Hi everyone! Please enjoy all the information and reviews I have about this sexy new series Cocktail Cruises by Allie Boniface!
Warning: R-rated for sexual content; 3 Flames (Contains occasional sensual, explicit love scenes, and the language used to describe them may be graphic and direct)
Books 1-3 + Exclusive Bonus Story
by Allie Boniface
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: December 1st, 2014
Enjoy all three of the Cocktail Cruise stories in one volume, along with cocktail recipes and excerpts from some of your favorite USA Today and Amazon best-selling authors – available only in this collection!
A brawny construction worker and a plus-sized beauty…
A millionaire playboy and an elementary school teacher turned sex advice columnist…
A single mom and a sexy South American dance instructor…
Tequila Sunrise, Sex on the Beach, and Between the Sheets are the three stand-alone novellas of the Cocktail Cruise series, but read together, these sexy heroes and feisty heroines will take you through one hot year on board the Spirit of the Seas, from the cruise ship to the Florida coast and beyond
This box set includes:
Tequila Sunrise: 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? (Check out my review here!)
Sex on the Beach: Two people who’ve always played at love discover the stakes are higher when they let down their guard and open their hearts…
Cassidy Arnez is an elementary school teacher with an enormous secret: a sexually adventurous online life that she leads under a foolproof alias. Her motto has always been to enjoy sex and the single life as much as possible. With a deadbeat dad and a brother who died in combat, she knows she can’t rely on any man to stick around.
Bryce Anderson enjoys his bachelor life as the CFO of a major cruise line, a position that gets him all the sun, sand, and women he could want. But he meets his match in Cass, who’s even less interested in commitment than he is, and her casual, confident sexuality turns him on more than anyone he’s ever met.
When a financial crisis at Cass’s school places her, and her coveted secret identity, at the center of a small town firestorm, she must decide whether she’ll let Bryce become the first man she’ll trust with both her secrets and her heart. (Check out my review here!)
Between the Sheets: An affair with an exotic cruise line dance instructor might be just the escape this single mother needs…
Andrea is determined to merge career and motherhood, which she’s (barely) managing as a cruise line marketing manager and a single mom to six-year-old Drew. That life leaves zero time for sex or love, so when she has a chance for a no-strings fling with a sexy cruise ship dancer, she decides to go for it.
Sebastian is enjoying a low-key life as a dance instructor on a singles’ cruise ship, a welcome change from his previous life in Argentina as the star of a hugely popular dance show. Tired of women who only wanted him for his moves on and off the dance floor, he’s content to teach basic waltz and foxtrot and keep to himself. But when the lonely, enigmatic Andrea sweeps into his life, everything changes.
Can he come to terms with his past? Can she find room in her life and her heart for another man? And is the possibility of new love strong enough to make them both want to? (Check out my review here!)
Plus an exclusive short:
Sprits for All Seasons features cocktail recipes (alcoholic and not) from some of your favorite USA Today and Amazon best-selling authors. Get ready for Santa, spice up your summer party, or prep for football season with these original drink recipes along with romantic sneak peeks and excerpts!
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About the Author
Allie was born and raised in a tiny community in upstate New York, which probably explains her fascination with the magic of small town life. She holds a B.A and M.A. in English Literature and is a full-time high school English teacher in the northern NYC suburbs, where she currently resides. When she isn’t teaching or writing, she and her husband love to travel both in the United States and abroad. She is the author of seven novels and three novellas and writes sensual contemporary romance because she loves exploring the emotions that connect us all!
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US only: Signed paperback of The Promise of Paradise
Lou turned away from the speed dating crowd and stared outside, where the sun was just beginning to slip toward the ocean. For a moment she wished she were one of the birds on the horizon, soaring and dipping far above the water. Carefree. Removed.
“Gorgeous, isn’t it?”
She froze. That voice. A tanned elbow touched hers. Spicy cologne sent her hormones rocketing. In slow motion, she turned. And bit her bottom lip. And tried to remember how to breathe. Well, there you are. Chocolate brown eyes caught and held hers. A smile, framed on one side by that deep dimple, sent something sinfully wonderful squiggling straight down to the pit of her stomach. Lower, actually, to a spot below her stomach that hadn’t felt anything in months.
“Hi. I’m Toby.”
Lou’s entire world splintered, and it was all she could do not to drop her drink and dive into his arms. Maybe Charming Hearts hadn’t been a bad idea after all.
“I saw the paint outside,” Toby said. “The words on the driveway.”
Lou paled and dropped his hand. “Yeah.”
“Have other things happened?”
She shrugged. “Not really.”
“Is that the truth?” He didn’t believe her, not the way she was avoiding his direct gaze.
“Let’s not talk about it.” She locked the door behind him. “Are you hungry?”
He dropped his duffel and took her in his arms again. “For you? Yes.” His hands slipped down her bare arms, and she shivered under his touch. He didn’t say another word. Her breath turned ragged, and he hoped she wanted this as much as he did. He’d dreamt about it, turning her wet with desire. Making love to her and then waking up in her arms. While in another time, with another woman, his certainty might have scared the hell out of him, now it only felt right, like he’d been waiting for her forever.
“Toby,” she said against his neck. “God, I…” Her eyes half-closed, and her hands moved to his zipper, where he knew she could feel how much he wanted her. So hard. So needing to be inside her.
