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Connected by the Sea (Hawaiian Crush #1) [Kindle Edition]

E. L. Todd , Kris Kendall
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Book Description

Coen Marshall is the bad boy with tattoos that every girl wants but can’t have. His reputation as a player is well known to everyone at the university, but that doesn’t sway anyone. His intelligence and looks are irresistible. And his abilities in the bedroom are sought after. Every girl hopes they can be the one to change him.

But no one really knows Coen…

Sydney is a good girl who does everything by the book. School, work, and her friends are the most important things to her. And after having her heart broken by a cheater, she’s not interested in another relationship. But Coen ignites desires within her that haven’t been felt before. Despite her feelings toward him, she ignores him. Based on his reputation, he’s no good for her. Her heart is guaranteed to be broken.
But when she unexpectantly becomes his tutor, she gets to know Coen in a way no one else ever has. That bad boy exterior is still there, but now she’s even more drawn to it. He pushes her buttons, gets her to acknowledge the truth around her, and does everything to gain her trust.

But where will it lead? Will Sydney’s heart be broken all over again? Or will she find the one thing she’s been missing her whole life?

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Hawaiian Crush Series
  • Book #1 - Connected by the Sea (Sydney and Coen) (Available Now)
  • Book #2 - Breaking Through the Waves (Sydney and Coen) (Available Now)
  • Book #3 - Connected by the Tide (Henry and Renee) (Available Now)
  • Book #4 - Taking the Plunge (Nancy and Thatcher) (Available Now)
  • Book #5 - Riding the Surf (Derek and Paola) (Available Now)
  • Book #6 - Caught in the Undertow (Sydney and Coen) (Available Now)
  • Book #7 - Lying in the Sand (Cheyenne and Bryce (Available Soon)

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  • File Size: 3067 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected April 8, 2014
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Perhaps I should have checked more reviews. WAY TOO MUCH EXPLICIT SEX for me. Read much of the story, but finished fast because I skipped over the sex scenes. The story was good, could have left out most of the bedroom scenes and developed the characters even more though. I won't be reading again.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time! March 19, 2014
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Had I been given the option, this book would have gotten NO stars. I cannot believe I wasted any time on it and thank goodness, I didn't waste any money on it. What a mess! Very poorly written and edited. Pretty much hard porn and not the least bit interesting. Characters were poorly drawn and completely shallow. This reader didn't really care what happened to any of them. I am not sure this author ever had a writing class. Don't waste your time!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you like porn... March 6, 2014
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What a disappointment. I gave it one star because the review process won't let me submit without at least one star. I chose this book because of the write up on the purchase page. It looked like a love story. What it actually is is pretty close to porn. I don't mind erotic love scenes but what this writer came up with is beyond crude. Don't waste your time or money on this book. I won't be finishing it.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Connected By the Sea February 2, 2014
By M.Marie
I had a hard time connecting with this story, I felt it lacked character development and the dialogue didn't feel natural to me. There were some interesting plots brought up, but almost too many. I think if the author would have focused on only one or two of them I would have enjoyed the story more.

I felt Sydney's whole friendship with Henry was messed up, I felt like she should have been in love with him rather than Coen because it was Henry's feelings that she protected the whole time. It would have been a more believable relationship in my opinion. Her and Coen got together much too quickly for my liking, and it was all too easy. Henry's love for her was too obvious for such a smart girl like her not to notice and he almost came across as a stalker. I feel like this plot was too drawn out and I think it took away from connecting with Sydney and Coen's relationship.

Coen was an o.k. hero, protective and caring, everything the leading man should be. My problem with this story lies with Sydney's character. I felt she had too many personality changes throughout this book and her selflessness drove me nuts. I think the way the characters were wrote they would have been better off being high school students rather than in college, they came off too juvenile for me.

Overall, it was just an okay read for me but if you want a quick, sweet read then I say give it a shot.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Connected by the Sea March 29, 2014
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The best thing about this story it is set in Hawaii, otherwise it is a complete waste of time to read. It is poorly written and the language would be better in a very low end men's magazine. If there was a rating less then one star, this book would have gotten that rating. Don't waste your time or money on this one.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Porn? April 16, 2014
By Kel
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Very disappointed in this book. I was excited to start reading it but the sexual situations in this book just ruined it. It was almost like a young child wrote the sexual situations. Save your reading for a good book as the sex in this book negated the story line. It had potential.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No real story. April 23, 2014
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Unnecessarily graphic description of someone's fantasy sex life. No real story; just what appears to be a crush on someone that played out in the author's mind. Trashy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moments as Warm as a Tropical Breeze February 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Escaping to a college in Hawaii to get away from the nightmares of her childhood, Sydney is a model student in the marine biology department. She has close friends and a great life, and great grades. When the hottest guy on campus needs her help to pass his classes, she finds that no matter how hard she tries to maintain her distance the man is a virtual magnet for her fantasies. Could it be possible that one of the biggest players on campus could really feel something for her? Can Sydney and Coen find a real relationship with each other? They both have been hurt before, and now Sydney fears hurting her best friend, who she knows is in love with her. Is it fair to ask Coen to keep their relationship a secret? Is it fair that he withholds taking their relationship to the most intimate of levels until she goes public about them? Can their relationship withstand her ugly past when it returns to torment her on her island paradise?

