Forced to share a stateroom with her ex-fianc�, Caitlyn fakes amnesia to stay on board her dream Alaskan cruise. Torn over deciding his future, Cruise Director Gregory tumbles into helping her. As they grow closer, unspoken secrets threaten to rip them apart, for good.
Rachelle Paige Campbell writes contemporary romance filled with heart and hope. No matter the location—big city, small town, or European kingdom—her feel-good stories always end with a happily ever after. She’s grateful for the support of her family, her robot floor cleaner, and her reluctant writing partner (her dog).
I've only been on one cruise before, but thankfully, it wasn't as eventful as this one was for Caitlyn. I was cringing, laughing, and deeply sympathizing with this poor girl, as she awkwardly stumbled her way through a ton of personal growth, while trying to make the best of her life-long dream of seeing Alaska.
Caitlyn is the type of character who doesn't dare take any chances and has no self-confidence. She's not living--she just merely exists--but this cruise is exactly what she needs to rely on herself and overcome her life challenges and fears. The vulnerability of her character gave me an affinity for her and an extensive pity for her situation. I even had a dream while reading this that I was on a cruise and in her position and it was quite embarrassing.
As this story has a definite romantic comedy vibe, I wanted a tad more romance throughout, but all parties keep a tight grasp on their feelings, for good, yet vastly different reasons. Greg exudes confidence, but he has his own demons to battle and he's very disciplined in his actions, if nothing else. I craved the budding blooms of romance and wanted more. There were also a few times when the points-of-view shifted in an uncomfortable and unclear way, almost repeating sections, but from the opposite view.
All in all, this was a fun, easy read that entertained. Campbell does a good job of portraying accurate feelings and character development that played on my emotions and allowed me a contented escape.
Content: mild romance
*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*
Caitlyn is finally taking the vacation she’s always dreamt, an Alaskan cruise, only instead of sharing the cabin with her sister, she’s sharing it with her ex-fiancé, Adam. Talk about awkward. When she bumps into Greg, the cruise director she initially met above deck, she explains her dilemma. He’s sympathetic but there’s really nothing he can do. Caitlyn tells a teeny lie, saying she doesn’t know who this Adam is, but it still doesn’t help. She tries to make the best of the cruise but she misses her sister. A chance encounter with Greg offers her the opportunity to overcome her fear and brings them closer. Will Caitlyn finally be free to move on with her life and discover new joys or will her tiny lie destroy everything?
I must admit to having a passion for romance on cruise ships. It takes me back to the days when I watched Love Boat on tv while doing my homework. It’s the ambiance of it all. That same feeling is the undercurrent of Love Overboard. It moves at a slow, steady pace with colorful characters. There’s an immediate attraction between Caitlyn and Greg but it blooms into romance at an easy tempo. The three main characters don’t create a love triangle but instead, help each other move forward in their lives. The plot has its fair share of conflicts but it is well-crafted and the author uses them to challenge the characters. Another triumph for this book is the emotional turmoil Caitlyn and Greg go through. Told in alternating POV, the reader connects with them and feels a part of their story. The ending gave my heart all the feels. Such a sweet romance and one I highly recommend!
Caitlyn. I connected with her from the start. She goes through so much in this story and must screw up her courage, no matter the consequences. She reminded me of a younger me and I kept whispering in her ear to embrace all that life has to offer. Take risks, for the greatest risk (love) is also the most fulfilling.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
First of all, this IS a completely clean romance. There is not a single thing that is inappropriate in this book. While deceit is something that appears in relation to the two main characters, it is demonstrated through the way these characters interact and what ultimately happens that honesty is always the best policy. To be honest, the fact that these characters make real mistakes endears them to me all the more because there is no one on earth who hasn't made an error in judgment at least once in their lives.
This book was an absolute delight to read! I savored the story in its entirety, and I was thoroughly charmed and entertained by both main characters. The author told a simple but relatable story. The fact that she added music into the mix was a delightful bonus for me since I am a musician and was a music teacher at one point in my life. Although I have never been on a cruise, the descriptions were enough to grant me a glimpse into this sort of vacation.
While this book may not seek to tell more than a story of romance filled with heart, I cannot complain about that! There are enough books out there that speak to social and political issues as well as women's rights. This is not the focus of such a darling contemporary romance such as this. Caitlyn stands up for herself, finds a kindred spirit who believes in her, and while the ending is never in doubt, when I ended my brief respite with this novel, I felt just like I do when I watch a good Hallmark movie. Warm, fuzzy, and filled with hope for the days ahead.Thank you to this author who took the time to tell a story full of love, hope, and joy!
I thought this was a cute and fun book to read. I liked the idea of the characters who both are hiding pieces of themselves to protect themselves from hurt. Imperfect characters are the ones that I relate to the most.
