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All the Way to Shore

(Stories from the Shore #1)

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Jonathan Vallen has never felt good enough. A gentle musician who loves to garden, he’s woefully unsuited to running Vallen Industries, the family business. When his father hires a hotshot executive, Marco Pellegrini, to save the company, Jonathan moves away and leaves his humiliation behind. A year later and forty pounds lighter, Jonathan runs into Marco on an LGBT ...more
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Published April 19th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press LLC (first published November 23rd 2016)
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CrabbyPatty
Jonathan has a musician's heart and soul, but his domineering father has unsuccessfully forced him into the family business, Vallen Industries. When the business is on the edge of collapse, dashing, handsome, Italian hottie Marco Pellegrini is brought in to save the day. For Jonathan, it's a wake-up call to re-evaluate his life. Jonathan barely looks up from his Hush Puppies when Marco and Jonathan debrief in a few short meetings before Jonathan leaves Vallen Industries and moves to Cape Cod.

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Karen
3.5 stars rounded down because still no 1/2 stars here on GR and this one didn't quite make it into the rounding up zone but it was definitely a solid 3+ stars listen for me.

And this time the journey is being made on the ocean...

That's right I'm still traveling and so are the MCs in my audiobooks...

This time I'm going on a cruise with Jonathan Vallen and Marco Pellegrini as each man attempts to get a break from the life they lead and maybe find a little romance along the way only to discover
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Sandra
When the author approached me with a request to read and review this book, I took a look at the blurb and happily agreed.

This book has all the elements I look for in a romance novel - well-fleshed out, complex main characters with imperfections, a believable romantic relationship, an realistic stumbling block derailing the romance for a little while, and a wonderful supporting cast. Add to that the underlying theme of figuring out who you really are, and what you really want out of life, and I
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Serena Yates
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, gay
This novel contains a lot of my favorite elements: realistically flawed characters, a dream-worthy romance that manages not to develop along a “standard”, straightforward path, a villain who made me want to wring his neck more than once, and some outstanding, quirky secondary characters who might have stolen the show if the two leading men hadn’t been so fabulous. Jonathan struggles with his self-confidence and how to step out of his overbearing father’s shadow, and Marco is a super successful ...more
Serena Yates
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020, gay
This novel contains a lot of my favorite elements: realistically flawed characters, a dream-worthy romance that manages not to develop along a “standard”, straightforward path, a villain who made me want to wring his neck more than once, and some outstanding, quirky secondary characters who might have stolen the show if the two leading men hadn’t been so fabulous. Jonathan struggles with his self-confidence and how to step out of his overbearing father’s shadow, and Marco is a super successful ...more
Jess
I received a copy of the second book in this series from IndiGo as an ARC, so I bought this one over the weekend to read beforehand. I'm glad it was a quick and fun read that made me perfectly happy to dig into the sequel.

There's a bit of a false start to this book. We meet slouchy, sad Jonathan Vallen as he's making a quick exit from his hated position at his father's company. He has failed at business acumen, even after being trained by Marco Pellegrini, a master at reviving companies in the
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Carra
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a big dose of sweet, a nice shot of spicy, and Jonathan and Marco had me swooning over and over. I loved Jonathan's makeover (it actually has me recommitting myself to my own) and how he's reinventing himself after so long being held back by his father. I suppose somemight classify this as a second chance story, but the two of them were never together when they first met and only knew each other for a short time then. I'm justgoing to call this a sweet and swoony romance ;-)

I really
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Alicia
Nov 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-read, insta-love, arcs
3.25 stars

-arc provided via Indigo Marketing and Design for an honest review-

This was an ok read. It kept my interest for the most part, although I did want to skim a little later on. I'm not a fan of Insta love, and this book was all about that. The MCs were ok, but it took way to long for them to reconnect at the end.
So anyway, the basics of the story are as follows. Johnathon has been groomed to become the CEO for his fathers company, but all isn't going well as he really has zero interest
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Anabela.M.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite things about 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗪𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗲 was the particular double POV. Jonathan's provides the most of the book's events but Marco's is formed as diary entries, each ending with reasons to be grateful( which I found really cute).

Jonathan and Marco first met when Jonathan's father hired Marco as CEO of his company. Thanks to the latter's arrival at Vallen Industries, Jonathan could give his resignation from a job he hated and finally make true his wish to move to Cape Cod,where he
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Mollien Fote Osterman
Title: All the Way to Shore
Author: CJane Elliott
Series:
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Mollien
Release Date: November 23, 2016
Genre(s): Male Male Romance
Page Count: 204 pages
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb:


Jonathan Vallen has never felt good enough. A gentle musician who loves to garden, he’s woefully unsuited to running Vallen Industries, the family business. When his father hires a hotshot executive, Marco Pellegrini, to save the company, Jonathan moves away
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Mari  Cardenas
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** Copy provided by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.***

Marco Pellegrini has worked hard all his life to get to where he is now: the new CEO of Vallen Industries, there to help out turn the company around and help train the owner's son, Jonathan, to take over as CEO later. Dealing with Jonathan is not so bad, even if it's obvious he's not CEO material, but after the guy's disappearance and having to deal with Frederick
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Cheryl
Copy received from author via Indigo Marketing and Design in exchange for and honest review.