Connected by the Sea by E. L. Todd is a story of reaching out for love, learning to trust another person, and to place the value of true love above all else. E. L. Todd has created a wonderful and very likable cast of supporting characters that give that “true to life, less than perfect” feeling to this roller coaster of a romance. Coen is a warm and caring individual with a depth to his personality that shows great maturity and the ability to be a true friend and lover, who occasionally has relapses into the maturity level of a sixteen year old boy. Were those times designed to give Sydney a much needed, almost feral show of support? Sydney was much more complex, as her character on one hand was loving, fun-loving and a free spirit in many ways.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
Such a great begining to an amazing series...
Published 16 hours ago by jodi
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!!!!!
super awesome book!!! her loyalty to her friend is amazing, and i love that she's independent, smart and ready to defend herself. super loved this book! Read more
Published 1 day ago by sandra
1.0 out of 5 stars It had great potential for being a wonderful book with many sub-plots
this book is nothing short of erotica. I was surprised there was even a story embedded in all the sex. It had great potential for being a wonderful book with many sub-plots. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Katie Gaskins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book I read it in a day. You just can't put it down
Published 5 days ago by layne berthume
5.0 out of 5 stars cliffhanger!, better to start with next book in series
I loved the story, ''Connected by the Sea (Hawaiian Crush #1...because it was about a young woman taking self-defense classes, to be able to defend herself against her violently... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Blue jean Lady
4.0 out of 5 stars Connected by the Sea
A story of trial and error.

I really felt like I am the one who's on it too. Because I was so afraid to fall in love yet I had no choice because I wasn't the one who has... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Carolyn Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars Hawaiian Crush is a great read!
Hawaiian Crush is an great read. Sydney and Coen's beginning story is one of trust, strength, and immediate attraction. Read more
Published 11 days ago by goodem
1.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy immature heroines and high school like drama, this is for...
Oh dear goodness. The only thing I can say was good about this book was that it got better as it went along...and it was pretty short. Read more
Published 12 days ago by connie bowers
1.0 out of 5 stars A little painful... but it was free
good story basis, but was over dramatized and too descriptive in the conversations~these are supposedly undergrad zoology majors not PhDs in psychology or counseling.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ruined by the F word
Stopped reading it in the first chapter because of the vulgar "F" word. Didn't even want to give it a 1 star rating - but couldn't submit it without a star.
Published 13 days ago by Nanny11
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My journey to this profession was slightly unorthodox. I received my bachelor's degree in biological sciences, worked as an award-winning researcher, and worked various jobs to pay the bills. While I enjoyed every moment of this adventure, it wasn't my passion. I've been writing since I was a young girl and have read anything that I can get my hands on. When people ask me what my favorite book is, I always respond, "All of them."

After I showed my work to my closest friends and gained their confidence, I realized that this is something I could commit my life to, something that I love. I never imagined--dreamed--that I could make a living as a writer. This is the greatest profession that I ever could have asked for, and I am so thankful for the support from everyone in my life. How many other jobs let you work in your pajamas?

I'm very grateful that I've had success with my various series. The Forever and Always Series is very close to my heart. I realize all the characters are fictitious, but in reality, they are real people living in my creepy as that sounds.

The Hawaiian Crush Series, The Essence Series, The Soul Saga, and the Southern Love Series are all also extensions of who I am, just played out in word. It's the greatest job in the world to explore different places and people and actually get to write about it. What makes it even better is when people love reading it.

When I receive fan mail through email, my website, or on Goodreads, I'm extremely flattered and humbled that people take the time out of their lives to compliment my work. I appreciate all the love and support. Without it, I would be nothing. I really would.

With an infinite number of ideas in my mind, I will continue to write as long as people wish. I'm just grateful I have such a wonderful audience.

People have asked me personal questions about my life. I'm flattered that people show any interest, especially since I'm not very interesting, but here are a few things you may not know about me:

I'm a lefty. But I also write upside down (not on the computer.) I'm pretty weird...

I hate strawberries but love them in my oatmeal.

I have an unusual obsession with dogs, cats, and all pets, but I don't own one...yet. Let's see what the hubby says.

I worked in a lab for a long time then became a high school science teacher. I loved my job very much, and adored my students. But writing is my dream job, and I was fortunate enough to pursue it.

My closest friends are the people I met in high school, but I've made even closer connections with peers from college. And now I'm fortunate enough to have some amazing author friends.

I love sweets. I love sweets. It's a sickness....

My favorite band (currently) is Mumford and Sons. I've placed a few of their lyrics in my novels because they are totally awesome.

Connected by the Sea (Hawaiian Crush #1) has some factual knowledge as a basis. Years ago, when my boyfriend took me to the aquarium, we stared at the seahorses for a long time. That's when he locked his pinky with mine and said, "Seahorses mate for life. Will you be mine?" Super cute! I know!

Only for You was originally called MegaShake. For those of you who've read it, you'll understand why.

And I don't share milk products with people...that's also something I incorporated into my books.

That's all I can think of...but that may have been too much information.

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