Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Waves (Love In Chaos #1) by Amy Matayo

Dillon Hayes is twenty-eight and single, an unfortunate status her overbearing family is determined to fix. So when she’s stuck on a cruise ship for a seven-day reunion with the lot of them, she's desperate for any escape she can find, even if it means partnering with a sketchy stranger for an off-the-beaten-path snorkeling excursion. After her mother's last matchmaking attempt, Dillon is more than willing to trade all her good sense for a few hours of solace.

Liam Gamble is stuck in the middle of family vacation hell. The worst part: it's not even his family. This will be the last time he ever accepts a free-vacation invitation from his best friend. At this point, he'd be willing to hand over his life savings to get off this crazy ship. So when he catches one of his friend's cousins sneaking off board, he decides to join her, hijacking her private excursion and nearly blowing her cover. If she gets to leave, so does he.

But what starts off as a secret escape turns into a very real nightmare when their shady tour guide leaves them stranded on an uninhabited island with nothing but the clothes on their backs and no idea how to keep themselves alive.

As hours turn into days, and the weather proves as threatening as their need for food and water, Dillon and Liam must join forces and rely on each other if they have any hope of seeing their families again. Funny thing: sometimes in life, the end of the rope is when you discover everything you value has been in front of you all along.

You know what?  I wish I had time to go back and read this book again right now.  As I sit here thinking about this book and what I want to say, all I really want to do is read it again.  I could probably just leave it at that for a review, don't you think?  Because nothing says "I love this book" better than wanting to read it again.

I am an Amy Matayo fan.  She writes books that fall right in my sweet spot.  Her characters have depth and personality.  In fact, this book has a whole load of memorable characters but I especially loved how Dillon and Liam learn about each other and rely on each other through a very frightening experience.  A deserted island sounds so perfect and romantic but when you are actually stuck there reality is just a tad different.  I hope I never know that personally!

This book played out like a perfect movie in my head.  I loved it.  And now I want to go to the beach.  Or on a cruise.  Or maybe I just want to read this book again!  😉  This book is available on Kindle Unlimited if you have that!

Content:  mild peril, kissing

- I received a complimentary copy of this book.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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