Title: The Ocean Between
Authors: Lynda Coker
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Main Characters: Victoria Ballard & Rashid Davar
Victoria Ballard, a New York financial executive, is one woman who considers men to be an unnecessary bother and annoyance. With her career on track, she focuses on the adoption of four beautiful orphans, a crowning completion of her well-designed life-plan. But, life is a nasty trickster, and it's about to spring one on her. Unknown to Victoria, PRINCE RASHID DAVAR has just completed a marriage contract with her father. However, what the Prince does not realize is that it is easier to marry a woman than it is to control one. She may be his wife, but it will take a kidnapping, a battle of wills, and some desert heat of his own before he can claim her love.
She continued to read. Not believing her eyes...
she pulled the document closer. The wording didn’t change on closer inspection. In front of her, in bold clear print, was her name. Her name presented a problem, but the name joined to hers was more so:
Be this known: Victoria Chantal Ballard and Prince Alif Benhamin Rashid Davar consent to become Husband and Wife...
Victoria locked her eyes on the purple flush streaking up her father’s neck. She recognized the stubborn tightening of his jaw, and her mind thrashed about looking for clarification to this bizarre situation.
The papers slid from her hand and scattered about her feet. In an explosive move, she leaned across her father’s desk.
“What is this? How did this happen?” With hindsight, she knew exactly when her father had rushed her into signing those pages.
The Ocean Between © Lynda Coker
When Victoria Ballard father sets out to make a deal he could not have chosen a better person to deal with than Prince Rashid Davar, known for his fairness and forward thinking when it comes to the development of his country, however when it comes to sorting out the mess he has made for his daughter Rashid may just end up being the devil rather than prince charming.
Victoria is a go getter, never one to have been limited in what she can do and how far she can go - to suddenly find out that she was married to Prince Rashid Davar is just about the lat straw. Victoria has her life just where she wants it, career - check, finances in tack - check, owns her own home - check and she has now set plans in motion to fill her life with four beautiful kids, and to now find out that some wacky plan that her father and some man she has never met has cooked up has trapped her - so does not sit well with her.
Rashid is a man of action and takes the necessary step to bring his princess home - even if it means kidnapping. The princess in question is not having any of it and she aims to fight tooth and nail to go back to all she wants in her life.
THE OCEAN BETWEEN was such a sweet and fun read for me on so much level. Some of my first sets of books were of sheiks and princes riding across desert sands to get the girl. This prince that Coker introduces me to is not all about the jet set life, he knows how to be there for his people and do what he has to do to ensure that his region remains prosperous...
I love the protags in this book, Rashid was such a arrogant little so and so and I loved him, but the star of this show was definitely Victoria - she was a heroine that was determined not to go down without a fight and she along with some pretty determine support cast gave as good as they got and I enjoyed meeting them.
She was not only argumentative, feisty and determined to have the last word but she also had a heart of gold when it comes to the people she loved. Ms. Coker backed up these two people with some fun support cast and I laugh out loud at some of the antics and theatrics that they get up. Fun, Fun, fun.
This storyline is nothing new, but I do like the feel that Coker brings to this tale, I could feel the emotion between Rashid and Victoria, the situations she puts them in and the challenges she had them facing only highlighted the strength of these characters.
As much fun as I had with this books, there is an aspect of this book that I found frustrating as a woman and reminds me of one of the reason why I loved and hated the princes and princess sort of plot. I thought the author dealt with it in due course and with style and eventually made me enjoy the HEA that was due to these two.
If you are looking for a read that is pure romance, emotional heavy, with an array of characters that are determined to take you over for the few hours you spend with them - THE OCEAN BETWEEN is the book for you.