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!