The Ocean Between

The Ocean Between

by Lynda J. Coker
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Ocean Between 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
VickiLN More than 1 year ago
Jacob Ballard is dying of cancer. To protect some land in the Middle East from being taken from his daughter Victoria, he contracts a marriage between her and Prince Rashad. But Victoria had no desire to be "owned" by this Prince and move to another country. She is a New York financial executive who thinks of men as unnecessary and annoying. Plus, she is in the process of adopting 4 orphans. The tension between them is immediate. When the time comes to marry, she refuses. So Prince Rashad kidnaps her and takes her to his country where women are "owned" by men. That's when the real trouble begins. She isn't used to not being in charge and hates being treated as if she's less than equal to anyone, even a Prince. I loved this book. It's full of every kind of emotion. Victoria and Prince Rashad have mixed feelings for each other. She is attracted to him but can't stand the fact that women in his country are thought of as property that men own. He is attracted to her but can't believe she is so stubborn and is acting the way she is in front of "his people", which is causing him unending embarrasment. So they fight, and yearn silently for each other and fight some more. Did one of them ever bend enough that they could find the love that's right in front of them? I recommend you read The Ocean Between to find out.
AuthorReviewerGeri More than 1 year ago
It has been noted for decades that in the world of romance and relationships, opposites attract, and statistics have shown that many still believe it. Unfortunately, this is a myth for Victoria Ballard, even though her prince charming is tall, dark and handsome. However, the reason why this is a myth for Victoria's situation is because she was forced to marry Prince Rashid Davar, through a marriage contract that was made between her father, and Rashid. Victoria's father, who was the light of her life, agreed on the contract to ensure his peace of mind, prior to his passing. He wanted his daughter to be in good hands. Although his intentions were loving and caring for his daughter's well-being, a forced marriage left Victoria in total devastation, especially when Rashid was the type of man she feared. To make matters worse, she had no intentions to engage in a relationship, or consider marriage. She worked hard, and devoted her life to climbing the ladder of success. She achieved, and her goals and dreams were to continue to improve her career as a New York financial executive. Her father, her career, and her independence meant everything to her, until her entire world fell apart. How does Victoria survive in a forced marriage, with a man she wants to run from, who is known to her as ruthless? Does Victoria and Rashid find love, or a dangerous affair? What tragedy happened in Victoria's life that she takes the blame for? What happened to Victoria's brother? How far does Victoria go with her resentment to Rashid? Why was Victoria determined to reach the top of her father's corporation? I highly recommend this novel to all Contemporary Romance lovers, and to those who enjoy adventure, combined with drama. Lynda Coker created a plot that draws the reader's attention from page-to-page with vivid imagery in a powerfully moving story of love, betrayal, and redemption. The title fits the story like a glove, the characters come to life, and the adventure is filled with challenges as two cultures clash. "THE OCEAN BETWEEN" is as heartbreaking as NOW & FOREVER and contains as much shifting drama as Danielle Steel's KALIDOSCOPE, with Jaclyn Smith, and Perry King.
jodykaygore More than 1 year ago
In The Ocean Between by Lynda Coker, Victoria Ballard is a strong-willed woman of this century. She knows what she wants in life and goes after it with a vengeance, letting nothing stand in her way. She knows she doesn't want a husband or anything that will interfere with her plans. She understands men and really has no use for them and their arrogance. Her father, Jacob, concerned for her safety after a couple of dubious decisions he made about some land in the Middle East, barters with Prince Rashid Davar, arranging a marriage between the two. After tricking Victoria into signing the documents proclaiming her Rashid's wife, they drop the bomb on her. Victoria is understandably incensed at her father's trickery. Prince Alif Benhamin Rashid Davar is also unbending and used to getting what he wants. He can be ruthless in his business dealings, willing to take risks others would think twice about. At first he is loathe to accept Jacob's proposal, but soon changes his mind after seeing Victoria. What would it take to soften such a woman? His reluctance turns to desire to own such a woman. When Victoria sneaks away after being informed of her marriage, Rashid kidnaps her, puts her on his private jet and whisks her away to his home country. The battle of wills that ensues is truly an entertaining read. Victoria is unwilling to be any man's "property." She has her own life and her own ideas on how that life will be lived. She is not going to bend to any man's will. Rashid learns the hard way that Victoria is not like any other woman he has known. She will not be owned. He must learn that to have her respect and love, he must earn it. Disinclined to listen or understand Victoria could cost them both in the end. Lynda's Coker's book shows the cultural differences these two must overcome if they have any hope of bridging The Ocean Between and finding love and happiness. If you are a fan of contemporary, combative romance, where both hero and heroine must bend but neither is willing to do so, you will truly enjoy this book. I look forward to reading more from this author. Terisa Wilcox is a romance writer with L&L Dreamspell, Timeless Mist
tallibreann More than 1 year ago
I cannot stand reading, I try so hard but I get distracted so easy and I forget what I am reading. I have read The Ocean Between over and over because I love it so much. I never get distracted, because this book keeps me guessing what's going to happen next. It is my favorite book and I recommend it to anyone who loves to read and those who don't. If you aren't a reader now.. you will be.