Sea of Love by Melissa Foster
Series: , The Bradens #4
Publisher: World Literary Press (Self-Published) on December 11, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Lacy Snow hadn’t been looking for love when she met strikingly handsome and seductive Dane Braden. But how could she ignore the six-foot-three darkly handsome God who tagged and researched sharks for a living—and made every nerve in her body tangle into an overly sensitive knot? Even her fear of sharks could not suppress their intense attraction.
As the founder of the Brave Foundation Dane Braden travels from port-to-port educating and advocating on behalf of the mammals he adores—and spends his nights finding solace in the arms of strangers. The last thing Dane was looking for when he met Lacy Snow was a relationship, and the last thing he expected was to fall in love.
Fifteen months—and hundreds of flirty emails, steamy phone calls, and sensual video chats later—they reunite, and the two take passion to a whole new level. But when Lacy’s phobia meets Dane’s past love life, and an unexpected tragedy strikes, their steamy romance is upended. Dane and Lacy are forced to face their deepest fears head-on and try and navigate their own sea of love.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Dane Braden wasn’t looking for anything serious, but in the fifteen months since he last saw Lacy Snow, she’s somehow become a huge part of his life. But Skype and Facetime are nothing compared to what he feels when he finally lays eyes on her again.
Lacy Snow knows better than to get involved with a man who makes a living — and makes his home — in a boat traveling around the world. But something about Dane grabs ahold of her, and when they’re finally in the same place, there’s no way they can deny their attraction. But what he does for a living is everything she fears, and falling in love doesn’t necessarily make their lives any more compatible.
I absolutely loved Lacy. She’s outgoing and sweet and fun — and even when things got all kinds of angsty, I understood every decision she made.
To be honest, I didn’t expect to like Dane very much. After learning a little about him in the earlier books, I just couldn’t see how he was going to convince me that he was worth Lacy. But his internal conflict, his initially not being able to name or understand what he was feeling… Well, seeing everything from his perspective had me falling in love with him right alongside Lacy.
While all the characters and stories in this series are very different from each other (and individually wonderful), this one really stood out to me. Maybe it’s that Dane is a flawed guy who doesn’t instantly better himself, but rather takes a bit of time to come to terms with both what he wants and who he wants to be. Or maybe it was the whole anxiety thing that sneaked up on Lacy — it should have irked me, given my usual aversion to fictional issues like that, but she ended up making perfect sense to me.
And of course, there was the romance. These two took a hell of a long time to get their heads straight — kinda reminded me of Treat and Max with their whole self-sacrificing bit — but if ever there were a couple that belonged together! Their chemistry was off the charts, and the connection they shared was so believable that I was right in the middle of the angst-fest with them. Good thing Melissa Foster always delivers a happily ever after!