Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: PG-13
Reviewed For: the author
Blurb: Can an unexplained breakup and ten years of heartache be cured by the romance - and endless buffets - of a tropical cruise? When her sister is left at the altar, small town librarian Zoe Balis jumps at the chance to take the bride’s unused ticket for the honeymoon cruise. But she didn't count on sharing a cabin with the man who broke her heart ten years ago!
Army medic Nate Hyatt never told Zoe goodbye when he enlisted - or the real reason why he dumped her on prom night after a year as high school sweethearts. And he never stopped dreaming about the girl he left behind. Could this voyage be his chance to fix the worst mistake he ever made? After all, a Caribbean cruise should be romantic… if he can convince her to move past ten years of bitterness and hurt.
Once aboard the luxury liner, Zoe befriends a bored Internet mogul with more heart than tact. Nate vents his problems to a ship’s photographer battling PTSD. The four team up on an island hopping treasure hunt. The stakes grow higher with each of Zoe’s mysterious brushes with death. They race to discover why she's a target and who's behind it, while still competing in the treasure hunt.
Zoe’s never gotten over her first love, and is tempted to let Nate back into her life. But she already lost him once. She’s not willing to risk loving a man whose career keeps him in a combat zone. Can Nate breach her defenses and suture her broken heart? Grab a deck chair and see if they survive the stormy relationship seas as they cruise toward love!
My Thoughts: This story is a fun story. It grabs a hold of you from the beginning and when your not reading it, your ready to get your hands back on it and read some more. Zoe and Nate have a history and it ends badly. Nate who thinks he did the right thing had no idea he left Zoe so bitter. But she is. There is so much flirting and chemistry in this book you often find yourself just sitting there smiling as you read it. After Zoe's sister gets left at the alter, she takes her sisters honeymoon ticket and goes on a cruise. Nate gets the grooms ticket. And the whirlwind romance starts.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes romance and wants to get swept away in a story that will steal your heart. This is a long book and when I read the last two words, The End, I wasn't ready! I'd love a follow up on these two. Maybe a short novella...hint hint :)
To learn more about this book and the author, check out her website http://www.christibarth.com/