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Monday, March 30, 2015

Review: Ship of Dreams by Rebecca Heflin / @TastyBookTours @RebeccaHeflin

Title: Ship of Dreams
Series & Book #: Dreams Come True #2
Author: Rebecca Heflin
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
Release Date: February 11, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: Tasty Book Tours

Advertising Diva, Laura Armstrong is after Imperial Cruise Lines, the biggest account of her career and the one that will lead to the next step in her Life Plan of becoming one of the most powerful women in advertising. That winning the account will also prove her father wrong is a bonus.

Sexy Southern Gentleman, Nathan Maxwell, is after that very same account, but for completely different reasons. Landing the account means a sizeable bonus just in time to save his family’s farm, and the only stable home his sister’s ever known, from foreclosure.

When the two end up on the same ship in the middle of the Mediterranean for a clandestine reconnaissance mission, Mt. Vesuvius isn’t the only thing that could erupt.

Will Nathan sink her ship of dreams before it ever leaves port, or will the way to love be smooth sailing?

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Nathan and Laura, two people who know what want, know what they need, and they pursue it with every fiber of their being. Their common goal is an advertising contract for a cruise line that's hoping to draw in a younger demographic. Winning the contract would mean a huge pay raise, prestige and recognition.

But while Laura's approach is more aggressive and wants the account to gain her father's approval, Nathan is more reserved, approaching the deal calmly and coolly, knowing that landing the deal would help save his sister's home.

Laura was, at times, extremely cold, distant, and business-minded. Other times, she was playful, flirty, and the ultimate siren. In those moments, I adored her because the warmth she projected seemed to resonate from her soul. The other times left me wondering where this woman was and why she was trying so hard to win someone's affection who never seemed to care one bit for her.

While I conflicted over Laura, I was rock-steady about Nathan. He was any woman's dream come true. A Southern gentleman through and through, he played by Laura's rules, broke his one, and showed her the passionate man beneath his refined man facade. He also showed through actions more than words that she was worth caring for, that she was worthy of affection, that she deserved to be loved, that she didn't have anything to prove to anyone least of all her dad.

The competitiveness of their business brought out the ugly side of both Nathan and Laura. Jealousy was not a good color on either of them and I couldn't wait for them to squash that green tinted monster and move on.

Hot and sexy, sweet and sensual, Nathan and Laura's journey into forever started on the streets of New York with what seemed like a chance encounter...but really wasn't. Don't ask me to explain that last bit. You'll have to read the story to find out the unexpected twist about their initial meeting.

Rebecca Heflin is an award-winning author who has dreamed of writing romantic fiction since she was fifteen and her older sister snuck a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss' Shanna to her and told her to read it. Rebecca writes women's fiction and contemporary romance. When not passionately pursuing her dream, Rebecca is busy with her day-job as a practicing attorney.

Rebecca is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Florida Romance Writers, RWA Contemporary Romance, and Florida Writers Association. She and her mountain-climbing husband live at sea level in sunny Florida.