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Love on Deck by Kasey Stockon: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

He calls it fake dating, but she calls it caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.

Lauren Foley and Jack Fletcher already tried to be amicable once—on a blind date that ended in complete disaster. Now, years later, they have to put up with each other for the sake of her sister and his best friend, who are eloping on a cruise to the Bahamas. But that’s not the worst of it. No, Lauren’s in even deeper water when she finds herself agreeing to play Jack’s fake girlfriend for the duration of the cruise.

Now the only thing on her mind is trying not to strangle him when he dials up the charm, but it becomes harder to remember exactly why she ever hated him in the first place. Jack, on the other hand, is enjoying the perks.

Until the cruise lands on American soil again and real life hits them square in the face. Lauren is up for a promotion at work, and Jack promised her something that would secure it. But promises are easily broken, vacation life doesn’t always translate to the real world, and sometimes enemies start that way for a reason.

Book one in the Arcadia Creek romance series, Love on Deck is a fake dating enemies-to-lovers story with forced proximity and a happily ever after. This modern romance will also introduce you to small town Texas and show you just how cozy it can be.

Kasey Stockton is a staunch lover of all things romantic. She doesn't discriminate between genres and enjoys a wide variety of happily ever afters. Drawn to the Regency period at a young age when gifted a copy of Sense and Sensibility by her grandmother, Kasey initially began writing Regency romances. She has since written in a variety of genres, but all of her titles fall under clean romance. A native of northern California, she now resides in Texas with her own prince charming and their three children. When not reading, writing, or binge-watching sappy chick flicks, she enjoys running, cutting hair, and anything chocolate.

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Simply put- I absolutely adored this book! 

Lauren and Jack were such a fun match. Years before the story begins the two of them had had a rather disastrous date that had left a bad impression on both of them. So putting them together on a cruise and forcing them into a fake dating situation... what could be better than that!? This book used so many of my favorite tropes- fake dating, forced proximity, second chance, opposites attract, enemies to lovers, etc- and it did so masterfully! I loved the banter between these characters just as much as the romantic chemistry. While their personalities were quite different, they brought a great balance to each other. I loved seeing how Jack encouraged Lauren to let her hair down--- quite literally! I found I wasn't quite ready to say goodbye to these characters when the story ended and am thankful this is the first in a series. I'm so looking forward to seeing what happens next and get to know some of the other side characters better! 

This was actually my first book by this author, but it most certainly will not be the last! 

Love on Deck is a closed-door romance with nothing beyond chemistry filled kisses and no language.  


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