Deep Diving by Cate Ellink: Review

August 20, 2014 Naughty Ninjas, Reviews 0 ★★★★½

I was provided with an advance reader copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.

Deep Diving by Cate Ellink: ReviewDeep Diving by Cate Ellink
four-half-stars
Published by Escape Publishing on August 26, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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From Cate Ellink comes a sun-soaked, sandy, seaside erotic novel about a tropical paradise, two athletes used to getting physical, and a sex-filled, no-strings holiday fling. 

Samantha is celebrating her newly retired status from competitive triathlons with a diving holiday in her favourite place in the world: Australia’s Lord Howe Island. But all divers need a buddy, and Sam can’t dive solo. A chance meeting with rugby league superstar Cooper Sterling in the dive shop seems serendipitous. Sam can’t wait to have a partner who might be able to keep up with her.

It soon becomes evident that Cooper and Sam are compatible both in and out of the water, and things gets seriously sexy. But Sam is disinclined to be another football groupie, and Cooper has been burned before. So the rules are clear: a holiday fling, no strings attached, and they part as friends at the end.

But as the final days of their time together come to a close and a life apart becomes a reality, Sam and Cooper start to question their decision. Is this holiday fling really the finish line or can Sam and Cooper turn their friendly competition into more than sizzling sex?

The first Ninja review for today is for Cate Ellink’s upcoming Escape Publishing release, Deep Diving. Releasing in just a few days from now, this fantastic new erotic romance has so much of my catnip: cool setting, athletes, hot HOT sexytimes and a ripping good connection between the hero and heroine.

So, here are my thoughts on Deep Diving:

It’s not often I get the chance to read a romance where both the hero and heroine are athletes – usually that is the hero. So you can imagine how happy I was to find out that both Sam and Cooper were professional athletes. For me, that both knew what it was like to devote so much of their life to the same pursuit made their initial connection all the more believable.

Even though the story takes place over a relatively short period of time, I totally believed in the chemistry between Sam and Cooper. As dive buddies and running mates, they work so well, but it is in their romantic and physical connection that they truly come to life. There are crazy hot sexytimes in Deep Diving, and plenty of them, however they are never gratuitous or feel as if they’ve been chucked in to fill a quota. Fruit platters may never be viewed in the same way, though…..

I wanted to scream “Hallelujah” from the rooftop when the age difference between Sam and Cooper was not constantly used as an excuse for them to not be together. Sam may be older by close to a decade, but there’s not this constant sense of “I’m too old”.

Oh yeah, I dare you to come away from reading Deep Diving without wanting to visit Lord Howe Island. Ever since a high school geography assignment in a time and galaxy far, far away, I’ve always been fascinated by this beautiful island. However, the vividly descriptive way in which Cate describes the surrounds in which Sam and Cooper are visiting….well, it just makes me want to take a holiday there right now.

If you are in the market for a fun, sexy, likeable and hot love story, Deep Diving will be entirely up your alley. It would be a perfect read for sitting by the pool. Just make sure you grab yourself a fan, because things do get steamy!

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