The Shipwreck Review ~ Recommended for Romantic Dreamers … 9 out of 10!

The Shipwreck (Lavender Shores ~ Book 4

Author:  Rosalind Abel

Release Date:    September 29, 2017                                                                        Price:  $3.99

Reviewed by Elaine

36277755Cover Art:  The cover suits the theme of the series very well.  Pink and blue skyline with twinkling stars, we see an old, battered boat onshore.  Two men sans shirts are posing together.  Tyler really stands out with a mischievous twinkle in his eyes that matches the stars and a baby smirk that lets us know he is going to be trouble!

Synopsis: Introduces the two main characters, their strengths and weaknesses, and sets the scene for this episode. Suited the story well and was the perfect length.

Main Characters:  Lamont Price, 45, Author

                                    Tyler Dixon, 32, Model/Photographer

I just love our two main characters.  Lamont is so adorably sweet and awkward, Tyler so confident and sexy – but both are oh, so very vulnerable.  I knew going in I would really relate to Lamont, older, single and lonely.  As soon as Tyler comes to the rescue at the party though, I was just as smitten with him.  Yep, Tyler is trouble with a capital T.

Secondary Characters:  The cast of secondary characters remains as strongly bonded as in the previous books.  Family is everything in Lavender Shores, especially if you are from one of “The Founding Families.”  Right or wrong, they are always in everyone’s business and are the driving force behind Lamont’s and Tyler’s deception.  As annoying as they are, the family is close and the way the author writes, I feel like I am in the same room watching all their antics.  With Robert around, there are plenty of antics.

Plot:  Out of all the books in the series, this is absolutely the most romantic plot ever.  No hookups for Lamont, he is just not wired that way.  Even though our guys know that it is just a temporary gig, everything they do together is just saturated in emotion.  So many little things…the snow, the ice cream, the pictures – the depth of feeling just stunned me.

Flow/Continuity:  The story flows well, and is a decent sized book over 300 pages.

Conflict and Climax:  There are no crazy plot twists, no major drama.  Just a couple of broken hearts that need to be mended in the worst way.  Even with such simplicity, it takes time to heal a broken heart, and I appreciate the time each character required for self-examination.

Writing Style:  Alternating first person

Editing and Formatting:  No issues found – chapters are clearly labeled, and scene changes are readily apparent.

Conclusion:  This book is for the romantic dreamer buried in us all.

I give this book 9 out of 10.



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