Monday, January 28, 2008

The Trouble with Paradise

The Trouble with Paradise by Jill Shalvis

A South Pacific dreamboat cruise turns nightmarish for cute L.A. retail clerk Dorie Anderson, whose winning ticket to paradise proves less than providential in the latest romantic suspense entry from Shavis (Smart and Sexy, etc.). Dorie boards the Sun Song, a small luxury yacht, with three other winning passengers: Vegas dancer Brandy Bradelyne; free-lance artist Cadence Powers and Astros baseball star Andy Hutchinson. After falling on the plank when boarding, Dorie gets a splinter in her shapely posterior that Dr. Christian Montague, the ship's "Grumpy Gorgeous Doctor," guesses at, but Dorie, already Andy-smitten, won't let him near it. Murder, storms and intrigue lead to rough seas indeed, but eventual sunshine is never in doubt.

When Dorie Anderson meets a cute guy, she becomes a huge klutz. But one phone call has turned her dead-end dating life into an adventure: she's won a trip on a singles' cruise to Fiji. On board, she soon meets pro baseball player Andy, and the ship's hunky French doctor. She's sure she'll fall head-over-heels in no time. Unfortunately, she's right: soon, she trips over her luggage right in front of them. Mortifying. But a bigger disaster is just on the horizon. Dorie finds a man murdered in his bunk the same night a storm wrecks the ship, stranding everyone on a deserted shore. It'd be a perfect setting for romance-if it weren't for the fact that there's a killer among them.

I love this book, the plot is actually quite original. A shipwreck and a little murder thrown into the mix, and a heroine (Dorie) who is cute and funny. Its almost like reading a really good episode of the Love Boat, of course this Love Boat holds only 8 persons.

Overall: 4.5/5

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