Today I pass the blog to Mandie who has a review of book one in the Oceanic Dreams series of books, I Saw Him Standing There by Holly Kerr. With thanks to the author who provided the copy for review, here is what the book is about:
About the Book
This stowaway sets sail for love!
Small-time con artist Siggy needs to get out of town fast. When she’s offered tickets on the legendary Oceanic Aphrodite, Siggy jumps at the chance to get away. A week on a luxury cruise ship, with a suitcase full of clothes and all expenses paid? Yes, please! The only catch is that she has to pretend to be someone else.
No problem. Siggy has no intention of getting close enough anyone to discover her secrets.
But this is the Oceanic Aphrodite and love is in the air. When Siggy sees assistant cruise director Will taking tickets, Cupid’s arrow hits the target. Luckily, Will’s too busy smiling at her to check out her fake passport because he’ll toss Siggy off the ship if he finds out about the scam.
Onboard, dolphins and cameras and runaway ferrets bring Siggy and Will together. The more time they spend together, the more Siggy wants to tell him the truth.
Cupid’s arrow has struck deep but can Siggy stop running?Available from Amazon UK | Amazon US | Amazon.Ca
I Saw Him Standing There is the first book in a series of eight in the Oceanic Dreams Series. Each one of these books is being written by a different author so I am both excited and intrigued to see how the different writing styles will fit together.
In this instalment we meet Siggy who is trying to escape both her past and the current situation she has found herself in. Mistaken for an Uber driver, help comes in the form of Petra Van Brereton who decides at the last minute she no longer wants to go on the cruise aboard the Oceanic Aphrodite. Encouraged to use both her ticket and passport, Siggy sees this as a way to put some distance between her and her troubles and give her the space to re-evaluate her life.
Although I did like Siggy and enjoyed watching her slowly return to her past life there were also times I wanted to shake her senseless. She knew the situation was of her making however she did at times fail to own up to her responsibilities and looked for the easy way out. It is only when her past is thrown into her path again that she starts to look for a way to make amends and re connect with her family.
Her connection with Will was really charming, however you just knew that at some point there would be trouble ahead when her lies caught up with her and the truth came out. That being said, there was some real humour between them during their encounters that had me smiling and her real affection for Miles and his partner who take her under their wing, giving her sound advice and support comes through very well.
This is definitely a book for the lover of rom-coms and the pace is sufficient to keep the reader engaged throughout. I have the feeling that these can definitely be read as stand-alone books but personally I look forward to reading the series to see what happens to the next passengers aboard the Oceanic Aphrodite. Definitely a series to take on holiday for a quick read by the pool.
About the Author
Holly Kerr writes contemporary women’s fiction/chick-lit/romance and doesn’t particularly enjoy talking about herself in third person.
Her books include Coming Home and Unexpecting. Look for Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder.
If you require more information about Holly and her books feel free to visit her website or follow her Blog. At times she discusses the craft of writing but usually she muses about her life and what’s she reading, writing or watching. Following her blog would be a great way to make Holly happy.