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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. But when a dive goes wrong, their only hope for survival is each other.

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I’m scarred. Broken.

I’ll never be the same.

Ever since my last dive ended in bloodshed, I’ve been terrified to go back into the water. But I need to get my life back. And I’ve convinced myself a semester at sea is the only way to do it.

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…even though the rules of the ship mean we can't be together.

But that’s the least of our problems, because my biggest fear has become a reality, and I’m not sure either one of us will survive.


"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., 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, 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 KAS April 29, 2018

A quite lovely and fairly tame romantic getaway at sea!

Having lived in the Florida Keys all her life, Ari is an avid scuba diver! She lives to dive, until the unthinkable happens.

Six months later and a sophomore in college, she is accepted into the program of her dreams, ‘Semester At Sea.’ But still ...more

By Nicola April 22, 2018

4.25 stars.

Beth Anne Miller has been one of 2018’s best discoveries for me, and after reading and loving Under a Storm-swept Sky, I couldn’t wait to see what A Star to Steer Her By would bring.

description Your scar tells a story.”

Once again she takes us on an emotional adventure as we join US student, Aria ...more

By Claire April 24, 2018

4 - "You should be proud of your scars... They're part of who you are." Stars!

Another really good read from the imagination of Beth Anne Miller. We travel from San Juan, through the Caribbean to New York, with the students on the Semester at Sea initiative. Ari Goodman the trainee sailor Tristan Mac ...more

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 the ...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 out ...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 (a ...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 up a ...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 growing u ...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 beau ...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 with ...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 heal f ...more

By Robin June 18, 2018

I loved this book. Emotion, romance, adventure, it was a story I won't soon forget. ...more

By Holly April 05, 2018

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 tha ...more

By Fizza 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 at l ...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

By Manoela July 29, 2019

4.5 estrelas .

Eu adorei esse livro do começo ao fim . Eu adorei todos os personagens desse livro , cada um tempo sua relevância para a história , adorei o cenário em que a história foi contada e como a autora soube introduzir o dia a dia da vida em auto mar a história para cá , e tudo isso ainda em ...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 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 book ...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 and ...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 started ...more

By Stevirae July 06, 2020

I loved this book!

I feel like I was on the ship! The way the author describes the scenes on deck as the sun sets and how the wind can make a person feel free and at home on a boat, are truly breathtaking. The author has soon become one of my favorites. This is the second book I have read by her and ...more

By Robert July 25, 2018

So this is not my usual genre of book but I was looking for something different and this was recommended to me so i gave it a shot and proceeded to read it cover to cover in a day. The characters were well developed and the author's descriptions of the ship and all of its components were very detail ...more

By Darlene A. Ford May 04, 2018

This was a beautifully written love story. Each of the two main characters have issues to deal with and they assist each other in working through these. And then there is the sea and a sailing ship where the story takes place. This writer made me feel like I was on the ship, learning to hoist the sa ...more

By Caity August 16, 2018

I really enjoyed reading this book, and what more could I ask for of my vacation read? My only complaint was that I just finished Under A Storm-Swept Sky, and some parts of this felt very similar to that — not necessarily bad, just noticeable. I wish there was another adventure with a Scottish dream ...more

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Beth Anne Miller

About the author

Beth Anne Miller

Beth Anne Miller has a fascination for all things Scottish (including, but not limited to, men in kilts), which has influenced all her writing to date. Her first novel is a time travel called INTO THE SCOTTISH MIST; her second, A STAR TO STEER HER BY, has a Scottish hero; and her newest book, UNDER A STORM-SWEPT SKY, is set on the Isle of Skye, and was inspired by her own long-distance treks in Scotland. A native New Yorker, Beth Anne lives on Long Island and works in the publishing industry. She’s looking forward to her next trip to Scotland.

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