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Can love blossom beneath the waves of the Florida Keys? Or will the shadows that haunt two strangers prove too much to survive?Scuba diving instructor Olivia Zuckerman loves guiding tourists under the water almost as much as she loves guiding women to her bed. Coerced into picking up a new trainee from the airport, Oz has no idea that her life is about to change in every iCan love blossom beneath the waves of the Florida Keys? Or will the shadows that haunt two strangers prove too much to survive?Scuba diving instructor Olivia Zuckerman loves guiding tourists under the water almost as much as she loves guiding women to her bed. Coerced into picking up a new trainee from the airport, Oz has no idea that her life is about to change in every imaginable way.Daniela Finnsbury-Sterling, Finn to her friends, is trying to break away from an overbearing father, a man intent on making her life fit his plans. Desperate to make her own way, she escapes to Florida to train as a diving instructor. She knows it won’t be easy. She knows her father will do anything he can to force her back into line. Unfortunately, she has no idea exactly what anything will be!...

Title : Ladyfish
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ISBN : 9781602827479
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 264 Pages
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Ladyfish Reviews

  • M
    2018-10-23 00:57

    One of the best books that I have read this year!Starts with a bang and never let's up for the entire book. Loved the characters of Oz and Finn, loved the setting and the plot was like something out of a good Jack Higgins novel.For a first book, this was amazing. The quality of the writing and pacing of the romance was superb. It takes real skill to balance the genres of romance and thrillers so well. I cannot wait for the writer's next novel - whatever it is I'm sure that I will love it.

  • Book Worm
    2018-11-14 20:00

    I must say I'm quite a Bramhall fan. I heard the second book before I heard this one and really liked it. Maybe this was where I went wrong. So for me, the story was predictable, but that's as much as I expected, so it shouldn't account for the feeling that I didn't like it as much as the second.I'll make a few guesses here: I thought Oz didn't pull off the player thing at all. She might have been one on the first pages of the book, but as soon as she saw Finn she was healed. She is also supposed to suffer from the emotional baggage of her last mission (Navy) where a person close to her lost his leg and an innocent person got killed. Yet she is the coolest kid on the block when they get kidnapped. No fear of messing up, no freezing ... I would at least have expected something there.Finn herself is so sweet and self-assured, she seems emotionally healthier than Oz, even though she suffered through a childhood without love. Shouldn't she have problems with trust? Yet, she trusts this "player"?Still, I liked both characters a lot, but I think the emotional struggle is much better depicted in book 2. So if you read this little series, don't start with the second or just read Swordfish (you really don't need Ladyfish to understand it.).Oh, and as this is for the audio-book. I must say even though I liked the second book more, I liked this narrator better. Finn had the Manchester lilt and Oz sounded American. That wasn't the case in Swordfish.

  • L.T. Marie
    2018-11-17 00:08

    What a great first book. Well-written. Characters are well-devolped. Strongly suggest this one.

  • Ted
    2018-10-27 22:25

    The voice actress Heather Wilds did a fantastic job in this one in my opinion. The British accent was one I could listen to forever. Of course the material she worked with didn't hurt. Finn is quite possibly the cutest character around. Really enjoyed it. Swordfish is on deck.

  • Jem
    2018-11-14 04:06

    Rather ho-hum until the last 20%, when the action (in and out of bed) picks up and doesn't let up till the end. Things I liked about the book: * Diving info appropriately detailed but not boringly so* The science behind Finn's research seems solid. It could be total BS, but it had me fooled. :)* The big and badass final confrontation--totally saved the book for meThings I didn't care for:* Stock supporting characters -- world-domination type bad guy, evil henchmen, even an (view spoiler)[unfortunate best friend (hide spoiler)]* The plot was very predictable for most of the book. Not much excitement or surprises in the first 80% of the book. Couple that with the turtle-paced romance and I got myself a record-breaking book--took me 10 days to finish--the longest ever for a romantic lesfic. :) It is a well-written book though, so I stuck till the end.Things that could have been done better (little nitpicks):* Finn's English-ness was never apparent, other than her surname and the initial mention. All throughout, I imagined her to be an innocent All-American girl next door. And the name Oz--cute, but I had to mentally remind myself the setting was the Florida Keys and not the Great Barrier Reef. :) * One of the main themes of the book is Finn's journey of assertiveness and independence, actively encouraged by Oz...but all throughout, Oz repeatedly calls her 'baby' :)Overall, an above average read. I like the author's second book better though. P.S. (view spoiler)[In the climactic action scene, I really liked how the author had Oz smartly and purposefully plot her way out of the mess she was in, rather than the usual reliance on luck/help from others/superhuman feats. Perfect resolution. As for the cliffhanger ending--now that is how to do cliffhanger endings--no hints or warnings and totally unexpected. Very cinematic! :) (hide spoiler)]

