March 25, 2013

Review: Romancing the Seas by: Cait O'Sullivan

Romancing the Seas by: Cait O'Sullivan
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Summary: Sous-chef Pippa Renshaw thinks a change of scene will mend her bruised heart, so she swaps her job in a prestigious London restaurant to head-chef on a cruise ship sailing around New Zealand. A great plan until she meets her new CEO, the delectable Jonathon Eagleton, and discovers she has to share a suite with him.

Even though sparks fly whenever they are together, Jonathon steadfastly keeps her at arm's length, which suits Pippa just fine because she's still getting over the betrayal of the last time she had a relationship with the boss.

The situation is starting to feel like solitary confinement until a thunderstorm traps them in a tramper's hut while hiking. Suddenly a different kind of storm unleashes inside the hut.

But will they be able to go back to their previous status now the line has been crossed?

My Review

This was a very cute romance novel and a quick read. I was a little nervous at first because the first couple chapters didn't do a whole lot for me, too much describing of how the two main characters look. Then as I got more into Romancing the Seas it got better with each page. I would categorize this romance novel as semi steamy with some light comedy, it had a good mix of both.

As readers we get to see both the male lead Johnathon's point of view and the female lead Pippa's point of view. This was refreshing. I love when romance novels give us both view points. It helps us understand what is going on in both of their heads and gives us more insight into why they do what they do. This was a nice change in pace since there is always frustrating drama that comes along in a romance novel.

Pippa was a great character. She was sassy, strong, and cute. Plus she was a chef, and I loved her passion for her work. I don't read a lot of books with chefs in them and this was a nice change. Johnathon was sexy and strong and dumb, but he makes up for it. Although not always perfectly described, their chemistry was steamy.

The setting of a cruise ship in New Zeleand was wonderful. When the characters get stuck over night in a cabin together it was intense. I loved that scene. It was hot and full of humor. O'Sullivan wrote that scene wonderfully.

The only main thing that bothered me with this book, and why I didn't give it a higher rating, was that I felt like the story was too rushed. I understand with it taking place on a cruise that it couldn't last forever, but there could have been a change over with another cruise or something of the sort. I just wish it would have been slightly longer so we could have gone a little more in depth with the characters and their relationship. Also, I wanted more time with some of the minor characters. They were important to the story in their own way, but I felt like we didn't see enough of them.

Overall Romancing the Seas is a delightful read, perfect for a rainy day or a day at the beach. If you are looking for a romance novel with the right mix of funny and steamy this would be a good fit. 

**I received this book for free from the author. It in no way hindered my honest review. Thanks Cait!

Rating 3.5/5  Buy Romancing the Seas


  1. Thanks Kay :). Funny, it's exactly what my Dad said about the first couple of chapters...!! What a lovely review, thank you so much.

    1. And thank you for the delightful read and for stopping by! :)

  2. I really enjoy dual POV's, especially when you can get inside the male's head. Also, I'm big on the pacing of a book, I can't get into that well if I feel rushed.

    It does sound like an interesting book, though I probably won't pick it up. Not really my type of read. But your review rocked!!

    Magen Corrie
    ~Corrie the Book Crazed Girl

    1. Thanks! I really loved that it had dual POVs. Made the book overall more enjoyable.

  3. I really enjoyed this book too. I'm a bit of a foodie and the descriptions of the meals made me hungry! Liked the cruise setting too, unusual.

    1. I'm glad! I want to read more books with that awesome setting and where the main character is a chef. Though it did make me hungry as well.


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