- Title: The Waves
- Author: Amy Matayo
- Genre: Action/adventure, romance
- Where to buy: Amazon
- My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Dillon Hayes is twenty-eight and single, an unfortunate status her overbearing family is determined to fix. So when she’s stuck on a cruise ship for a seven-day reunion with the lot of them, she’s desperate for any escape she can find, even if it means partnering with a sketchy stranger for an off-the-beaten-path snorkeling excursion. After her mother’s last matchmaking attempt, Dillon is more than willing to trade all her good sense for a few hours of solace.
Liam Gamble is stuck in the middle of family vacation hell. The worst part: it’s not even his family. This will be the last time he ever accepts a free-vacation invitation from his best friend. At this point, he’d be willing to hand over his life savings to get off this crazy ship. So when he catches one of his friend’s cousins sneaking off board, he decides to join her, hijacking her private excursion and nearly blowing her cover. If she gets to leave, so does he.
But what starts off as a secret escape turns into a very real nightmare when their shady tour guide leaves them stranded on an uninhabited island with nothing but the clothes on their backs and no idea how to keep themselves alive.
As hours turn into days, and the weather proves as threatening as their need for food and water, Dillon and Liam must join forces and rely on each other if they have any hope of seeing their families again. Funny thing: sometimes in life, the end of the rope is when you discover everything you value has been in front of you all along.
Amy Matayo’s latest book doesn’t disappoint. After ending up on the same cruise with Dillon’s large, somewhat overbearing extended family, Dillon and Liam find themselves in quite a predicament. Dillon, desperate to get away from the crush of well-meaning family who really want to see her married, heads off on an excursion not authorized by the cruise line. Liam, who has feelings for Dillon but tries to ignore them (because his brother Chad really carries a torch for Dillon), won’t let her go on the sketchy excursion alone, and joins her. The excursion guide leaves them stranded in the middle of the ocean, and they make it to a small island. They have to work together to survive, with limited resources, and they discover that adventure doesn’t always mean fun.
This is a story of making the best of a really bad situation. It’s a quick read, and one that draws you in. Ms. Matayo doesn’t coddle her characters or make things all sunshine and roses. Dillon and Liam read as real people, with real issues, and there are moments you aren’t really sure how things will turn out. I enjoyed this book, and I’d recommend it if you like adventure, suspense, and romance.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author. All opinions expressed here are mine, and I don’t say nice things about books I don’t like.