Two buttons on her shirt popped in his struggle to free them. She pulled it over her head and dropped it to the floor. Her breathing deepened as his mouth moved from her neck to her collarbone and down to the fabric of her bra. Impatient, he pulled it aside, needing to capture her bare breast in his mouth, needing to make her shiver and moan beneath him. With one hand he reached around and unfastened the clasp. She dragged her hands beneath his shirt and tugged it up and off, and then it was skin against skin, his hands everywhere and wanting more, still more, always more.
“Is this okay?” he asked. He placed both hands on her face, thumbs stroking her cheekbones. God, she was so beautiful.
She didn’t answer. Instead she led him to her bedroom, a tiny room at the back of the apartment with a bed and a dresser and not much else. Streaks of sunset came through the filmy curtains, but she left the lights off, and their shadows moved across the wall as they fell onto the bed.
He lay beside her and ran one hand down her bare torso. “I’m crazy about you, Lou. I want you to know that. I haven’t stopped thinking about you.” He wanted her more than anything, but it was more than sex. If she said no to that, he almost wouldn’t care. He’d take her in his arms and fall asleep next to her, and that would be enough.
Bryce ran the back of one hand down her bare arm as he leaned over to flag the bartender. Electricity shot all the way up to Cass’s shoulder, and something deliciously warm and familiar tingled between her legs. She brushed his shoulder as she reached for her drink, telegraphing a message that registered in the light of his eyes.
He took a long swallow of his beer, then rested one elbow on the bar and turned toward her. Two inches, maybe one, separated them. She could smell him. If she leaned forward, she could probably taste him. And damn, but that mouth looked like it would know what to do on a woman’s body.
“That pick-up line, by the way?” she said. “The good-luck charm? Weak.”
He clutched his chest as if she’d shot him. “Was it that bad?” The corner of his mouth quirked up. “I thought it had flair.” He touched the neck of his beer bottle to her glass. “Women like flair.”
Cass crossed one leg over the other and let her dress ride up. “Flair is over-rated.” She ran her fingers through her hair, loose and falling past her shoulders. “It takes more than that to win a girl over.” A nice ass will do, though, she thought. Good smile and wit helped too, and so far Bryce was three for three, though she wouldn’t tell him that.
“Decided to take the free cruise?”
“How’s your friend Louise?”
“She’s fine. Spends a lot of time with Toby, but I’m guessing you already know that.” She sipped her martini. “What about your buddy? The one from the bachelor party? He get married yet?”
“Yep. Valentine’s Day.” He cocked his head when she didn’t answer. “I take it you’re not a fan?”
“Of marriage? Or Valentine’s Day?” Not either one, she wanted to say. She set her glass down after another sip. “Thanks for the drink. But I think I’ll be going.” First conversations never needed to last longer than a few minutes. She’d leave him wanting more.
Bright, beautiful afternoon light poured down from above. They had less than a half-hour before boarding would finish and the ship would set sail. Guests milled around the open deck, equal amounts of men and women, mostly in their twenties and thirties. Salsa music poured from a speaker in the corner, and Andrea found herself drawn in that direction. A knot of people had gathered near the small outdoor bar, and as she slipped through them and neared the railing, a heavy Spanish accent turned a single word into the sexiest syllables Andrea had ever heard.
She froze and shaded her eyes against the setting sun. She knew that voice. She knew this face, the body, the wide smile and the hands that, the last time she’d boarded this ship, had held hers as they danced by the pool. Sebastian.
“Hi.” She wriggled into the only space along the railing, directly beside him. Dark skin, dark eyes, cheekbones that could slice ice…this guy looked as though he could give orgasms on command. She’d forgotten the raw sexuality that oozed from the ship’s dance instructor. Squiggles of desire moved through her.
“Andrea, yes? It is very nice to see you. I didn’t know you would be on board.” He spoke in careful, measured words. The faintest scent of spiced cologne hung over him.
“I’m working,” she said. “I’m on board to see the new itinerary and give a report back to the Tampa office.”
He nodded, his eyes never leaving hers. “Lover’s Cay, yes. The new island stop.”
Perspiration broke out along her upper back, and she pulled her hair off her shoulders. Only this man could make the word Lover sound as though it was a proposition. Not like she would mind if it was.
Vacation sex can be wildly erotic…
The Savvy Goddess’s advice flew into her mind. Oh, yes. An erotic few days with this man would be perfect.
Salsa music continued to fill the air, and Sebastian leaned close to whisper in her ear. “I am working too, and this is my cue. You will excuse me, yes? Perhaps we can speak again later.”
Before she could reply or think of anything except what his breath felt like against her skin, he walked to the center of the deck, clad in a black tank top and tight black pants. His hair was long enough to be pulled back in a short ponytail at the back of his neck, and though Andrea had always found crew cuts more appealing, suddenly all she could picture was that dark hair loosed from its tie and falling around her face as she kissed Sebastian. As he worked his way down her body, slowly, and deliberately, until –
A squeal from a group of women to her left shattered the fantasy. Andrea’s skin broke out in gooseflesh as Sebastian began to dance. With an intense gaze that swept the crowd, he broke into a smile. Not a word. Not a single announcement about who he was or why he was on the ship. His body simply turned into a blur of hips, hands, and feet that moved across the deck.
My God, this man is amazing.
His sensual gaze caught hers for a moment, and it was all Andrea could do not to shimmy over and grab his hand for a twirl or two. She was not a shimmy girl. Or a twirl girl. But if Sebastian was the one whose hand held hers, then she’d reconsider her dance ability.