Review: Deep Diving by Cate Ellink

Posted April 21, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 19 Comments

Review: Deep Diving by Cate Ellink
Deep Diving

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Genres: Erotic Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Escape
Released on August 26, 2014
Pages: 180
Format: eBook
Source: Giveaway

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The Delight

A sea side holiday fling between two Australian sports pros held tons of appeal and I was glad to take it down and dust it off my shelf.  It was sizzling hot, but had a nice undercurrent of emotion to drive the relationship forward.


Deep Diving is a fast-read standalone set on an Australian island for two people looking for a sea diving holiday.  Sam is a newly retired pro triathelete now coach who encounters Cooper a star football player.  The extent of the story is one week, but so much happens from them starting as diving buddies with a strong attraction, to holiday bed buddies with rules about parting after, and then the feelings get involved.

I was all set for this to play out in the usual way, but then I perked right up.  Sam is telling the story and it is not long before her personality shines forth.  Samantha is 38 and she is a vibrant, confident and competitive woman.  She has no problem saying what she thinks or what she wants.  She is not abrasive or rude, but just certain.  Though, yes, she likes her control and likes to dictate the pace of things.  She’s used to men wanting her and used to being with hard-bodied athletic men so she sees Cooper as a nice distraction and part of the holiday.  At first.

This was hot and this pair got up to some erotic escapades between their wonderful adventures diving, snorkeling, hiking, and running.  Incidentally, I loved seeing pro athletes acting like… well, athletes.  They enjoyed active pursuits, but appreciated the view and, photography, in Cooper’s case.  The meal descriptions were sumptuous but not decadent.  They were playing and having fun.  Friends and lovers with common interests, but then a relationship snuck up on them.

Sam is awkward with social situations, particularly, when she senses a relationship happening, but I thought it was neat how the author used this for this pair to have adult conversations about where they are at in life and what they want.  Oh sure, Sam is terrified and wants to do a runner each time she realizes that she is falling just a little bit more for Cooper.  They are quite the pair so attracted and perfect for each other and I thought their awkward moments of trying to talk about feelings and a possible future was adorable.

All in all, this book was a delightful surprise.   Glad it won the TBR vote Its holiday, sports, and erotic romance bundled together, but it ventures past the usual and gives a fun story for a pair that I really enjoyed for their uniqueness.  I can heartily recommend this one to those who enjoy contemporary sports romance with a more than a dash of spice.


Romance Roundabout #136 ER
Mt. TBR #56




About Cate Ellink

Cate Ellink became intrigued by the erotic when her grandfather used to pass books to her father saying, “Don’t let the girls read page X.” Although her mother and sisters never bothered to chase those pages, Cate always did. Invariably, her imagination was better than what she read.

While pursuing a career in science, Cate amused herself by writing about ordinary events and giving them an erotic twist. It’s taken more than a few years to bravely expose her mind to the public. While the events in her stories may have occurred, it’s highly likely that her imagination is far more exciting than the reality.

Cate lives near the beach in NSW, Australia, with a long-suffering husband.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • it looks good and I like that it’s a different setting here

    • The setting was fabulous. I got to do some vicarious traveling to an Australia island and have a summer holiday. 🙂

  • Love that sea side holiday theme.

    • Oh yes, I just sunk right in and pretended I was there. 🙂

  • I haven’t read this one but glad to hear you enjoyed it.

  • Under the Covers

    Hadn’t seen this around until now sounds like it could be a fun one!

    • There are some really good ones coming out of Australia’s Harlequin Label, Escape Publishing. And, of course, many of them are set in the land of Oz and by Australian authors. 🙂

      • Under the Covers

        I will need to make an effort to look these up, I don’t think I ever come across them. I like reading books set in the land of Oz 😉

        • The wonderful settings are definitely a key factor in my choice. I loved the island life of this one, for sure.

  • Oh well that has so many bits and pieces I like. I do enjoy a little awkward now and again, too 🙂

    • I was expecting a formulaic ‘meet on the island, be attracted, deny your feelings’ and then I got this. It was great. They actually had a frank discussion about wanting or not wanting kids. I loved all the serious convos between the playing and sexing. Yeah, you just might like it. 😉

  • JenM

    OMG, I’m a diver myself so I MUST read this. As if the diving wasn’t enough, I also love books featuring more mature leads who actually act like adults and use their words instead of storming off and refusing to talk to each other so that’s a double win. Thanks for the review. I probably never would have heard of this book otherwise.

    • I think you’ll love it then, Jen- or, at least hopefully as long as the diving details are right. I wouldn’t know. 🙂
      Yes, I did love the way they talked and dealt with things. They might not have talked at first, but they didn’t do all the drama stuff, either. It was just a different type of situation b/c they are both pro athletes and totally get where the other is coming from and refreshing for that.

  • This sounds pretty good! I like that these two stay so busy with each other and Sam can be a bit awkward. Glad you enjoyed it, Sophia Rose!

    • Yes, they were such a busy pair and made me tired just reading their active play. 🙂

  • And this all took place during one week? Pretty similar to one I just read for Delighted Reader. Well except for being athletes. So it sounds good to me. Glad you enjoyed it!
    I’m trying to get Discus to display my new avatar. Ugh

  • And all this happens in one weeks time. I read a very similar one for this blog last week except they weren’t athletes. Glad you enjoyed it!

    • Yep, one week. I think it worked because of how much frank talking they did, including important things like what they wanted in the future about career, relationships, kids. They covered the important bases and spent all day and nights together.

      Oh cool! Can’t wait to read your thoughts on it when it posts, Lorna!