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Peek Inside A Star to Steer Her By

Ever since a dive ended in bloodshed, Ari’s been terrified to go in the water. But the chance to spend a semester at sea is too good to pass up. So is Tristan. Sexy as hell and with demons of his own, he heals her with every stolen moment together

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“The best sexual tension I’ve read in a long time—combined with the wonderfully fresh plot and memorable characters, I didn’t put this book down once!”
— Lauren Layne, New York Times bestselling author

One trip will change everything...

I’m scarred. Broken. I’ll never be the same.
But I will take this journey.
Ever since my last dive ended in bloodshed, I’ve been terrified to go back into the water. But the opportunity to spend a semester at sea is too good to pass up. I need to get my life back.
I never expected to love it this much. And I never expected Tristan MacDougall.
Rugged, strong, and with demons of his own, Tristan helps me find the courage I thought I had lost and heals me with every stolen moment we share.  But the rules of the ship mean we can't be together.  

When a dive excursion goes terribly wrong, our only hope for survival is each other.  


"The best sexual tension I've read in a long time--combined with the wonderfully fresh plot and memorable characters, I didn't put this book down once!" - New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

"...[A] terrific New Adult debut...I read the book straight through and wanted to find a schooner when I was done!"- New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney

5 Stars: "It's gripping. Compelling. Fascinating. And tucked in the middle of all this adventure was a romance that was forbidden, sexy, and intensely satisfying... I'm so glad I stumbled upon this unexpected gem and so happy for the time I got to spend with Ari & Tristan and the rest of the sailing crew. If you're in the mood for a scintillating and swoony romance wrapped up in a whole heap of thrilling adventure -- don't hesitate to pick this one up." - Shelly, Bookgasm Book Blog

5 Stars: "If you're looking for an adventurous, sweet romance, then this is the book for you! I definitely recommend this book!!!" - Jamie C., Goodreads.com review

4 Stars: "A Star to Steer Her is a beautiful story about growth, forgiveness and love. I thought this story was well written and I really loved the plot. I thought the characters were a lot of fun and very easy to connect with. I loved the build of Ari and Tristan's relationship... They are the kind of couple that you can't help but fall in love with and hope that they get a happy ending." - Amy, Once Upon a Book Blog

5 Stars: "I really loved this book! Ari is a great heroine and Tristan helps her with her fears and wants to be there for her. Great NA." - Janet, Bookgyrl J, Goodreads.com review

5 Stars: "This was a great read! Not only was it a wonderful story, but it really made me want to go sailing and scuba diving." - Martina, NetGalley review

5 Stars: "Sometimes you will get a hold of an amazing book that takes you places. This book will do just that as you travel with Ari and the reason of the crew around the Caribbean Islands and learn to sail." - Laura, Mommy Reads Books

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758438
Release Date: Mar 20, 2017
Page Count: 366
Imprint: embrace
Genre: contemporary, new adult
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits

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By Bookgasms March 11, 2017

Every once in a while you stumble upon a book that has the "full package". The kind of book where everything comes together nearly flawlessly and you are as touched and enchanted by the non-romance plot points just as much as you are the romance. A Star to Steer Her By was that book for me - and... ...more

By Jamie March 12, 2017

*received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Let me start off by saying, I loved this book! It started off kind of slow, but that's ok because it's how I like my books. Once the story really got going, I couldn't put it down!!
The characters were great! I especially liked how things played o... ...more

By Lorie March 30, 2017

4.25 - 4.5 STARS

A Star to Steer Her By is a breath of fresh air!

I absolutely fell in love with this book. It swept me away with the very first page. Set in the Caribbean aboard a schooner for a semester at sea, Ari’s on the trip in hopes of rediscovering what she once loved. Tristan is a deckhand... ...more

By Amy March 20, 2017

After reading this book, I totally wouldn’t mind spending some time at sea!!

I’ll be totally honest, when I first picked up this book, I wasn’t 100% sure about it. I’ve never read anything by this author before, but the cover looked amazing and the synopsis sounded so good, I just had to pick it u... ...more

By Home. Love. Books. March 28, 2017

 photo synopsisgraphic.pngI kind of wish there were more books coming out about the ocean, I mean sure there are books that take place in a tropical setting, and that's nice and everything, but in the book the ocean is basically a character on its own, and I loved it. I spent a significant amount of time when I was growin... ...more

By Suze April 17, 2017

After a traumatic incident Ari has become afraid of the sea, which is inconvenient because she's been approved for her dream program, a semester at sea. It used to be her ultimate goal to spend ten weeks studying the water and animals, learning to navigate a boat and witnessing the abundance of b... ...more

By Boundless Book Reviews March 20, 2017

I voluntarily received a copy of A Star to Steer her by off NetGalley.  The premise behind the story intrigued me even though I tend to avoid New Adult.  The story is solid but tends to get bogged down with descriptions of the workings of ship.  Which I understand but having never sailed, even wi... ...more

