Monday, October 30, 2017

Oceans Apart

Oceans Apart 

Crescent Cove #2

ebook, audio

by Lesley Ann McDaniel 

  • Print Length: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Ark Ink
  • Publication Date: July 16, 2016
  • ASIN: B01IM29KEY

This is the biggest weekend for the Inn at Crescent Cove since Lily Duarte bought it a year and a half ago—it’s been booked for a wedding. Now if only she can stop dwelling on the last wedding she planned, then called off at the eleventh hour…her own. 

Trying not to regret breaking her engagement to her rage-aholic ex-fiancé, Lily puts all her focus on making this wedding a success. But when the bride turns out to be a nightmare and one of her key employees quits, Lily begins to question her ability to make it as a business owner. Even worse, she questions if she’ll ever find love with a man who doesn’t turn out to be controlling and abusive. 

Matthew Case has flown all the way from Baghdad, where he runs a computer consulting business, to act as best man for a lifelong friend. While he’s happy to be there, the trip serves as a brutal reminder of how lonely is own life is. His purpose in Iraq is clear, but none of the women he’s met there have captured his interest, much less his heart. Is he just being too picky? When he enters the Inn at Crescent Cove, the gorgeous dark-haired owner grabs his attention. Could she also be the one to win his heart? 

For Lily, the handsome best man could be the best thing about this wedding-gone-haywire, but he lives halfway around the world. Does she dare hold out hope that he’s really the Prince Charming he appears to be if their worlds are oceans apart? 

Crescent Cove. Where true love comes in waves. 

My thoughts:  OCEANS APART is the first story I've read by Lesley Ann McDaniel.  It is pretty formula romance, especially with  a  novella with a wedding destination theme.  Heroine runs a hotel for destination weddings, bride is a bridezilla, groom is pretty laid back, and the best man is a dream.  Oh, and the villain. We can't forget her.  Wow. A woman we love to hate. 

I would've liked to have seen this story fleshed out instead of rushed through in less than 150 pages.  It would have been fun to watch some scenes unfold and get more invested into the lives of the characters instead of a quick dash that leaves you going hmmm instead of ahhhh.

I do love that everything that could possibly go wrong did go wrong. Well, almost everything.

This was part of the Whispers of Love Collection (a 12-in-1 book) that has since disbanded and individually published.    I bought Whispers of Love when it was available and I was not required to write a review on any of the books.   All opinions are my own. 

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1 comment:

Marilyn R. said...

Novellas are nice but so much better when they are not rushed.

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