Thursday, May 17, 2012

Review of Castaway Dreams by Darlene Marshall

Castaway Dreams by Darlene Marshall

You know when you're looking for the perfect book to read? Sort of like Goldilocks?

Not too hard, not too soft.....just.....right?

Well, I needed a read that was light, funny, sweet, romantic....not too angsty and intense, not too much graphic, gratuitous sex, but with the perfect amount of emotional satisfaction.

I would have been satisfied with a "B" book. I wasn't asking for much.

But instead, I got a big, whopping A+!!!!!!!

Castaway Dreams is ridiculously adorable and pretty damned close to flawless, in my opinion. It has an excellent storyline, fabulous characters, spot-on humor, plenty of delicious (and tastefully done) sex scenes, lots of wonderful emotional bonding, fun banter and dialogue. 

Just read the first paragraph from yesterday's post, and you'll get a nice glimpse into Marshall's latest book. It is beautifully written, and has two fabulous main characters....a grumpy ship's doctor and a bubble-headed beauty who longs to be useful. Oh dear Lordy! This is the way I LOVE my romance novels. With ROMANCE! And nothing is rushed. Their love story is just perfect and believable, and the humor is fantastic. The last book I read by Marshall was different....also good, but not as light-hearted and funny. I like this twist on her voice better. And I sure hope she writes some more like this one. This book made me swoony!

(I also looked up the word trephining in the dictionary. I learned a new word! Just like Daphne!)

Writing: A
Humor: A
Romance: A
Swoon Meter: A

Overall: A

This book is a delicious gem.

Hoping to find my own grumpy doctor (hey! I have my own grumpy doctor! Excellent!),


Linz said...

Thanks for the recommendation, Penny. Bummed that it doesn't come out in a Nook version for a few more days. Still, always love author rec's! Good luck with your children's book!

Penny Watson said...

Thanks, Linz! It came out early on the Kindle, so maybe it will come out sooner for the Nook, too. Good luck!

Unknown said...

Love your review - it looks good and the cover is pretty yummy (which doesn't hurt).

Your recs are always terrific!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Sounds like a good book!

Penny Watson said...

Thanks, Barbara. You will love this book....and yes, the dude on the cover is sweet!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Julia! It's a great book! Very romantic, just the way I like them. ;^)

Heidenkind said...

Holy crapmole, $5.60? IDK...

Penny Watson said...

Tasha....if I could lend it to you, I would. But it's not loan-able from Kindle. I'm going to go out on a limb and say it' worth it. But it's also available in print....see if you can get your library to get a copy! Read it! You'll laugh!

Laurie Evans said...

ok, stop!! I have too many books on my to-read list. Guess I have another one know. Sounds like my cup o' tea.