Review: Full Steam Ahead by Valerie Chase

Full Steam Ahead
(Sea Swept #1)
by Valerie Chase

Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Seven days aboard a luxury cruise. 
The perfect getaway from it all. 
At least, that’s what Georgia Cantwell is hoping for...

With her inbox filling with menacing emails, Georgia just wants to run away from her shattered life on her sorority's winter break cruise. What she doesn’t need is green-eyed Jace McLaren seeing through her tacked-on smile and stealing her breath away with each tantalizing kiss. 

Growing up with a father in jail, Jace knows from experience that if you’re going through hell, there’s no way out but through. He has always steered away from girls like Georgia with her ice-queen attitude, but she’s in real trouble, and despite himself he pushes past her walls.

As much as Georgia tries to ignore it, Jace won’t let her pretend with him. But she can’t tell him the truth. Her past would ruin his trust, her family, her future—everything. 

But out on the open ocean, there’s nowhere to hide. And when Georgia’s secrets come tumbling out, it might take more than Jace to get her through the storm.
First Sentence:
I can't believe how much I'm dreading this trip.

Last Sentence:
Grinning, I drag his lips down to mine.

  Full Steam Ahead is an intriguing read that goes beyond the usual offering of New Adult romances that I've read lately. There's so much more to the story than just the simple girl meets boy and falls head over heels. I very much enjoyed and appreciated the change of pace that Valerie Chase offered with the first book in her Sea Swept series.

  At first, the characters seem like the typical New Adult stereotypes, but they quickly exceeded my expectations. Georgia was a brilliant protagonist. Her struggles with accepting the failure of her "perfect" relationship will hit home with readers. Getting to know her was definitely enjoyable. Jace wasn't the normal bad-ass hero, either. He had very real struggles, too. The other characters were all well written, too. I cannot wait to discover more about them with the next book in this series.

  Valerie Chase has found her calling as a prolific and intriguing New Adult author. She brings a refreshing edge to the genre. Her story draws you in and keeps your interest. I would recommend Full Steam Ahead to any fan of the New Adult genre who enjoys their romance with a side of adventure.

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Valerie Chase.

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