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Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Ocean Between by Lynda J. Coker

The Ocean Between by Lynda J. Coker
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (242 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Victoria Ballard, a New York financial executive, is one woman who considers men to be an unnecessary bother and annoyance. With her career on track, she focuses on the adoption of four beautiful orphans, a crowning completion of her well-designed life-plan. But, life is a nasty trickster, and it’s about to spring one on her.

Unknown to Victoria, PRINCE RASHID DAVAR has just completed a marriage contract with her father. However, what the Prince does not realize is that it is easier to marry a woman than it is to control one. She may be his wife, but it will take a kidnapping, a battle of wills, and some desert heat of his own before he can claim her love.

Linda Coker takes an old and popular theme and adds an unusual twist to it. If I have any disappointment with this story, it’s only because the influencing factor in the opening chapter that ensures the hero, Prince Alif Benhamin Rashid Davar marries the heroine, Victoria Chantal Ballard, is never mentioned again. And there were plenty of occasions when it could have upped, and widened the intensity of the conflict between her two main characters.

That aside, Ms. Coker’s adept handling of imagery ensures the reader feels they are totally involved in the action and the setting. Her character building offers the readers two people who carry their own baggage and have decisions to make as to how they handle that baggage, and whether they want the end result enough to make the effort.

How often have we resisted the effort required when face with hard decisions? That the author sets stumbling blocks in front of both of her main characters, and they are less than perfect when confronted with them, endears them to her readers.

If you enjoy desert princes, Sheiks, a workaholic heroine and her conflicting desire for motherhood, then everything you want is in this book, and well worth the read.