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Making a Splash by Joanne Rock

Jack Murphy’s Law: When things go wrong, get it on…

Alicia LeBlanc is ready for a new life. Tonight, she’ll be on a catamaran and on her way to running a B and B in Maine. But when the catamaran reaches open sea, she thinks she must be dreaming–because Jack Murphy has just slipped into her bed, and is picking up where he left off five years ago…

It was an honest mistake, really. Navy Lieutenant Jack Murphy simply got into the wrong bed. Now that they’re on the open water, Jack and Alicia have endless opportunities to explore the carnal side of seafaring…and work out all that unresolved sexual tension, completely and thoroughly! But once they hit land, will their hot, steamy chemistry dry up?

Title:Making a Splash
Author:Joanne Rock
Series:The Wrong Bed: Again and Again
The Murphy Brothers (Book 1)
Pages:224
Category / Genre(s):Harlequin / Mills & Boon (Blaze)
Trope(s):Close / Forced Proximity
Second Chance Romance
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Location:US
HEA:✔️
Release Date:23rd August, 2011
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Fairly sub-standard Blaze romance

I’ve always enjoyed a ‘second chance at love’ story and I was excited by the premise of this one as the pair would be stranded together and have to deal with each other and their feelings. Unfortunately, the book just didn’t live up to my expectations.

Alicia was a likeable enough character but, to tell the truth, she came across as a little bland. Jack, surprisingly, didn’t do much for me either. I think the problem was that Jack’s initial reasons for dumping Alicia and joining the Navy seemed a little flimsy and weak. After that, I couldn’t help but feel that every complaint that Alicia had about him (being too controlling etc) was actually true. And since Jack had thought Alicia too young previously, I think she was written as quite bland to ensure she didn’t come across as too immature.

“Unfortunately, the book just didn’t live up to my expectations.”

Another surprising complaint about the book was that there was too much sex! Being a Blaze book you’re obviously going to get a hot and sexy read – and that’s what I want – but it just got a little boring in this particular book. It was as if there wasn’t enough plot so a sex scene was thrown in to try and make it more interesting.

I just couldn’t get into this book, unfortunately. I kept picking it up and planning to read it but I could only manage a few pages each time before I got bored. So it’s not one I would recommend and only 2 stars from me.

USA Today bestselling author Joanne Rock writes romance novels in a variety of sub-genres, from family sagas to sexy contemporaries. A popular workshop speaker, Joanne parlays her experience in the college classroom to substantive seminars that motivate, educate and inspire. Her book Self Promotion: Your Guide to Launching a Book is the culmination of requests for her notes on this topic. She has a Master’s degree in English from the University of Louisville and is the winner of Romantic Times’ WISH Award, the 2015 Snow Globe, multiple Cataromance Reviewers’ Choice Awards and the Golden Heart. Joanne is committed to finding the happily-ever-after joys of the writing life.

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The Murphy Brothers Series:

Book 0.5
Free online read
Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4
Book 5

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