Title: All The Way to Shore (Stories from the Shore #1)
Author: CJane Elliott
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 23, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 181
Reviewed by: Ariel
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Jonathan Vallen has never felt good enough. A gentle musician who loves to garden, he’s woefully unsuited to running Vallen Industries, the family business. When his father hires a hotshot executive, Marco Pellegrini, to save the company, Jonathan moves away and leaves his humiliation behind. A year later and forty pounds lighter, Jonathan runs into Marco on an LGBT cruise. Marco doesn’t recognize him, the sparks fly, and Jonathan pretends to be someone else for the week—Jonah Rutledge —someone good enough to be loved.
Marco Pellegrini has always been driven. He rose from poverty to the pinnacle of business success, and he’ll do anything to protect his reputation—including hiding his bisexuality. Having saved Vallen Industries, he’s weary of the rat race and ready for a more meaningful life. When Marco meets his soul mate for that new life—Jonah Rutledge—on an LGBT cruise, he prepares to stop hiding and start living.
Back on land, the romance crashes when Marco discovers his perfect man is not only a lie but the son of his boss, Frederick Vallen. Jonathan resolves to win Marco back, but Frederick takes vengeful action. Jonathan and Marco must battle their own fears as well as Frederick’s challenge to get to the future that awaits them on the horizon.
After a tragic event, Jonathan feels obligated to take over the operations of his father’s business. He’s a musician at heart and he doesn’t feel like he belongs in the business world. Two years later, he has run his father’s business into the ground. So, his father calls in Marco. He can turn his company around. Marco spends 3 days with Jonathan to find out what Jonathan has done and it’s not really fruitful. After Jonathan talks to his cousin, Anthony, he decides to resign and move permanently to his cottage on Cape Cod. This cottage is special to him because it was left to him by his mother after her death.
After living there a year and dropping 40 pounds, his cousin talks him into taking a cruise. Jonathan and Anthony board a gay cruise where they run into Marco and his sister. Anthony introduces Jonathan as Jonah Rutledge. Anthony talks Jonathan into keeping up the facade as a way of Jonathan living life the way he never has before. To be his true self for once. To just cut loose and have fun. Jonathan goes along with it.
On the cruise Marco and Jonathan spend a lot of time together and get to know each other.
On their last day, they decide to go ashore and talk. Jonathan is going to reveal to Marco who is he is. Coming down the ramp they see Jonathan’s father who demands Marco to come back with him to fix a crisis happening at the office. You can imagine what happens. Marco goes back on board to pack. He’s very angry and he tells Jonathan they’re over.
I won’t say anymore cuz I don’t want to reveal the last quarter of the book, but suffice it to say there is a happy ending.
I really liked this book. It had a few twists and a few surprises which keeps you hanging (in a good way). The main characters were solid and very real. Locations was wonderful. Boston, a cruise ship, and the Caribbean. The supporting characters were funny and very entertaining. There’s even a cat named Bunny. It was all around great.
Jonathan is a shy, introverted, musician who loves to live the simple life in his cottage on Cape Cod. Marco is a businessman, an alpha male with a take-charge nature, who loves his cat and sister. They have common interests and are so compatible. They fit like a hand in a glove. Jonathan with his gentle demeanor and Marco with his Alpha personality. So perfect together.
This story flowed like water in a river. It had a great introduction, laying the backdrop for the story, and then a fun middle with the cruise ship and the last quarter with trying to work out the situation between Marco and Jonathan’s father and the ending with the solution to the issue and suspense to see if Jonathan and Marco are or when they are going to get back together. Excellent continuity.
The ending was marvelous. I loved it. It wrapped up everything in a big rainbow bow.
I highly recommend this book. If you love Boston, cruise ships, romance, flamboyant supporting characters and love to see the underdog rise to the top, you will also love this book. Get this book. You won’t be sorry.