In Review: Full Steam Ahead (Sea Swept #1) by Valerie Chase

Posted March 1, 2014 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 5 Comments

In Review: Full Steam Ahead (Sea Swept #1) by Valerie ChaseFull Steam Ahead by Valerie Chase
Series: Sea Swept #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: January 14, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 201 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Seven days aboard a luxury cruise.

The perfect getaway from it all.

At least, that’s what Georgia Cantwell is hoping for...

With her inbox filling with menacing emails, Georgia just wants to run away from her shattered life on her sorority's winter break cruise. What she doesn’t need is green-eyed Jace McLaren seeing through her tacked-on smile and stealing her breath away with each tantalizing kiss. 

Growing up with a father in jail, Jace knows from experience that if you’re going through hell, there’s no way out but through. He has always steered away from girls like Georgia with her ice-queen attitude, but she’s in real trouble, and despite himself he pushes past her walls. 

As much as Georgia tries to ignore it, Jace won’t let her pretend with him. But she can’t tell him the truth. Her past would ruin his trust, her family, her future—everything. 

But out on the open ocean, there’s nowhere to hide. And when Georgia’s secrets come tumbling out, it might take more than Jace to get her through the storm.


in review my thoughts

Full Steam Ahead was a fun and easy, sexy new adult contemporary romance. Set on a cruise ship, this book is the perfect winter getaway. I really enjoyed every minute of it.

Georgia was a complicated character who was hiding a lot of secrets. It took some time for those to come fully to light, but once they did, I understood why she was keeping things from her friends. Up until that point, I was a little put off by the fact that she wouldn’t confide in anyone. I appreciate a strong female character, but sometimes you just need to suck it up and ask for help from your friends. Through it all, however, Georgia was likable and relatable. Sometimes I have a difficult time understanding sorority girls because I never was one, but I didn’t have that problem with her. Jace is the perfect super sexy, swoony alpha male character. He has quite a reputation, but there was definitely much more to him than met the eye. I loved that he continually called her on her shit and wouldn’t let her push him away.

Georgia and Nate were thrown together as a result of her breakup with a jerk, her financial situation (which no one really knows about) and, I’m going to say, fate. They had immediate chemistry, despite how Georgia tried to shut him out. He wouldn’t let her. They were a believable couple – or fling, if you wanna call it that. But, more than just sexy fun times, he was there for her in a way that no other person really was.

If you like your new adult romances sweet and steamy with strong, relatable heroines, super swoony guys and a bit of secrets and mystery, you have to pick this one up. It was the perfect thing to help me beat away the winter doldrums, but it would also make a great warm-weather beach read.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 


About Valerie Chase

Valerie Chase writes New Adult romance in the suburbs of Washington, DC. When she isn’t dreaming up swoon-worthy kisses, she's plotting her next trip to somewhere awesome.

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5 responses to “In Review: Full Steam Ahead (Sea Swept #1) by Valerie Chase

  1. This one sounds like a fun NA book! I participated in the cover reveal for this book, but I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to read it or not, so I am glad to hear you enjoyed it. The cruise ship setting sounds really original. And I totally agree with you that while I love strong female sometimes they do have to tell their friends about their problems sometimes.