Over the past few months, Dylan’s life has gotten harder.
She lost her father when a tragic accident caused him to lose an arm, and then his life, to infection, and the death sent her family into a downward spiral of debt and grief. In an effort to get them out of the hole they’re in, Dylan’s mother sells her husband’s truck–the one thing Dylan was clinging to.
So, determined to get the truck back and help her family avoid foreclosure, Dylan takes a leap and signs a contract for a famous dating show. It takes place on a cruise, she gets a personal stylist, her best friend will be there… So what’s the issue?
Her “boyfriend” is a famous country singer–one she may or may not have been obsessed with.
The Couple’s Cruise is infamous for destroying relationships, but sometimes, if you’re careful, love flourishes at sea.
I grew up reading Lurlene McDaniel books. I loved the sickly sweet, wholesome romance that came with being a middle school girl digging through the school’s library. But, if you know anything about McDaniel’s books, you know there was ALWAYS some element of sadness. Something thrown in that made you absolutely SOB.
I haven’t cried reading a book since Ruta Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray, but let me tell you, this book TORE ME UP. It chewed me up and spit me out and made me squeal and scream and… I was stuck in a roller coaster of emotions. It was rough.
What we have on the surface is a cute, wholesome romance. A girl with a happy, carefree personality takes the burden upon herself to save her family. She meets the handsome, gentlemanly Aiden Miller, a famous country music star. Their relationship is adorable in all the best ways. The two of them perfectly complete one another. They aren’t flawless, of course, but that’s what makes it so real.
This book is so well-disguised as a fast-paced romance novel that you really don’t see the last 20% coming. But man, when it comes, it takes your breath away. Now, this is not to say that it wasn’t hinted at, but you had to be a detective to see it. I was able to figure it out, but only because, like I said, I’m a huge Lurlene McDaniel fan. In an effort to avoid spoilers, I won’t say what the end brings to the story, other than it was immaculately done, and you’ll find no complaints from me.
Just a fantastic read all the way around! I’ll be recommending this to everyone I know.
Some snippets from my read-along for IndieApril.🙂
Overall Rating: 5/5
Pacing: Fast, fast. It was a three day read for me because I couldn’t put it down.
Intended Audience: Romance fans of any age. It’s clean and wholesome.
Content Warnings: Um… Minor heavy topic towards the end.