I'm not a big fan of snow, so a cruise ship sounds good! And I do love some holiday romances. So enjoy an excerpt and my book review of Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship by Parker Fairchild. Share your thoughts with the author as you follow the book tour. And best of luck entering the giveaway!
On a Caribbean cruise, a platter full of cookies, and a shot of Christmas magic yields a perfect pairing.
Chemist and budding romance writer Olivia Chasen is on a cruise to avoid spending Christmas with her beautiful twin sister and new fiancé—Olivia’s ex. Now, thanks to her lonely, intoxicated ramblings on Santa’s lap, her fellow passengers think she’s in love with a fictional character.
Former Navy SEAL Commander Jace Morse has dealt with plenty of unusual situations in his career, but he’s never had the honor, the pleasure, or the privilege of being a beautiful and intelligent woman’s fantasy hero come to life. While he hasn’t officially met the sexy chemist, he’s sure eager to explore the chemistry that’s sizzling between them.
Bringing the charming SEAL together with the skeptical Olivia is going to take more than just Christmas cookies and a little help from Mrs. Claus; it’s gonna take a heaping dose of Christmas magic.
Read an excerpt:
“Dr. Olivia Chasen,” Santa’s jolly baritone popped her mental fuzzy bubble.
She stopped as she struggled to whirl around. “Me?” She touched her chest with a dramatic flourish she didn’t know she possessed.
A powerful spotlight illuminated her; its heat burned her already flushed face.
She pressed a clammy palm to her chest. “How do you know my name?” The haze in her mind was paralyzing all cognitive function.
“My dear girl,” Santa chuckled, “you should know by now that Santa knows everything and everyone,” he tapped an index finger to his temple.
Santa Claus turned to address the waiting line. “Girls, Boys, Moms, Dads, everyone, if you don't mind waiting for a brief moment, I'd like for Olivia,” he pointed a white gloved finger at her, “to please come up here on stage, and tell me what she wants for Christmas.”
She stood dumbfounded as the audience and the people in line clapped and chanted her name, “Olivia! Olivia! Olivia!”
Oh no! What was she going to do? She couldn’t possibly go up onto that stage. She was far too shy to address a theater full of people.
But if she didn’t go that would be so unexciting and so like the old Olivia.
But she wasn't unexciting! She was the new Olivia, and she was exciting! And she wanted to have fun! Correction: She was determined to have fun. Besides, she’d never see these people—her fellow passengers—ever again.
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This is definitely one of the most unique meetings between the hero and heroine I have ever encountered! Jace is a real person, but it's like Olivia knew him already as she is writing about him in her new novel. And here he now is in the flesh. But he definitely existed before the figment of her imagination.
The two of them are brought together by a Santa Claus on the cruise that each of them are on for different reasons. He is there to celebrate a wedding; she is trying to escape a wedding, that of her ex-boyfriend to her identical twin sister. (There are so many feelings about that whole mess! Ugh!) And then speaking of her sister, there's another twist to the story related to that.
Quirky characters, cringeworthy comedic moments, Christmas cookies, a cruise ship, and a little contemporary romance.
Thank you to Goddess Fish and the author for a requested review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
A Virginia native, she and her husband have their own shipboard romance as they met on a cruise ship tender in Maui, and as her mom is fond of saying, "they haven't stopped talking since." When she's not busy playing with words, she loves spending time with her husband and family in Arizona where she now resides.
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