shipboard romance

B+
The Jetsetters

Once upon a time, Charlotte Perkins had a close-knit, happy family – or so it seemed on the surface.  In reality, the kids were kind of miserable and she was miserable, but she’s painted over those memories in shades of rose.  But her children, Cord, Lee and Regan, were all – if not unsatisf ...

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Dark Matters

The Class 5 series is the absolute best space opera romance available. I’ve adored every one of the books in the set and Dark Matters, fourth in the saga, is no exception. I would strongly recommend reading all three preceding novels; this one is enjoyed best when you know the backstory. She ...

B+
A Reluctant Bride

Les Miserables meets the high seas in Jody Hedlund’s A Reluctant Bride, the story of a woman from the slums who finds her worth on the bounding main. Mercy Wilkins lives in one of London’s poorest slums.  Barely able to keep shoes on her feet, she nonetheless sacrifices all she can to help t ...

A
A Scandal to Remember

It would be hard to choose the worst problem facing Lieutenant Charles Dance in his new peacetime posting, a scientific expedition on board the HMS Tenacious. Is it the ship’s state of disrepair and leaks? The drunken captain? The vicious bosun? The purser who ran off with the entire budget? Or is ...

A+
Navigating the Stars

Much as I’ve enjoyed Ms. Snyder’s work in the past, I don’t follow her release schedule very closely. But when I do find out about a new release, I’m ready to dive right in. It didn’t even take ten pages of Navigating the Stars to have me hooked and desperate to read more. The premise o ...

B+
Defy the Stars

The planet Genesis has tried to secede from Earth’s ring of colony planets in order to create an ethical, environmental and religious utopia, but Earth isn’t letting it go without a fight. Thirty years earlier, a vicious war ended in stalemate, but the conflict has resumed. Noemi Vidal is one of ...

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Almost a Scandal

Sally Kent’s brother Richard lets the family tradition down when instead of joining the Navy, he escapes to the clergy. So it’s Sally, who’s got the family saltwater blood, who dons midshipman’s blues and sets sail on the Audacious just before Trafalgar. She finds herself under the supervisi ...

A
Dark Horse

Narrated by Christina Delaine  Quite a few of my fellow reviewers have raved about Michelle Diener's Class 5 series. So, when the audio version of Dark Horse, the first book in the series, became available for review, I was eager to give it a listen. I'm pleased to report the story was everythi ...

B
Dark Minds

This is the third book in Michelle Diener’s Class 5 series. The story of Imogene Peters, a character we learned of in Dark Deeds, this novel chronicles the fate of the remaining two Class 5 Tecran warships and the final human captive taken by those ships. The series as a whole is perhaps the very ...

B
Out of Frame

Megan Erickson’s Out of Frame is the third book in her marvellous In Focus series. The author continues the series’ road-trip theme, but this time sets the majority of the plot on board a cruise ship during Spring Break. This rite of passage for American students is a bit of a mystery to the Bri ...