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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 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?

©2015 Debra Parmley (P)2017 Debra Parmley

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Facing Fears

This book has some great suspense. I liked how Kara learned to overcome her fears. The author wrote some great imagery with the cruise ship, excursions, etc. Nate was a very endearing character. Regarding the narrator: he has a nice voice, but not enough distinguishing characters. Also, I was not a fan of the music between chapters. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

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Face your fear of the unknown

This was a great story. Mostly predictable, but still very entertaining. This story introduces us to Kara and Nate. Thanks to winning a cruise, Kara is ready for a much needed vacation. She never expects to find the man of her dreams while she is Aboard The Wishing Star. Nate is smitten with Kara from the very beginning. Kara is very timid, shy, and almost afraid of her own shadow. But thanks to Nate, we get to watch her come out of her shell and become a beautiful, semi-self confident woman. She learns to stand up for herself, learns it is okay to take risks, and opens her heart to the opportunity to love again.

Their journey is not an easy one.There is mystery, romance, and suspense throughout the story. We get the joy of watching Kara and Nate fall in love. Nate learns to be patient, while Kara learns to trust in herself. They are the perfect match for each other and destiny was looking out for them.

This had a strong story line, that was well written. The characters were so engaging and easy to fall in love with. The dialogue flowed nicely with the characters and was easy to follow. Great descriptions to details and it was easy to imagine being on the ship with them. All in all, a great listen. I wasn't sold on the Narrator at first, and it really took me a while to get into him. He sounded like he was forcing a husky voice. Written as a multi pov and does have an HEA.

All in all, a great listen/read.

Would I recommend this book? Yes

Would I read more from this author? Yes

Sassy Beta Reading & Review

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I want a survivor not a mouse.

I was given a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for an honest review.

I really do not know how to rate this story. For most of this story all I wanted to do was shake Kara and tell Nate to please stop saying 'sweetheart'. I feel like he was just to fast and loose with that word. How do I know that he does not say that word to all of his previous lovers? What makes Kara any different?

Let me get back on track with the review. Kara has been through a lot in her life. She lost her mother young and I assume her dad was not in her life. She ended marrying young and her husband gets murdered. So yes she does have every right to be timid and sacred of life. However for me she just seemed as though she believes and accepts everything that someone says. I do not like weak characters and for the majority of the book she was weak. There were times where she would face her fears and I was happy for her but then she regressed. I just wished that she knew her self worth more then she did.

For me she was not the best person to be the main character. I felt that she should have been portrayed as a survivor rather than a mouse. Nate in the beginning stated that he liked the fact that Kara wanted nothing from him but yet she wanted safety and someone to take care of her. I do not understand how Nate was okay with being the one in the relationship that knew what he wanted and Kara not knowing. I feel as though Nate wanted someone that he would be able to take care of and someone that would depend on him. I do not like Nate. He just seems a bit to eager to be with Kara. It is as though he has raider for someone who is mentally and physically weak.

The entire story was more about Kara trying to not be so scared but that failed. Viv came across as self-absorbed, and believe she was, however I do feel as though she was trying to show Kara tough love. I think that Viv was acting like a child in order for Kara to get it together and be in the stoplight for once. Daryl is someone that EVERYONE knew was coco crazy but her is Kara giving someone the benefit of the doubt. Lets just say that man is crazy and I am not at sad if she would have fallen of a bridge of mountain in Ohio.

Overall this was just okay. If Kara was more of a survivor rather than a woman who cannot go through life without a man this would have been a great story. There was love, suspense, and also tragedy. The perfect formula for a great book but it just was not there for me. The narrator as well was trying to hard for me. He just over read, just like actors who over act. He just needed to tone all of the extras down.

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