This book has many moments that made me chuckle. Caitlyn is either one of the klutziest people or luckiest. Her misfortune brings her into the radar of Gregory. There is some serious chemistry between the two of them.
This is a wonderful escape book to read. I loved "going" on an Alaskan Cruise with them. I hope to be able to see some of the places described in the book. I could picture them in my mind. I love it when a book helps me envision the characters and setting.
I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
An easy quick read for contemporary romance read. This story is about sticking it out when a cruise trip goes wrong. It’s about discovering oneself through overcoming shyness. And there’s a love story as well. The story and character development may not be as deep as the book blurb to the story initially implies, as well as the switching back and forth between the thoughts of the two main characters is a bit choppy, but overall, readers will enjoy this short, sweet read.
Genre: contemporary, romance Publisher: Wild Rose Press Publication date: February 24, 2020 Number of pages: 202
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Love Overboard is a really nice short and sweet romance read. Caitlyn found herself in a shockingly embarrassing Alaskan cruise, one that was suppose to be with her sister, but turned out very differently. In the beginning, I grew to like these characters, and the plot kept me wanting to keep reading to know the ending. The cruise was a fun setting, though the atmosphere was not the fun happy place Caitlyn wanted to be. Her sister was to be her roommate, not a strange guy she had never met named Greg. But she was determine to take the crhise anyway, but she didn’t aimed for it to change her life completely like it did.
I think this is more of a novella, because it is rather short. And I enjoy a short book at times when I don’t have the time to read a full book. For me, it seemed that the characters didn’t fully develop as deep as I wanted them to. But all in all it is a great romance to read. I encourage you to check this book out for a fee hours of entertainment and enjoyment.
I would like to thank the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
I (still) have a soft spot for stories with supernatural, action and adventure elements. Lately, having in view the wrong direction in which the specific genres tend to go, I turned to contemporary romance which was never my first choice. Rachelle Paige Campbell's Love Overboard is a good ambassador of this genre.
It is a sweet, clean romance in which love and lust are subtly discovered, combined and served in perfect doses making me really enjoy the company of the characters.
Drastingly limiting space and the personages, the author did great in building the relationship between the (im)possible (future) lovers. I liked how the author managed their internal monologues and their dialogues over the same subjects yet without repetitions, as always something different, new was added, changed. Also, I liked how their self-discovery (... journey) was played and how affects the said relationship.
I believe that the main goal declared or not, of the contemporary romance is to give readers hope that, similar to the characters of the story, they will still find their Happy Ever After. And if the HEA is (should be) a given in a romance, the trip to reach it becomes the most important aspect. Mrs. Campbell's Alaskan cruise is a great choice despite or because of the threats of the icebergs of the sea or our souls. Enjoy!
I've never been on a cruise ship, but I very much want to go! It was fun to feel like I was on a cruise while reading. This story talks about a girl that gets on a cruise that she had saved up her money for a long time. A few months before the cruise Caitlyn and her fiance break up. She was surprised to see him on the ship and married. Caitlyn on the spur-of-the-moment decides to tell a "little" lie that she had lost her memory. Thankfully a sweet guy comes into her life, but he happens to work on the ship.
Greg and Caitlyn both go through ups and downs with work and life. It's sweet to see them both grow stronger to take care of their lives because of the friendship they build. It's always fun to see friendships turn into a bit more than just feeling like "friends."
Love Overboard is such a cute romance. If you love oceans, traveling, and Clean Contemporary Romance then this book is for you!
Extreme introvert Caitlyn steps outside of her comfort zone and onto a cruise ship. Her dream vacation appears doomed from the get-go. And that’s before she discovers her ex-fiance is sharing her stateroom. It takes circumstances beyond her control and a kind cruise director to get Caitlyn to take some calculated risks.
While I felt there was much deeper character development for Caitlyn than for Greg, mostly due to the vague nature of Greg’s conflict throughout most of the book, the connection with these two is undeniable. And I appreciated how Caitlyn and her ex ended their trips with a better understanding of each other.
Rachelle Paige Campbell gives readers a peek into cruise life as well as a handful of the wonders of Alaska. Love Overboard is mostly a story of stepping out of your comfort zone and realizing that some risks are worth taking.
Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
This was a great escape for a couple of hours on a cold and windy winter day. I liked Caitlyn right away and really felt for her, trying to find her way after losing both of her parents. She misses the company of her sister, but decides to go ahead and go on this cruise anyway after taking so many years to save for it. The only problem is, she had purchased the two tickets with her now ex-fiance and he has apparently decided to still go. He's married now and wants the trip as his honeymoon. Neither one of them will budge.
I admit that this small part of the plot was a bit hard for me to believe. Even after Caitlyn refuses to give up her half of the room and the cruise, Adam stays on board and leaves his bride behind, expecting her to meet him in various ports for a few hours at a time. I can totally appreciate his stubbornness, because I am quite stubborn. I just cannot believe his wife would put up with it.
