Thursday, July 12, 2012

Caribbean Crossroads Blog Tour: Book Review

Title: Caribbean Crossroads
Author: Connie E. Sokol
Release Date: June 2012
Publisher: Sokol Publishing
Genre: Clean romance
E-book received from author for review.
New college grad Megan McCormick just got dumped. Hard.

Swearing off men and relationships, Megan is coaxed into performing on a cruise ship where she meets the star performer, Bryant Johnson. Handsome and charismatic, he looks like trouble, but she can't deny the intense attraction between them.

Urged to find a wife and run the family lumber business, Bryant is torn between his family's expectations for his life and his own. However, when he meets spunky, but love-skittish Megan McCormick, settling down doesn't look so bad.

Just when Megan begins to trust again, and Bryant makes some big decisions regarding his future, her former fiance returns with a malicious surprise, taking Megan and Bryant to their own CARIBBEAN CROSSROADS.
"A cruise, a hunk, and a clean romance
equals a great summer read!"

My favorite part of this book was the tropical setting in the first half. I loved the whole cruise ship vibe because I have never been to the Caribbean (or on a cruise). I wish there had been more scenes on the actual islands but I did love the part where they went to the beach (and was very jealous that I wasn't there too!)

Because the setting of the book was so lighthearted, I was surprised that the main characters were actually very emotionally deep. They both had a lot of issues to deal with from past relationships and had to work extremely hard to make their own romance work.

One interesting thing about this book was that it didn't feel as cliche as many romances I have read. The "mean girl" wasn't always mean, the love interest wasn't always perfect, and the main character wasn't always likeable. However, I did have a hard time keeping up with Megan's constantly changing moods. I almost got motion sickness from all the ups-and-downs in her "I love him, I hate him" saga (she may or may not have had multiple personalities!).

Ironically, my favorite character was actually Megan's best friend. I loved that she was so straightforward with Megan and told her to quit thinking so much and just live her life. She was a "no-nonsense" type person who was the perfect balance for Megan's fickleness.

Overall, this book is perfect read for a summer day (especially if you are lying on the beach on a tropical island!)

            About the Author
Connie Sokol is a mother of seven—a national and local presenter, and a regular speaker at Education Week. She is a monthly TV contributor on KSL’s “Studio 5” and regular blogger for LDSLivingonline. She is a former TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications, and columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine. Mrs. Sokol is also the author of Motherhood Matters, Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, and Life is Too Short for One Hair Color, as well as talk CDs and podcasts. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats.

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