I would do anything for my sister. That includes pretending to be her on a cruise so she can stay behind and spy on her cheating husband.
My job? Take over her Instagram and enjoy myself.
But my tropical holiday becomes anything but relaxing, once I meet Sebastian Greer. Pain in the ass extraordinaire. A desperate man who can only be looking for one thing – to hook up with all the single women he can find on the ship.
Unfortunately, Sebastian seems to be everywhere I go. And the thing is, the more I run into him, the more I realize that maybe I was wrong about him after all.
Seducing a beautiful woman on a cruise? Sounds like a dream come true, right?
I’m not here to fall in love or even hook up. I’m here to catch a cheater.
That’s right, my boss thinks his wife is unfaithful, and it’s my job to prove it.
There’s just one problem…the more I get to know my target, the harder I find it to fight these unexpected feelings for her.
When she confesses that she’s not who I think she is, I’m pissed – even though I’ve been lying to her too.
With tensions flying high, we’re both sick of this ship. The end of the cruise can’t come soon enough. But after we disembark, no matter how much I want to forget her, I can’t. The question remains: could we overcome our secrets and have a future together, or did our ship already sink?
Talk about tangled. Anna believes her husband is cheating on her especially when he cancels out of the romantic cruise for their anniversary. In order to prove things one way or another she needs to stay in town. Her sister Zoey looks enough like her to be her twin so it’s easy enough to switch places. Except for one little detail. Zoey is single but she has to play the part of a married woman.
Sebastian is hired by Anna’s husband Mike to find out if she’s cheating on him. It’s not a rough job going on a cruise and following a woman. He does manage to get into her inner circle quite by accident.
The thing is there’s an attraction there, and Zoey can’t take advantage of it because she’s pretending to be her married sister. Sebastian can’t be the one thing he despises a cheater let alone with a client’s wife.
I loved the way this story progresses, there’s lots of fun and adventure with a look at the cruise excursions, also laughter, tears and some sizzle!
5 Contented Purrs for Mari!
Copyright 2022 @Mari Sol
“Please, I need you, Zoey,” Anna says again. “I wouldn’t ask if this wasn’t completely urgent.”
“Anna, you ask me literally every time you need anything.”
I cross my arms, trying hard not to smile as my sister gives me her sweetest of puppy looks.
“You love helping me.” She pats my hair. You would never guess she’s the older sister here. But she’s not wrong. She’s my universe. I am here for everything she needs, no questions asked. I learned my lesson back when we were young. The one time it mattered, I wasn’t there for her, and it shattered everything. I’ll never make that mistake again.
“What if I help you in LA? We could figure out what Mike is up to together. Girl power. Sisterhood of the traveling penis. All that.”
“Zo, the cruise is where I need the help,” Anna says. “You can easily pass as me in photos that aren’t close-ups. Keeping my Instagram full of cruise shots is the perfect distraction for Mike while I follow him around LA.”
“I’ll help you however I can, but I would be most useful on land.”
“I know you hate even the thought of a cruise. But think of it this way. It’ll be much better than lying around watching TV in your tiny apartment back in LA while you rest your ankle. I’m pretty sure you had no other plans for the break.”
“There’s plenty to do in LA, even with a sprained ankle.”
“You’re supposed to be resting, not running all over. At least on a cruise you can lounge at the pool, have all your meals taken care of, and beach it up in each port of call.”
I let out a long sigh. I hate that she’s right. Being marginally injured is the most boring possible status to have. I can sort of do everything, but I’m not supposed to do anything. It’s killing me. But if I still can’t run, jump, or climb at high speed after the break? That would be worse. That would jeopardize my career.
“I… but…” There has to be a reason I shouldn’t go on the cruise. “I was going to do a lot of upper body training at that new gym near the studio next week.”
“So were you planning to seduce a certain someone who’s been talking up his membership there?” Anna purses her lips.
“No.” I glare at her. “I’m not into Grant. I mean, whoever you’re talking about.”
“Why don’t you invite him to come on the cruise?” Anna cocks her head, one eyebrow raised. “It’s easy enough to transfer a cruise ticket to someone else. I can give him Mike’s. A free trip with my gorgeous sister? Come on, he’d go.”
I could laugh. Anna knows I’m incapable of inviting a man to coffee, let alone a cruise. And a seduction at sea, by me?
“I am not inviting Grant Kevlar! We only met a month ago, in this very trailer. He would never go on a Caribbean Cruise with me, even if it’s free.”
“Who says I wouldn’t go on a free Caribbean Cruise with my new BFF?” Jamie Von Burger, my favorite hair stylist of all time- who I also met a month ago in this trailer- blows in the door, wet as a sewer rat. Jamie drops his umbrella, and water sprays the room. “I’m dying to get out of this tropical depression. Please tell me you weren’t making up the idea of a jaunt to the Caribbean. I want to drink Piña Coladas in the sun with you, babes.” He air-kisses my cheek and his beard tickles my skin, while his long flowing locks cascade forward in a silken waterfall. “We’re a dream team. Think of the boys we could slay.”
Of course, at this very moment, in walks Grant Kevlar himself. Upon hearing Jamie’s words, he raises his eyebrows at me, a delectable smile playing over his soft lips. My heart stutter stops. He’s the stunt double to the hunkiest of hunky actors, Zander Zane, but somehow, he’s much darker and sexier than his silver screen counterpart could ever be. I’d so go on a cruise if he was there. Even though I’d never admit it, maybe a small part of me hoped I’d bump into him at a certain LA gym.
“Jamie and Zoey are taking a Caribbean Cruise next week.” Anna smiles. Jamie widens his eyes at her. I narrow mine. That little skunk.
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Somewhere between Hallmark movies and the SNL skits about Hallmark movies, there’s my brain. Yep, I write romantic comedies. My capable, assertive, and sometimes sarcastic female leads are adventurous and quirky, and the men who fall for them are absolutely worth your (er, their) time. My Halloween rom com, “Romance is Dead” hit #6 on Amazon for Holiday Romance and features a very cinnamon-roll hero.
As most people do, I started writing Rom Coms when I was a stressed out corporate director and needed the escape. So my books will send you somewhere fun, like a tropical beach (or a haunted theme park) for some relaxing self care time. I love the juicy bits – yes, all the bits – but I believe in making healthy relationships hot, so the juice will be made with kale, and probably a cucumber or two. *Wink*
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