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Sara's Review: A Star to Steer Her By, by Beth Anne Miller


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Publisher: Entangled: Embrace

Released: March 20, 2017

Genre: New Adult, Romance

Length: 322 pages

Format: ebook, paperback

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Blurb:


I’m scarred. Broken. I’ll never be the same. But I will take this journey.

Ever since my last dive ended in bloodshed, I’ve been terrified to go back into the water. But the opportunity to spend a semester at sea is too good to pass up. I need to get my life back.

I never expected to love it this much. And I never expected Tristan MacDougall.

Rugged, strong, and with demons of his own, Tristan helps me find the courage I thought I had lost and heals me with every stolen moment we share. But the rules of the ship mean we can't be together.

When a dive excursion goes terribly wrong, our only hope for survival is each other.


3.5 Boundless Stars

I voluntarily received a copy of A Star to Steer her by off NetGalley. The premise behind the story intrigued me even though I tend to avoid New Adult. The story is solid but tends to get bogged down with descriptions of the workings of ship. Which I understand but having never sailed, even with all the descriptions I just couldn’t get a clear picture in my mind many times of what Miller was trying to convey. I found myself looking up different terms so I could see the images. This slowed the reading process. But then I am one who likes to know what the author is talking about. I think if you have an appreciation and understanding of seamanship this book would totally work for you.

The loves story is full of angst, lust and puppy love, much like all New Adult books. The fade to black annoyed me. This could almost be a YA book if the make out sessions were edited down a bit more. Not to say the book must have the sex scene but there is so much build up then, fade to black, it confused me a bit. Why do a heavy make out session with all the buildup then give us a fade to black?

Another bone of contention was watching the sunset over the water when they were in New Jersey. Unless I have completely lost my mind and all sense of how the world turns the sun sets in the west, so how can you watch the sun set over the ocean in New Jersey when you are sitting on the beach? Sunrise yes, set no.

The story is about a young woman rediscovering herself and finding love, courage, and her center on the high seas. It was super sweet, and endearing. This would be a series I would be interested in reading if Ari and Tristan’s story continues. I am giving in 3.5 Boundless stars, it was really good


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