Tequila Sunrise by Allie Boniface
Series: Cocktail Cruise #1
Published on July 21, 2014
Genres: Love, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 126 : Paperback/ebook edition
Source: Received through Black Lion Blog Tours and the author in exchange for an honest review
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Recently dumped by her long-time boyfriend because she wasn’t thin enough, Louise Jamison wants to let loose and find love (or at least great sex) on board a romantic singles’ cruise. When she meets the man of her dreams at a speed dating event, Lou believes she’s struck gold.
Toby DeMarco is too busy building his new construction business to get involved in a serious relationship. He only goes on the four-day cruise because his best friend’s family owns the line and his sister works on it, so he got a great deal. He plans to relax, rejuvenate and maybe find a woman to pass the time with. But when he meets the luscious Louise, his heart’s a goner and all bets are off.
A few days of romance are jeopardized when Louise learns that the cruise line’s matchmaking service assigns partners based on looks and weight. Mortified by this unethical business practice, she takes to social media and makes national headlines. But the publicity is hurting Toby’s family and friends – and family means everything to Toby.
Will Toby be able to convince Lou that true love exists beyond numbers, before it’s too late?
Eeep! I just LOVE when books with romance as the main focus deal with other very real and prevalent issues in our society, and Tequila Sunrise does just that! So, yes, while there was a swoon worthy story woven in there, there was also a story about standing up for what is right and if that means setting love aside to do so, then so be it.
I just loved pretty much everything about this story. It moved quickly, but not too fast; at a level where it was appropriate to speed by some things and on other issues to slow it down and make sure the reader was given the entire experience of everything that was taking place in the novel.
Often times when reading romance novels, I find myself trying to compare them to other authors and novels in the same genre to kind of group them together, but I think Allie Boniface has created characters and situations where they are able to effectively stand on their own and stand out in the romance genre. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series!