads. When she gets to the end of a sentence, the white noise faded, was gone, then returned with the next sentence. It gave me the impression that each sentence was recorded separately and then laid on the track in line.


    What character would you cut from Saltwater Kisses?

    I wouldn't cut any characters, just have the H and h have more conversation to make the "forgiveness" more believable.


    Any additional comments?

    I am very disappointed with this recording and disappointed that I purchased Rainwater Kisses, read by the same narrator. Even though the books were at a nicely reduced price or $1.99, I would not recommend these audio books to anyone. The reader sounds very inexperienced and stilted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TJM Monroe, Nc, United States 01-29-14
    TJM Monroe, Nc, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "sweet romance"
    What made the experience of listening to Saltwater Kisses the most enjoyable?

    Great love story


    What other book might you compare Saltwater Kisses to and why?

    Not sure different story line


    What does Alicia Harris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    More real shows first meeting on vacation then what you have to deal with once back in real world


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes laugh the sad seeing emotional side


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Palm Desert, CA, United States 10-26-13
    Diane Palm Desert, CA, United States 10-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Monotone Narrator"
    Would you try another book from Krista Lakes and/or Alicia Harris?

    No.


    Has Saltwater Kisses turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, although I will be much more careful with my choices in the future.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alicia Harris’s performances?

    No. I was shocked at the completely monotone narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I may have enjoyed the book somewhat of I had read it and not listened to it.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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