Life in the Danger Zone by Patricia B. Tighe
(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Series: Zone #3
Published by Swoon Romance on November 1st 2016
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Dating & Relationships, Europe, Friendship, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
Source: Swoon Romance
Sixteen-year- old Rose Mulligan’s plan for the summer cruise with her grandparents is simple—read mysteries in the sunshine and see historical sites. It doesn’t include joining a young people’s tour group or crushing on a boy whose flirting runs hot and cold. And it definitely doesn’t include being accused of theft.
Sam Briggs also has a plan for the trip—hang out with his uncle and cousins, and avoid thinking about his stupid parents. But when family members pair-up with strangers, Sam is left wanting to hit something. The only bright spot is shy, constantly blushing Rose, a girl he really needs to avoid. She’s too nice for a meaningless hookup. Then why can’t he stop thinking about her?
Determined to clear her name, Rose decides to find out who the real thief is. It quickly becomes clear that everyone has secrets. Dangerous secrets. But by the time Sam starts helping with the investigation, Rose is wishing she could forget the whole thing and just focus on his intense gaze and lopsided smile. There are only a few days left on the trip after all, and they’ll never see each other again once it’s over. Right?
But it’s too late. Danger has a way of finding you, whether it’s disguised as a cunning thief or a swoony boy.
This story was so cute! I’ve become a bit of a cheerleader for Swoon Romance. I love their titles and have three books that I ordered on a whim the other day waiting on my shelf for me when the semester is over. Life in the Danger Zone is my first experience reading something by Patricia Tighe, and I can honestly say it was a sweet romance with a unique setting.
This is technically book three in the Zone series, but you can easily read it as a standalone. I haven’t read the other two books in the series yet and wasn’t confused in the slightest. I do want to read the other books, though, and one of those books I ordered on a whim is book one, Life in the No-Dating Zone. It sounds just as adorable as this one, and I’m excited to read the rest of the series, albeit out of order.
Rose Mulligan was your stereotypical quiet girl. Her best friends urged her through a letter (she was grounded without access to her phone) to be daring while on the cruise with her grandparents through Italy. I’m not one who has ever wanted to go on a cruise, but Rose made it exciting. She touched on all the issues that I would have going on a cruise, but she still managed to break out of her comfort zone. If my tour group were like hers, I wouldn’t mind being stuck at sea (sort of) for a week.
Sam Briggs caught her eye in the first couple of pages. Every now and then his inner dialogue didn’t seem to fit, but it wasn’t enough to take away from the story. I liked having both his and Rose’s side of things. They had distinctive voices and saw each other differently than they saw themselves. Ah, young love. His issues with his dad and his uncle by association weren’t quite strong enough for me, but it did explain why he acted the way he did around Rose. While I liked his voice, I liked him through Rose’s eyes more.
Life in the Danger Zone is a quick escape and a light read. It had a few twists and turns in there, and the mysterious inclusion in the story added intrigue to Rose’s character. Read it as a standalone, read it as part of the series—whichever you choose to do. It’s fun and quirky and a must-read for anyone who loves a good kiss here and there.
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