Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Review ~ The Ocean Between Us by Delisa Lynn

The Ocean Between Us
ebook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Release Date: March 15th 2016

Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC

Masters Sweet Baked Goods—the best bakery in Benton Creek.

Run by Hendlee Masters and her grandmother, Masters Sweets is the heart and soul of what’s left of Hendlee’s family. Raised by her grandmother after her parents died when she was only five, Hendlee’s poured her time and energy into building her own life in the small town she loves.
Best friends are hard to find—and even harder to keep.
Hendlee didn’t start to notice her feelings for one of her friends—Quaid Castings—until she was in high school. By then it was too late. Unlike her, his plans for the future involved ditching town and enrolling in the Naval Academy.

Just one night with Quaid is all she wants, but when it finally happens, it’s not nearly enough. And he’s leaving in less than twenty-four hours.
The pursuit of happiness often requires leaving someone behind.
Quaid wants more than the country life. Joining the Navy is the best way to explore the world beyond the hills of Kentucky. Except chasing his dream means leaving behind the girl he’s been in love with all his life—Hendlee Masters.

When Quaid chooses a career in the Navy over the love of a small-town girl, will their fates once again align? Or will their love be lost in The Oceans Between Us?

My Opinion

I've had the book on my Kindle for a while. It is another read I picked up for free on Amazon, but I put it to one side having overdosed on military romances at the time. Finally though, I felt like reading one and thought I would give this a go.

So, I'll be honest and say the start of this book didn't capture my interest. The pacing felt slow, events felt repetitive, and something just didn't work for me. I kept reading it wishing the night Hendlee and Quaid were together was the prologue and then the five year jump was made rather than have the padding.

However, once the story got started I did enjoy it. I found myself turning the pages quickly and before I knew it I was near the end. I liked the second chance element to the romance and did feel a spark between Hendlee and Quaid. Quaid was a sweet guy, and I could feel that both of the characters still had feelings for each other.

My one bigger qualm with this book though was that it felt like it kept building to more and those events never emerged. For example, the situation with Jason felt like it would have more drama. Similarly, so did the event with Quaid leaving on tour. I expected something to be made out of these situations but they fizzled out into just a HEA that in all honesty felt a little rushed. It just all came about too fast with too little drama.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. At times the pace wasn't that consistent but the story was sweet and kept me interested.


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