A Change of Plans
(Safe Harbors #1)
by Donna K. Weaver
How Many Stars? 5 stars
Synopsis: When Lyn sets off on her supposedly uncomplicated and unromantic cruise, she never dreams it will include pirates. All the 25-year-old Colorado high school teacher wants is to forget that her dead fiance was a cheating scumbag. What she plans is a vacation diversion; what fate provides is Braedon, an intriguing surgeon. She finds herself drawn to him: his gentle humor, his love of music, and even his willingness to let her take him down during morning karate practices. Against the backdrop of the ship's make-believe world and its temporary friendship, her emotions come alive.
However, fear is an emotion, too. Unaware of the sensitive waters he navigates, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship - on the very anniversary Lyn came on the cruise to forget. But Lyn's painful memories are too powerful, and she runs off in a panic.
Things are bad enough when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise's snorkeling excursions in American Samoa. However, paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped. Lyn's fear of a fairytale turns grim. Now she must fight alongside the man she rejected, first for their freedom and then against storms, sharks, and shipwreck.
My Scribbles: I could not put this book down! As a big romance fan, this one was a winner for me. I loved the relationship between Lyn and Braedon, even as rocky as it was. In the beginning, I wasn't a fan of Jori but he definitely started to grow on me as I kept reading. Loved the action of the pirates and I really did feel like I was on the cruise ship with them.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great adventure book with a well-written romance in it and characters you can actually find yourself identifying with. I found myself emotionally invested in the characters to the point that I really cared what happened to them.