The cruise of a lifetime. A reality TV show about romance. Falling in love is inevitable.
Evan Williams is the type of guy to stick by his friends, especially when they’ve been hurt and need a favour. And if that favour involves the cruise of a lifetime, then how can he say no? Even when it means pretending to be a devoted boyfriend to Amber and having their fake relationship play out on a reality TV show for all the world to see.
Realising his boyfriend is a conceited jerk and dumping him doesn’t stop Harry Bishop from winding up as one half of a supposedly loved-up couple on the Sea of Love TV show. And if that’s not bad enough, he’s faced with temptation in the form of Evan, the perfect blend of boy-next-door-meets-sexy-stud he once crushed on. It’s going to be a long two weeks.
Two weeks of competitions, challenges, and confrontations. They’re here to take out the Sea of Love title—just not with each other—and there can only be one winner. But it turns out that true love isn’t about winning a contest; the real prize comes when you follow your heart.
Sea of Love is a feel-good romance featuring hidden attraction, fake relationships, and friends-to-lovers.
Title: Sea of Love
Author: Nic Starr
Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex
Length: 45,000 words
Okay, ngl, I haven’t read a book by Nic Starr before. In fact, I went and looked at the author’s backlist, to double check, and nope, not one. And I’m really not sure how that happened, or why. I’ve seen the author around on FB, but just haven’t gotten to any of her books. Clearly I’ve been missing out. The author is from Australia, one of my fave places in the world, and so when authors write their characters from there, I just love it. Anyhow, I’m very glad I found a new author that looks like one I can plan to read more of!
This is just a happy little romance. Evan and Harry just fit together, and I really liked that they had known each other previously, so it wasn’t quite an insta-love, more like a “wow, I see you in different light”. Since they had a short time to get to know each other, having a previous connection really helped here.
The game show these two “couples” were on was fun, with little nods to other game type shows. The cooking challenge led to Harry’s hope to become a better cook. #lifegoals Even when the couples went ashore, they didn’t always end up together…you know, like real life. It was just sweet and fun, and made me happy reading it.
They both stuck to their values, until they realized the other was unattached. Then all bets were off. 🙂 Very little angst, even from the ex-boyfriend, who by the way was brilliantly waylaid many a time by Evan’s friend, Amber, without him knowing what was happening.
If you’re looking for a beachy type read, fun and very low angst, I definitely recommend this.
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Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn’t give it up for the world.
Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told!
When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family–an understanding husband and two beautiful daughters–and is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.