veritas-by-mj-duncanVeritas by MJ Duncan takes you on a romance filled cruise of the British and American Virgin Islands. Lauren Murphy is a New York chef looking to get some down time during a working holiday as a personal chef on a chartered yacht. She meets the gorgeous but distant captain Grey Wells who seems angry at her presence on the boat.

Generally romance novels have me rolling my eyes at the over dramatic story lines. This book has none of that, it is completely entertaining and ensnaring all on its own.

The Characters

I’m generally not a fan of romances because the characters are usually painted as caricatures of people. MJ Duncan manages to masterfully avoid this and create characters who seem true and react emotionally in very realistic ways.

While Grey at first seems like the classic brooding hero, you learn that her emotions come from a deeply tragic place and that she is simply doing her best to cope with the circumstances before her. On the other hand Lauren needs to make a really difficult choice which rings true for someone of her age.

The side characters, especially the guests on the cruises were really delightful and quite well developed.

The Writing Style

The writing style is fantastic, for me this means that it is clean of grammar and spelling mistakes, it has a good pace and most importantly, effortlessly creates a believable world.

The Pros

A fun, light romance perfect for lovers of a happy ending without too much drama.

The Cons

I really, really, really want to go on a private cruise in the Virgin Islands. Oh and waffles, I really want some of those too.

The Conclusion

This is a great read for lovers of romance and escapism. The book is enjoyable and easy to read.

Book Quote

The kiss was slow, deep, and hungry, a desperate combination of lips and teeth and tongue that left no question as to where things between them were headed.

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ISBN number: 9780692023969

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Note from Sheena: This book was part of a challenge to authors. I challenged them to help me make Tamara (my wife) love lesbian literature as much as I do. I received a free review copy of this book for review. No money was exchanged for this review. I will always endeavour to review books as honestly as possible and on occasion I refuse to review books.

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Working as a chef aboard a private yacht might not seem like a vacation for most people, but to Lauren Murphy, a highly-regarded sous chef at a top New York restaurant, the opportunity to spend seventeen days in the Virgin Islands, sailing from one tropical location to the next, while having complete freedom to create her own menus is a dream come true. Enter Grey Wells, the owner and captain of the Veritas, and the most complicated person Lauren has ever met. Cold and distant one minute and then cautiously friendly the next, Lauren is compelled to get to know her better. What happens when she does, however, is enough to change both of their lives forever.