I realise that I'm in the minority with my opinion on this one but the story just didn't do it for me. I started it, gave up and read something else then came back to it. I can't really put my finger on why I didn't like it. I just never warmed to any of the characters individually and didn't feel any chemistry between the MC's. There was no excitement. It all felt a bit flat and unreal and the dialogue
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Paisleyrowan
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: normmal, reviewed, on-blog
Truly well written. Realistic, emotional and joy-inducing. I was leery, as this story's been told so often, where it could have disappointed, it fully vested me in the characters--even the secondary ones.
This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.
Robert Winter
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet ship-board romance, very low on the angst, no cliffhanger, HEA ... perfect for a rainy afternoon. The MC Jonathan/Jonah was charmingly awkward. The love interest Marco didn't work as well for me but I was still rooting for them as a couple. I really liked the gift-exchange sequence.
ButtonsMom2003
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Audio review:
Narration – 4
Story – 4

I enjoyed this.

This is the second book I've read by CJane Elliott and I enjoyed it. It's the first audiobook I've listened to narrated by Tim McKiernan. I enjoyed his narration but I do think he over-emphasized in some areas. This may be a case where I just need to get used to his narration style. Oftentimes when I listen to a narrator for the first time, I have a few issues but then upon listening to another book that changes.

The blurb does a pretty good job
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Wax
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, own-have
This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.

Reading this book, I felt like it was almost fairy-tale worthy. And after reading the author’s note that she had indeed intended it originally for the Dreamspun Desires line (think Harlequin bodice rippers), it definitely makes sense.

That’s not to say I didn’t like the overall story, though. In fact it was quite easy to root for Jonathan, the sensitive second son who helps in the family
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Morgan  Skye
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2016
3.75 stars - it was originally a Dreamspun Desires... so remember that :)

In the prologue the author tells us that this was originally meant to be a Dreamspun Desire book – meaning high on “trope-isms” and low on steam with a fair amount of drama thrown in. If you keep that in mind and treat it as such, then you won’t be disappointed. This absolutely feels like one of those types of books.

The language is a little floofy, the Big Misunderstanding , the Villianous Father, The Makeover and even the
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Elisa Rolle
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: All the Way to Shore CJane Elliott
1) What an amazing story. This was so refreshing to read. The plot of the story is very well thought out and kept me peeked throughout. I loved how the author really allowed us to get to know the characters and didn't just focus on the romance aspect of the story. The setting was very nicely development and I felt like I was there on the cruise with them. What I liked a lot is how the setting matched the characters. I
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Cathy Brockman
Jonathan wanted to be a musician and garden. But after his mother's death, his father wanted to groom him to take over the family business. He brings in big shot Marco to save the company and teach Jonathan all he knows.
Jonathan finally stands up to his father with the help of his cousin Anthony and moves to the shore in the house his mother left. A year later after a major makeover and loss of 40 pounds, Anthony convinces him to go on a gay cruise where he runs into Marco. Anthony gives the
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Mickie Ashling
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook review- Survivor's guilt and his father's unrealistic expectations almost ruined Jonathan's life until he grew a pair and decided to make some positive changes. Marco was at the top of his game, career-wise, but something was missing. He couldn't figure out why he wasn't happy until he booked passage on an LGBT cruise with his sister. When he first laid eyes on Jonathan he had more questions than answers but everything slowly fell into place. Until it didn't. I enjoyed this slow burn ...more
Diane
If there is ever a man who deserves to be charged with mental cruelty it is the 'father' in this story. I hate to even give him the title of father since he does nothing that has earned him that right. A sensitive young man, so desirous of his father's love, foregoes his own ambitions and strives to be the 'man' his father wants. Luckily love opens his eyes to the strength inside and the future bright enough for both of them!
Joelle
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joelle by: SH-Book with body of water on cover
4.5 stars

This started off pretty slow for me and I wasn't sure I was going to love it but once we got past the initial awkwardness, I found myself lost in the story and really enjoying it. I liked laidback Marco and confident Jonah. Did not like the father at all. What a tool he was!

I absolutely loved the way it ended. It was perfectly done.
Tammy
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5*

I loved reading Marco's journal! I enjoyed Jonathan's transformation into a healthier person in a new surroundings. Each secondary character also helped build up and not tear down their respective relative. Cute shipboard romance that didn't have an awful lot of angst. Very enjoyable book!
M.J. Calabrese
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I so enjoyed this story

Marco and Jonathon are two of the best characters I've read in a long time. Jonathon goes from ugly duckling to swan then warrior as he fights to get Marco back. I will be reading more from this author.
pkczetalife
Modern day Cinder(f)ella, but I am okay with that.
Jumi Ramirez
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet romance ...more
Amneris Cesare
Lame story, lame characters, lame development. Everything was Meh! Yack!
Emilie
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good...
Pianka *call me PIU*
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
“All the Way to Shore” is a harlequin worthy romance which has insta-love, cute and sweet romance, a villain trying to separate the lovers, angst and gooey love. I am not a big fan of inst-love but this story felt right. The development was smooth even if it happens just in the course of three days. The angst was not over the top. It hiked up the anticipation for the reunion of the lovers. The story also touched some big issues which the people from the LGBT community face in their work life. I ...more
Karen
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

In the acknowledgments of the book, the author mentions that she was writing for Dreamspinner's Dreamspun Desires line. So if you're a fan, this book is exactly what you want to read. It's sweet, fairly low angst, with a very happy ending. I hope it does end up as a Dreamspun Desires book!

Jonathan Vallen is the second son of a business tycoon. His older brother was the one being groomed to take over the empire, so Jonathan had some freedom
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After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJANE ELLIOTT finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they ...more

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