By Katherine April 01, 2017

Full disclosure: I know (and like), the author. The plot exceeds the usual romance fare in some enjoyable ways: it takes place aboard a schooner (I like boats and sailing), the young women have friendships that develop and are unrelated to competing over guys, and the heroine (while trying to hea... ...more

By Holly March 07, 2017

This book made me want to throw myself in the ocean - but in the absolute best way. ...more

By Sharon February 03, 2018

My TBR pile breaks up into a few different categories: favorite authors, books with a lot of buzz, recs from friends, research material for my own writing, and books by authors I know somehow (often through writer organizations or publishing industry connections). A STAR TO STEER HER BY falls in... ...more

By wrecked_life March 20, 2017

I loved it! It's about getting over one's fears. After her accident, Ari has been afraid of the sea. She has always wanted to be a marine biologist and she simply cannot give up on her dreams, So she decides to spend one semester at sea any way. May be she won't be able to get over her fear but a... ...more

By G May 02, 2017

Welp, now I want to go to sea. Gorgeous book that will make you want to run away on a schooner and sail the world. Tristan and Ari are adorable, but the real love story here is me falling head-over-heels for the Meg *swoon*. ...more

I loved the unique setting for this novel. The title alone reminded me of a line from a poem I first read nearly forty years ago...it was a wonderful surprise to find that the very same poem is referenced in this wonderful story. ...more

By Bookgyrl March 03, 2017

Ari has applied for a Semester at Sea from Marine Classroom. She is crazy about the sea and diving. And she gets an acceptance letter. She should be thrilled, but during the waiting period she has been in a terrible accident (shark..) and she has doubts she will be able to dive again.

This is a bo... ...more

By Megan June 15, 2017

I’ve been looking forward to reading A Star to Steer her since the minute the cover and book jacket description were released. This book has all the elements of “book crack” for me: forbidden love, unique settings and micro-cultures, and heart-melting new-adult romance.

The one-of-a-kind setting a... ...more

By Lindsey (Linz Readz) March 27, 2017

I absolutely love the ocean! If I could live in/on the water, I would. I knew that I had to get my hands on this book after reading the blurb. Plus, that cover!? So beautiful! With a forbidden romance, the sea, and a mix of possible suspense/mystery I couldn’t dive in fast enough! The story start... ...more

By Kelly August 02, 2017

I felt like I was on the Meg with Ari, learning to sail, getting sick with her, conquering her fears, and falling in love. I adored this novel! ...more

By Melissa February 19, 2018

Sharon Fisher recommended this book to me. I ordered it, and read it, that same day. I adore sailing, and so this was a fun read for me! ...more

By Laura March 10, 2017

I have received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Sometimes you will get a hold of an amazing book that takes you places. This book will do just that as you travel with Ari and the reason of the crew around the Caribbean Islands and learn to sail.

Ari's tale on full of tragedy... ...more

By Elizabeth March 26, 2017

**3.5 Stars**

This story is Ariana's journey as she conquers her fears and returns to her greatest love...diving. Six months ago, while diving with her twin brother, Josh, Ari was severely injured. Since then, she hasn't been able to return to the water, but as she wants to be a marine biologist,... ...more

By Robin September 08, 2017

The author's experience at sea on tall ships, diving and sailing, enhances and elevates this New Adult story of self discovery and romance.
Protagonist Ari must face her fears so she can move forward with her life. But the trauma she suffered is deep and not easily put behind her.
Enter Tristan and... ...more

By Samantha June 11, 2017

A definite homerun! This book had everything I could have wanted!

The growth for basically every character was wonderful, not least of all Ari and Tristan. The slow burn (my favorite type of Romance) was a sizzle to an inferno, engulfing me in the best way. The deepening of their relationship was... ...more

By Ashli March 27, 2017

Ari has been accepted into a semester at sea program, the only problem is that Ari is recovering from a shark attack that happened 6 months ago. Not only was her body affected, but also her mind. Her relationship with her twin brother has not recovered from the accident because they both believe... ...more

By Vero March 27, 2017

This is the first time I have read this author and I enjoyed this story. Maybe at the beginning was a little slow but then, the story and the characters won my attention and it was a very entertaining read.

The story is sweet, the romance between the main characters is very well done and all in a... ...more

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Beth Anne Miller

About the author

Beth Anne Miller

My love for the sea began when I became a scuba diver at age 14. That led me to a college semester at sea. I returned with fond memories of being on a schooner under full sail, less fond memories of hurling over the leeward rail on a daily basis, and a sailing bug I couldn’t quite shake. I also have a fascination for all things Scottish (including, but not limited to, men in kilts), which I explored with my first novel, INTO THE SCOTTISH MIST, and carried into my new novel, A STAR TO STEER HER BY (Entangled Embrace, March 2017). I'm a native New Yorker, and am always looking ahead to my next voyage, whether a short one on a dive boat or whale watch, or, with luck, a longer one on a tall ship.

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