After personal tragedy, Captain Jolie Gordon takes charge of the Masquerade, a fishing boat turned pleasure-cruiser. Jolie dreams of owning a successful business charter, but she is one pinion away from losing everything she’s invested. She’s got the summer to come up with enough money to buy a new engine and can’t afford any distractions.
Ex ski instructor Heath Hamilton boards the Masquerade for his brother’s wedding party charter, angry at all he’s lost due to a random accident on the slopes. Excruciating pain keeps Heath from trusting that he will ever be whole again. Left with the pieces of who he used to be, nobody is more surprised than Heath when he accepts Jolie’s offered job as a bartender on the yacht for the summer.
Opening her heart is a risk, but Jolie recognizes in Heath a kindred spirit, forced to rebuild after circumstances changed the planned course. They spend the steamy South Florida summer daring to love again, fearing that life does not always go according to plan.
I have read several books by this author and liked them. This one I would have to rate as "okay." I liked it but its not a favorite. Even with good main characters, beautiful settings and good secondary people, I still have to give it 3 Stars on Amazon. Maybe because of the slower pacing of the story. But then, towards the end of the book it does pull out a surprise or two that I didn't see coming. That I did like and there is a HEA ending.
After personal tragedy, Captain Jolie Gordon takes charge of the Masquerade, a fishing boat turned pleasure-cruiser. She has only the summer to make enough money to buy an engine and can’t afford any distractions—like her new bartender, Heath Hamilton. An angry ex-ski instructor, Heath has lost his future hopes, due to an accident on the slopes. Jolie recognizes Heath as a kindred spirit, forced to rebuild after circumstances out of his control. They spend the steamy South Florida summer daring to love again, but for how long?