Caitlyn feigns amnesia and gets the ship staff on her side, especially the charming cruise director Greg. When the two of them meet, they feel an instant connection and familiarity that draws them to each other. They spend time on the ship getting to know each other, especially after Caitlyn's surprise super talent ends up being able to help Greg out of a tricky situation. I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow as they also were able to grow as people, overcoming major personal obstacles, not realizing how much they were helping each other in this short period of time.
The end felt slightly rushed in a way, but overall it was a fun story to read. Despite my minor hiccups at the very beginning and very end, the middle part kept me quite captivated, plus it was a fast read. It was definitely a different kind of plot than I've seen in a while, which I appreciated!
Thank you to the author and publisher for my review copy via Prism Book Tours. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I received a free copy of this book and the following is my 100% honest opinion without the author's expectation of the review.
This was such a quick easy read. It was a wonderful clean romantic story. Forced to share a stateroom with her ex-fiancé, Caitlyn fakes amnesia to stay on board her dream Alaskan cruise. Torn over deciding his future, Cruise Director Gregory tumbles into helping her. As they grow closer, unspoken secrets threaten to rip them apart, for good. This story made me laugh cry and feel sorry for Caitlyn. I can’t imagine staying on a cruise with an ex, much less stay in the same small cramped cabin. This was well written and very enjoyable. It shows us that honesty is the best policy and that no matter your situation you can learn and grow from it. Such sweet story I highly recommend it.
I really enjoyed this short and sweet cruise ship romance. The characters were so relatable, especially Caitlyn. From the moment she accidentally dropped her phone overboard (with me it was in the tub - cringe!) to when her ex-fiance shows up (with me, I was the last to know I was getting dumped on a trip - grrr!) to her time spent getting to know Greg (yep, and I got my man!) it was one giant ocean-going adventure after the other making it a fun read. I loved the chemistry between the main characters and before long, I was cheering for love to prevail. I think you will too as you escape into this terrific heartwarming book.
I received this complimentary book upon request and am voluntarily leaving my review. All opinions are my own.
Apparently this is another case of did I read the same book as everyone else? here. Wooden characters who spend more time in their heads than actually growing a real life romance on the outside made reading this relatively short book a drawn out and tedious experience. Too much telling, not nearly enough showing--the reader barely knows that they're on a cruise ship and visiting Alaksa, except that the characters think about it occasionally. Overall, this book could have used a few more passes with an editor or two, and a lot more revision. I only finished it because it was so short and I'm behind in my reading goals--I didn't want to DNF two books in less than a week and waste the reading time. Though I'm rethinking that strategy now, TBH...
Cute characters with believable development arc, left me wanting much more!
This work was simple, sweet, and more internally focused on the characters and what lies beneath. This wasn't as much about finding love on a cruise as it was finding the opportunity to discover what we truly want in life. The writing was good, but felt a bit unpolished and many things were repeated unnecessarily, or plot lines jumped around a bit. There were a lot of opportunities to explore more and add depth to the story that made it seem a bit flat and hyper focused. I definitely enjoyed the story but was left wanting more in many ways.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.
I received this book via Voracious Readers Only to read and review. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and view the Alaskan scenery that I would love to visit. This author paints a great picture and sets the scenes well. The love story was filled with encouragement and laughter and spiced with sorrow and struggles.
Overall a great read, but there were a few instances of editing that missed the mark. Clearly some words were changed but the old ones were left in making you have to reread the sentence to figure out what was meant to be written. It was an annoyance but didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story.
I have read a couple of books from this author and look forward to reading many more.
I enjoyed reading Love Overboard. Caitlyn goes on an Alaskan cruise. She was supposed to be going with her sister but didn’t work out that way. Seeing Alaska is something I always wanted to do so reading about it is very enjoyable. Caitlyn never imagined she might fall in love on the cruise.
The story starts out with Caitlyn’s cell phone falling in the water. We all know how hard it is without a phone. Other adventures at sea continue from there. The book was fun to read.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Prism book tours. This book review is my own opinion.
Love Overboard is a sweet, beautiful story. I can deeply relate to Caitlyn's shyness, and I have to admit I admire her for sticking it out even when her ex-fiance shows up. Greg might have some problems of his own lurking in his past, but their easiness together smacks of love at first sight (or bump). A great heart-warming read that will have you rooting for love.
This was such a sweet story! It was like a hallmark movie in book form! There is absolutely no sex, nor does either party go into any great detail about the others body or any kind or steam. It was a beautiful little melody of innocence and a book I could confidently allow my super conservative mother to read.
This was just an OK read for me. I didn't find the characters all that interesting. I didn't feel any chemistry between the main characters. The story dragged for me in places. I did love the descriptions of Alaska and it made me want to go on an Alaskan cruise.