Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Spotlight + Review: Cruising Toward Love by Christi Barth from the Destination: Love Anthology

"I want you, Zoe." - Nathaniel Hyatt

Destination: Love
Authors: Christi Barth, Eliza Knight, Misty D. Waters, Piper J. Drake, and Christina Elle
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: August 1, 2017
Source: Author for Review

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Don’t bother with your passport - you can watch our HOT couples fall in love from the comfort of your couch! USA Today bestsellers Christi Barth, Eliza Knight, Misty D. Waters and Piper J. Drake, and Christina Elle take you along on sexy, romance-drenched vacations all over the globe. Enjoy the exotic settings, the steamy vacation flings that become something more. Take the plunge with five couples as they throw caution to the wind and give in to temptation. The final destination in this itinerary is love, and you’re in for the trip of your life. 

Cruising Toward Love
Can an unexplained breakup and ten years of heartache be cured by the romance – and endless buffets – of a tropical cruise? When her sister is left at the altar, small town librarian Zoe Balis jumps at the chance to take the bride’s unused ticket for the honeymoon cruise. But she didn't count on sharing a cabin with the man who broke her heart ten years ago!

Wherever You Are
After life takes a heart-breaking turn, Calista Adams indulges in a fling while on vacation. But that steamy encounter fills her heart with something she thought never to have again. Maxwell Dane can’t stop thinking about Calista, but he’s home in Paris, she’s an ocean away. Until Calista takes a nine-week sabbatical to travel Europe. With a second chance in sight, Max won’t let her push him away. This could be the forever kind of love, and there’s only one way to find out.

Tell Me No Lies
A handsome B&B owner plus an exotic vacation equals a rare opportunity for overworked single mom Amelia Spenser: a chance to be someone else. For one week, she’s free to be anyone he wants. And she wants to be his perfect match. He doesn’t have to know who she really is. What’s a few lies for the sake of a week they’ll never forget? It’s not like they’ll fall in love…

Finding His Mark
Security chief Michael Hunt brings in wet work specialist Sushar “Su” Sakda to pose as his woman, find his mark, and eliminate the threat—an assassin hunting in his organization. They make a potent pair for this job, and if they survive, their sizzling pretense could become the real thing.

Anywhere With You
Teegan Michaels has attended six weddings for her sorority sisters dateless and she refuses to go to the last one alone. Not when she has a perfectly respectable—not to mention hot—NFL player ready to save her from humiliation. Who cares that he’s the bride’s ex-fianc√© and only wants to go for revenge? What's the worst that could happen?

***This anthology is filled with original content, brand new from the authors. On sale for a limited time only!***

Confession time... I had a little bit of a whoops moment when I started reading Destination: Love. There are times when I really want to take it easy and pick up a couple novellas. I've been reading mostly full length romances for the past month or so and it was finally starting to wear me out. So thinking this anthology was comprised of 5 novellas based on the page count, I figured why not read a couple from it so I can review more than one today. I start reading and the first book was longer than I expected. Turns out the first book in the anthology is actually a full length book. Sigh... Note to self: check before reading. So, I apologize that I only have one review for you today. I will come back and review the rest of anthology at a later date.

Cruising Toward Love, which is the first story in the Destination: Love anthology, was a fun second chance romance with a beautiful tropical setting. It's not all sunshine and umbrella drinks with Zoe and Nate sharing a honeymoon suite. Attraction and the sexual tension radiate off of them. It's obvious to the reader that they are clearly not over each other, no matter how much they say differently. I adore second chance romance. Spending the time to get to know each character while waiting patiently to find out just what happened between them is my idea of fun. Did Nate have a good reason to break Zoe's heart? Why did he do it? All questions are answered when both are ready to hear the answers. The only issue I had with the story was the secondary romance. While I enjoyed Callie and Reed, I wanted their romance to be it's own novella. It didn't take anything away from this book, I just felt like they should have been explored more in their own book. Although I was in the mood for a novella, I quite enjoyed Cruising Toward Love. From the second chance romance to the mystery behind the scavenger hunt, I had quite a fun time reading this book.

Christi Barth

Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage.

A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning.  Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Naked Men and Aisle Bound series. Christi can always be found whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world.

Eliza Knight

Eliza Knight is a USA Today bestselling author of sizzling historical romance, time-travel, contemporary and erotic romance. Under the name E. Knight, she pens riveting historical fiction. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain with her own knight in shining armor, three princesses and two very naughty puppies.

Misty D. Waters

USA Today Bestselling author Misty D. Waters lives with her family in Maryland. When she isn’t steaming up the pages to a good romance, abusing her muse, or random dancing, she's writing edge-of-your-seat science fiction thrillers as M.D. Waters. 

Piper J. Drake

Piper J. Drake is a bestselling author of romantic suspense and edgy contemporary romance, a frequent flyer, and day job road warrior. She is often distracted by dogs, cupcakes, and random shenanigans.

Christina Elle

Christina believes that laughter really is the best medicine, which is why in her stories she blends a healthy dose of hilarious hijinks with gritty suspense.

When she’s not writing fun contemporary romance or quirky romantic suspense, Christina can be found devouring books in every genre, watching Chris Hemsworth on TV, playing board games with her family, working out, checking out Chris Hemsworth on Facebook, napping, stalking Chris Hemsworth on Instagram, and shopping…for Chris Hemsworth’s latest DVD.

Christina lives near Baltimore with her husband and two sons, who give her an endless supply of humorous material to write about.

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