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But that dream unravels when a hurricane downs their ship the passage from England, leaving Tessa as the ...
But that dream unravels when a hurricane downs their ship the passage from England, leaving Tessa as the sole survivor. Rescued by a passing ship, Tessa's grief soon turns to terror as she realizes she isn't a passenger - she's a captive.
With a future of slavery in the offing, Tessa must rely on Nicholas Holladay, a charismatic sailor with uncertain loyalties. Trusting him could mean Tessa's freedom - or a fate worse than death.
Posted November 19, 2013
This is the type of book I love. I can just get lost in it. I keep sneaking back to it, reading it when I am supposed to be doing other things. It's intended for a teen audience, but I am a mom with young kids and loved it! I loved the history. Learning about the colonization of the Caribbean and real piracy. The romance was obviously the main draw. Fun characters. How can you not love Nicholas? Dashing and daring and giving up all he has for the chance of love and redemption. And the romance was clean and appropriate for a teen audience but enjoyable for me too! If your'e into a love story that is fast-pace, you'll love Oceanswept.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 7, 2013
Posted July 29, 2013
Oceanswept is a romance with great scope and high-hearted drama. It features a fiery heroine, a stalwart and sexy hero, and plenty of swashbuckling action. Very reminiscent of the 'good old days' of piratical romance, as vivid as a Technicolor film. As the book progresses you can see Tessa grow as a person from a spoiled little girl to a woman with a warm heart.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 22, 2013
This book is good at hitting its niche. If you want escapist romance that's appropriate for young adults, you will find it mesmerizing. But with a predictable plot and Mary Sue charcters, it's just a fun read and might leave others thirsty for substance. I would recommend this to my preteen daughter, but I wonder if Lara Hays has the substance planned to catch my attention me her next book.
Posted February 17, 2013
Must-read, outstanding first novel for anyone who loves pirates, or is willing to be swept off their feet by one!
I was given an opportunity to read and review Oceanswept by a fellow book club member who knew the author
and asked if we’d be interested in reading and giving honest reviews about the book as a group.
I’m so glad she did! This was a fun, whirlwind, pirate romance on the high seas. I definitely felt the adventure
as I read the book on a trip to Florida over the long weekend. I basically devoured the book in-between
spending time with my friends I was visiting, and stayed up late every night to read some more!
I finished it on the flight home, where coincidentally, I found an article about St. Kitts and other Caribbean
islands in the in-flight magazine.
Oceanswept keeps up a swift pace, and kept me guessing. This is Lara Hays’ first novel, and I am eagerly
anticipating the sequel. Not only were there emotional twists and turns throughout the story, but also the story
left off with a cliffhanger, albeit an optimistic one. Even though I usually prefer stories to tie up any and ALL
loose ends, with series, I’m a bit more forgiving, and I feel like enough of the plot lines were resolved by the
end of the book to keep me happy, while still continuing to build suspense for the sequel where everything
else will be resolved (and new exciting conflicts will arise, I’m sure).
The point is, Lara needs to keep writing, and write fast! I need to know what happens next for Nicholas and
Tessa. They have a romance that will leave you breathless, and leave you wanting more, but is still appropriate
for everyone. I can see this book being made into a movie, especially with the pirate-shaped hole that Pirates
of the Caribbean has left us with. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and highly recommend this book, and the
sequel Undertow (being written as I type this) to anyone looking for a fun, fast, adventurous read that will put
you on the lookout for dashing pirates.