Are you a P or a J? My friends who like personality tests have asked me this question, referring to the difference between being a more spontaneous person and one who likes to live according to a schedule. In some ways I am spontaneous, but in others I tend toward being the planner, as evidenced by my blog calendar which currently has posts scheduled out as far away as August.
Having goals can be very important, because without them you can end up just drifting aimlessly through life wondering how you got to the place you are. But if you end up holding onto your goals too tightly, no matter how good or noble they are, you can end up missing out on unexpected joys of life. This was a lesson that Ethan needed to learn. . .
Kings Crossed Lovers
Series: Destined for Love: Resorts, Safe Harbors #4
Published by Emerald Arch Publishing
Publication Date May 31, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Florida Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Ethan Walters has no time for distractions like romance. Not if he's going to have the brilliant medical career he's always dreamed of. But when he's given a trip to a theme park resort as a college graduation present, he can't exactly say no. Even if Samantha—the one girl with the power to dismantle his goals—is tagging along.
Samantha Diederik has managed to avoid her high society mother’s manipulations since the woman moved to Europe. Now she’s back and pressuring Sam to move to New York with her. With that battle on the horizon, Sam proceeds with a vacation with her brother and his roommate. She’s crushed on Ethan for years. They've only met online, but their hours-long conversations are the highlight of her week. Now she has a chance to find out if the cyber magic she's felt with him will translate to real life.
And wow, does it ever—with sparks flying! Now all she has to do is find a way to fight off her mother's machinations while convincing Ethan she won’t destroy his dreams.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: The Trust of a Billionaire, Her Big Fat Dreamy Billionaire Ex, If the Suit Fits, A Change of Plans, Torn Canvas, Swing Vote
Ethan is driven to follow in his stepbrother’s shoes. He knows it means a long hard road of study because he feels that he is not anywhere as brilliant as Braeden. My heart went out to Ethan as he struggled with a need to prove himself, though motivated by the wrong things. . .
One of the saddest themes in literature, in my opinion, is that of a child who has a bad relationship with a parent. Samantha’s mother is so bad, Sam uses the theme of the Wicked Witch of the West for her ringtone. Her desire to grasp onto a semblance of control over her life had led her to rebel and to engage in cutting herself. Fortunately, her dad discovered this and helped her get the counseling she needed, but her mother still had the ability to drive her to despair.
I really liked the way that Ethan and Sam were able to see the things the other needed and were able to speak truth into their lives. Their care for each other was based on years of getting to know each other through video chats with Sam’s stepbrother – Ethan’s best friend and college roommate.
As you’ll see in the author’s bio, she is a Harry Potter geek. This came across in the theme park she created for the book/movie series Ethan and Sam were crazy about which was obviously (even to this non-Harry Potter lover) based on that series. I think it was fun that she created her own theme park for this book.
For those of you who have read Torn Canvas and the other books in the SafeHarbors series, you will, perhaps, recognize Ethan as Braeden’s much younger stepbrother. Many of the characters from that series have cameo appearances in this book and help to save the day in the end. It is not necessary to have read those books in order to enjoy this one.