Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Approximate word count: 15-20,000 words
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Leigh Morano says “My passion is writing stories that unleash the power of romantic relationships. I focus on the characters feelings, thoughts and sensual sensations in contemporary life. I write for women who are looking for escape in the form of romance, great sexual experiences that are positive and beautiful, thoughtful gestures and hunky heroes with a desire for adventure. I live aboard a floating home in
with my boyfriend and cat.” Sausalito, California
She has two other books available, Romance on the Bay and Broadway Dreams. Find out more about her on her website.
Vanessa, having had a string of abusive relationships, promises her friend that she will proceed with caution when entering new relationships. However she has been in a chat room with Marcelo for a while now. He is ready to take it to the next level and meet her in person. When he delivers an ultimatum to join him on a
Caribbean cruise or go their separate ways Vanessa throws
caution to the wind and gives into Marcelo’s manipulation to join him. As luck would have it Marcelo’s ex-fiancée turns
up on the cruise as one of the exotic dancers.
Vanessa is insecure but feels like she may be ready to enter another relationship. She has not shared all of her past experiences with Marcelo and he is definitely keeping secrets of his own. Set on a cruise ship and some beautiful island settings, Vanessa soon discovers she may be in over her head.
Although she felt like she knew Marcelo well enough from the chat rooms he has started to display behaviors which set off alarm bells reminding her of her past misjudgments. Marcelo is a confident, head strong, and passionate man who would set any woman’s heart afire. Vanessa’s journey is about trust, do you trust your heart or your head? Marcelo seems to have made up is mind; he just needs to convince Vanessa without giving away his secrets which becomes complicated when Andrea, Marcelo’s ex-fiancée, shows up.
The plot is well paced and Vanessa is an open book as the story is told mainly through her eyes which seems to me to be more like a sexy Chick-Lit story. We are given a few brief glimpses from Marcelo’s point of view, but not enough to give away his secret until the very end.
This novella is a quick read but has several minor proofing errors including extra words or words left out of sentences, wrong words like lab top instead of laptop, head instead of heard, and ad instead of and. Others were form/from, lost/lose, two/too. There were also tense problems such as moved instead of move, phone instead of phoned and his/her confusion at least three times during the story. As you can see, there were far too many not to take away a star in the rating. The sad thing is these could have easily been picked up by beta readers. ~sigh~
This book contains sexual situations that may be offensive to some.
There were significant proofing errors that could have easily been weeded out with beta readers or with a professional proofreading.
Rating: *** Three stars