  • Ty
    2018-10-25 23:08

    This is the first book I’ve read by Bramhall. It’s well written enough for me to want to check out more by her, but I can’t say I really loved this. I liked the characters well enough, but the mystery portion of this was pretty two dimensional and not well constructed. It lacked believability, and the bad guys were pretty stereotypical. It certainly isn’t well constructed enough to warrant a sequel, but apparently there is one.

  • Gill
    2018-11-11 04:24

    Great debut novel. Good pace, keeps on revving. And the author knows a thing or two about diving!

  • Heather Henkel
    2018-10-22 00:20

    Good bookI really enjoyed reading this story. I liked the character of oz and she and Finn seem to be quite the match.

  • Lex Kent
    2018-11-18 01:24

    2 1/2 stars. This book was just OK to me, pretty much down the middle. There were parts I enjoyed and plenty I didn't. I liked the romance between the two mains, they actually dated and got to know each other a bit. I liked OZ, but she was suppose to be a player. I didn't get that from her at all, she seemed ready to be in a relationship with no issues to me. Daniela, seems like a decent character, but she gets so much stuff dumped on her constantly, I'm not sure how shes suppose to actually function.At first, I thought to put this book in the category of a thriller, but its seems better suited as an Action-Romance. To me a good thriller has some mystery, and some twist and turns. To me this book was straight forward, you know who the "bad guys" are and so do the main characters. The "good guys" know the "bad guys" plans, and the "bad guys" know what the "good guys" are doing. Everything was unfortunately pretty darn predictable, and that's probably my biggest disappointment.Also, I was a bit bummed about the diving. There was lots of diving prep, but not a lot of actual underwater/ocean diving scenes. As I have never dived, I was hoping to go on and underwater adventure. Unfortunately, the story turned into more about the "bad guys" and the diving was left behind.I can't really recommend this book, but I can't not either, it's really so down the middle. As of now I won't be reading the sequel. In the future that could change if I get desperate for reading material.

  • Erin
    2018-11-11 02:20

    I enjoyed Ladyfish for the adventure love story that it was. I though Andrea Bramhall did a wonderful job of bringing the two worlds of SCUBA diving and love together perfectly. There was just enough information regarding SCUBA that the reader could understand and dive with the characters under the beautiful waters of the Florida keys, making the setting real without overloading the reader with the technicalities of diving. The intrigue action of the story was fun and kept me turning the page. The author did an excellent job of tying up all the pieces and then tempting us with more. Looking forward to the sequel and more adventures with Oz and Finn.

  • Female Person
    2018-11-04 03:15

    This was fairly amateurish, it was like fanfiction. The romance wasn't developed enough nor was the action/suspense part of this book. I only cared about the romance & it was worst part of the story. The characters fell in love so quickly when they hardly had much interaction.That was the weakest part of this story, the interaction between oz & Finn. Their emotions & reactions felt disingenuous.

  • Yvonne Heidt
    2018-10-28 23:17

    I loved Andrea's characters and the awesome details had me yearning for a beach and learning to scuba dive.

  • Alena
    2018-10-26 22:15

    Not sure why I picked this up, but meh. Not reading on.

