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A Change of Plans

About the book: When Lyn sets off on her supposedly uncomplicated and unromantic cruise, she never dreams it will include pirates. All the 25-year-old Colorado high school teacher wants is to forget that her dead fiancĂ© was a cheating scumbag. What she plans is a vacation diversion; what fate provides is Braedon, an intriguing surgeon. She finds herself drawn to him: his gentle humor, his love of music, and even his willingness to let her take him down during morning karate practices. Against the backdrop of the ship’s make-believe world and its temporary friendships, her emotions come alive. 

However, fear is an emotion, too. Unaware of the sensitive waters he navigates, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship--on the very anniversary Lyn came on the cruise to forget. But Lyn's painful memories are too powerful, and she runs off in a panic. 

Things are bad enough when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise’s snorkeling excursions in American Samoa. However, paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped. Lyn’s fear of a fairytale turns grim. Now she must fight alongside the man she rejected, first for their freedom and then against storms, sharks, and shipwreck.

My review: I really enjoyed reading this book. I'm not sure just why this story resonated with me so well, but it just did. The whole story, characters and setting just really worked for me I loved it all.

I loved Lyn. I liked her at the beginning, but I really liked her more and more as she kind of woke up from the shock she was in from her ex-fiance's betrayal. Her character was kind, loving - and best of all - spunky! There's a scene late in the book when she throws up on someone's shoes and then takes that person down with her karate moves that made me cheer for her. After all she had been through - ex-fiance, piracy, shipwreck, loss, love - she didn't let anything get her down and she was still the same amazing character throughout everything.

Braedon was a great character too. Things with him were a little harder to read because you didn't get to see what he was thinking during the story. But he was a great guy, a hard worker and he didn't let Lyn's prickliness get to him and make him run the other way. 

I loved the whole plot line of this one. I didn't realize that there are more of this author's books that kind of deal with the same story. You can bet I'm going to be reading those soon!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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