Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review: Love on Loch Ness

Love on Loch Ness will appeal to anyone who has a love for the legends such as big foot, the yet, and of course, Nessie.
Synopsis from Amazon:
Dr. Gail Phillips steps onto the shores of Loch Ness to disprove the Loch Ness monster theory for good so everyone can stop wasting their time. As a marine biologist with a background in archeology, she's convinced all of the world's myths such as Big Foot, the Tasmanian devil, and even Nessie are lies. Her father disappeared while following Yettie tracks in the Alps, and she doesn't want to lose another mislead soul.

Flynn Maloney comes from a family of fanatic cryptozoologists. As a native of Scotland, he believes in Nessie as strong as Gail believes in science. Despite his initial attraction for her, he's joined her research team to prove her wrong. He wants to find Nessie for a special girl in his life, to show her dreams really can come true.

As they conduct sonar studies and sweeps of the lake, their differing opinions are at odds with their budding attraction. Gail doesn't believe in anything unscientific, such as romance, thinking the charming Flynn Maloney is full of baloney. Flynn can't believe he's falling for someone with no imagination or faith. To make matters worse, their videographer is covering his true identity. Together they must unravel his plan before he destroys everything they are working for. Will Gail force Flynn to question his faith, or will she discover more than she bargained for in the Scottish highlands?

The main story was the hunt for Nessie and it was quite interesting.  The Scottish setting on the lake was romantic and I was excited each time Flynn and Gail found a clue that might lead to the truth.  Although both characters were working on different sides of the belief in Nessie's existence, they still found themselves liking one another.  It was a slow developing relationship, which was realistic and refreshing and it allowed the main focus of the story to be the search for this popular legendary creature.  The author added a bit of suspense to the story when one of the characters turns out to have an alternate agenda.  It was a nice little twist that just added to the enjoyment of the story.  

I also liked that both Flynn and Gail were given baggage. They had both experienced family tragedy and pain and had to confront their fears/grief at some point in the story. This made both characters seem more real in that their lives weren't perfect but they kept moving forward; something we all have to do at some point or another.  

Do they find Nessie?  Do Flynn and Gail fall in love?  You'll have to read the book to find out.  In my opinion, It's worth picking up.

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