All At Sea: Book Review

(Toronto Series: Book 9)
By Heather Wardell

Melissa and Owen met on New Years' Eve and he proposed on Valentine's Day. Now it's March, and they're about to set sail on a two-week Caribbean cruise - and get married on the last day at sea. Though their relationship's moving fast, Melissa's wanted to be married for years and she knows the smart stable Owen is a great catch so she's sure they'll be fine.

At least, she's sure until she meets his brothers on the cruise and discovers she's dated both of them: Austin, the fun-loving flirt whose kisses still haunt her dreams, and Nicholas, the sweet horror movie fan whose lack of ambition upset her in ways she still doesn't understand.

Melissa expected to spend tons of time onboard with her fiancé, but he instead spends nearly his every waking moment in the casino displaying a previously unseen love of gambling. This surprise, and the time she spends with Nicholas and with Austin, makes her question everything she thought she wanted.

Her relationship with Owen was just fine before, but suddenly 'just fine' doesn't seem good enough to keep a marriage alive for a lifetime. Melissa has two weeks to decide: stay with Owen or jump ship.
Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Review: Melissa is ready to begin her life as a married woman. As her mother keeps reminding her, Owen is quite a catch. He's settled, has a good job, and seems like the perfect husband. Owen and Melissa plan to get married on the last day of a two week cruise. This will give her plenty of time to get to know his family. The only problem is she already knows his brothers, Austin and Nicholas--maybe a little too well. Maybe better than she knows her own fiance, who seems more interested in the casino than in spending time with her. As it turns out, Melissa has dated both of Owen's brothers, and having them on the cruise with her suddenly makes her question her relationship with Owen.

ALL AT SEA is a story of romance and self-discovery. When Melissa steps aboard the cruise ship, she believes she has everything figured out. She knows what she wants and who she is. Or does she? Over the course of the two week cruise, it isn't just Owen she has doubts about. She discovers she has a few things to learn about herself. Melissa doesn't need the right man to save her. She doesn't need to be swept off her feet. She needs to be true to herself, and that's what happens in this book. Yes, there's romance. Yes, there are some wacky characters (quiet pool, anyone?) who sometimes made me laugh out loud. But ultimately, this story was so much more.

Romance lovers and fans of women's fiction will love this book. Though it's the 9th book in a series, it can be read as a standalone. I wholeheartedly recommend this book!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

***Be sure to stop by tomorrow to read my review of the sequel, PLAN OVERBOARD.***

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