Published by Escape
Released on August 26, 2014
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