  • Velvet Lounger
    2018-11-13 00:06

    Olivia (Oz) Zuckerman is a “Playboy” scuba-diving instructor on the Florida Keys. When not diving or training divers she spends her time dallying with tourists. Daniela Finnsbury-Sterling (Finn) couldn't be more different. A genius level biologist she has spent her far too serious life trying to please her overbearing and controlling father and cope with the devastation of loosing her mother at an early age.Their paths cross when Finn decides to escape her father's demands by becoming a scuba diving instructor. For Oz this is just another short term diver she needs to pick up and mollycoddle. For Finn this is her planned escape from the world she increasingly wants no part in.What neither woman knows is quite how far Finn’s father will go to control and manipulate her life for his own benefit.---------This was Andrea Bramhall's first novel and what a great yarn it is - swashbuckling James Bond style hero’s, world domination, chemical weapons and the secret service… fast and fabulous and great fun.The two main characters couldn't be more different. Oz is ex-Navy, a player, living the dream, surrounded by family and friends she can rely on and brimming with the confidence of those who know what they have and where they belong. Finn is, in some ways, a poor little rich girl; sheltered and protected by nannies and cooks, she craves love she never received from the mother she lost and the controlling father. Oz is it worldly wise, Finn is naive and innocent. Their coming together is an exciting exploration of how two worlds can meet and join.“Ladyfish” is partly whirlwind romance and partly action adventure full of drama and intrigue. We are taken on an exciting romp filled with bad guys, spies, abductions and gun battles. Luckily for Finn, Oz has a supply of powerful relatives and the US Navy to back them up on their adventures. And at the end of it all we are left with the suggestion of a cliffhanger and the hope of a sequel.Amidst all the action we have a subtle and gentle romance developing. Finn, the untouched innocent who needs to learn to trust after a lifetime of emotional deprivation and Oz who is used to taking what she wants but hiding her deeper feelings. What we watch is a delightful coming together that shows Oz’s patience and care, while allowing Finn to open up and gain the confidence to stand up for herself, and demand what she wants.Well written, well plotted and well edited this is a delightful story and a hugely entertaining first novel. I may have been late joining Andrea Bramhall’s fan club but I will definitely be first in the queue for her new novel “Nightingale” when it comes out next month.

  • Alealea
    2018-11-06 02:08

    Love story was classicBackground story was caricaturalBoth mixed together were ok But I have to ask. Why did the gay best friend ended up dead (again!!!!)???

  • Jem
    2018-10-28 20:05

    Rather ho-hum until the last 20%, when the action (in and out of bed) picks up and doesn't let up till the end. Things I liked about the book: * Diving info appropriately detailed but not boringly so* The science behind Finn's research seems solid. It could be total BS, but it had me fooled. :)* The big and badass final confrontation--totally saved the book for meThings I didn't care for:* Stock supporting characters -- world-domination type bad guy, evil henchmen, even an (view spoiler)[unfortunate best friend (hide spoiler)]* The plot was very predictable for most of the book. Not much excitement or surprises in the first 80% of the book. Couple that with the turtle-paced romance and I got myself a record-breaking book--took me 10 days to finish--the longest ever for a romantic lesfic. :) It is a well-written book though, so I stuck till the end.Things that could have been done better (little nitpicks):* Finn's English-ness was never apparent, other than her surname and the initial mention. All throughout, I imagined her to be an innocent All-American girl next door. And the name Oz--cute, but I had to mentally remind myself the setting was the Florida Keys and not the Great Barrier Reef. :) * One of the main themes of the book is Finn's journey of assertiveness and independence, actively encouraged by Oz...but all throughout, Oz repeatedly calls her 'baby' :)Overall, an above average read. I like the author's second book better though. P.S. (view spoiler)[In the climactic action scene, I really liked how the author had Oz smartly and purposefully plot her way out of the mess she was in, rather than the usual reliance on luck/help from others/superhuman feats. Perfect resolution. As for the cliffhanger ending--now that is how to do cliffhanger endings--no hints or warnings and totally unexpected. Very cinematic! :) (hide spoiler)]

  • Tina
    2018-10-29 23:07

    I had hoped to like this book a little bit more than I did. I liked the story line but it just didn't quite get me on the authenticity bit. Perhaps I found that everything felt too set up and rolled just too smoothly. I couldn't quite dig it. I liked the characters well enough but everything moved almost like a Hollywood movie - fast and predictable.All in all, I would give Ladyfish 3.5/5.

  • Queen
    2018-11-17 03:11

    Loved this book! The main characters were real and I got attached to them quickly because of the many details. Although the sub-plot was a bit farfetched, it was extremely entertaining. I didn't want to put the book down! Great read!

  • Heinerway
    2018-11-10 00:59

    A well written book with a perfect balance between action and romance.

  • Choko
    2018-11-16 02:21

    The plot is just weak and the romance must be better! Also not enough research with the American Navy... I was hoping for more....

  • Elisa Rolle
    2018-10-23 21:22

    2013 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)