Posted in 4 paws, Review, romance, women on March 1, 2015



Take a smoking-hot captain with a secret and an undercover cruise reviewer determined to change her sex life from flat to fiery. Shake well over rough seas. Serve on a king-size bed for a sizzling good time.

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For twenty-eight years, cruise critic Darcy Simons has followed the rules. And what did it get her? A broken heart, an unfaithful fiancé, and a pile of bills taller than her uneaten four-tiered wedding cake. Clearly, it’s not blondes, but bad girls, who have more fun, and she is determined to become one of them.

While Darcy is on the maiden voyage of the Ocean Starr cruise liner to write a snarky review that will earn enough money to pay off her canceled wedding, she’s determined to break some personal rules and have a wild sexual adventure—she just needs to find the perfect man. When she bumps into Captain Mitch James, and both his briefcase and sparks fly, she knows Mitch is just the guy for the job.

Too bad Mitch has a firm no-messing-with-female-passengers rule. But when he discovers Darcy’s true reason for taking the cruise, he decides to use his charm to get a thumbs up for his ship. Breaking his own rules, he sets out to seduce her. Now, if he can just convince himself that his only interest in Darcy is a good review, he might make it back to port with his heart intact.

Publisher’s warning: This book contains sensual consummated love scenes.

Series description:

The Change of Heart series is about a group of small town friends who all need a fresh start and a change of outlook in order to find their forever loves.


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This is a light fun romance read. I’ve read both of Denise’s mystery series so thought it would be fun to see how she did at a romance storyline. Quite well I have to say. The story covers love, lust, deception, chemistry and hot love scenes.

I liked the twist of Mitch being wealthy along with being the captain of the ship. And Darcy is there to write a scathing review on the maiden voyage of the ship. One that she realizes she can’t do because she isn’t that kind of person anymore. She wants to be a “bad” girls since she was jilted at the alter and with the instant attraction between her and Mitch, she will get to fulfill that fantasy.  I also liked that Darcy was built like a real woman and not skinny.  Something to be said for womanly curves!

The book is an easy read, perfect when you just want to enjoy a book. Warning there are fairly detailed sex scenes, just in case you weren’t expecting it in this book. I’d say about a 3 on a 1-5 heat level. Not too crazy but more than “behind closed doors” scenes.

We give this 4 paws up, a nice escape from the cold and dreary today!  It looks like will be a series, am guessing with her 3 sorority sisters that were mentioned?!  Will be looking for those in the near future.


About the Author

Denise-SwansonNew York Times Bestseller author Denise Swanson was a practicing school psychologist for twenty-two years. Good Girl Overboard is her first romance and begins the Change of Heart contemporary romance series. She also writes the Scumble River and Devereaux’s Dime Store mysteries. Her books all feature small-town heroines with lots of heart.

Denise’s books have been finalists for the Agatha, Mary Higgins Clark, RT Magazine’s Career Achievement, and Daphne du Maurier Awards. She has won the Reviewers Choice Award and was a BookSense 76 Top Pick.

Denise Swanson lives in Illinois with her husband, classical composer David Stybr, and their cool black cat Boomerang.

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