When Ellie’s fiancé cheats on her with a younger, slimmer, blonde from the office, she boots him out of her life and finds solace in a fabulous photography job aboard a Caribbean cruise ship. Twenty-four hours on board and she’s already shagged her sexy Texan colleague, who happens to love her muffin-top. Unfortunately he’s leaving in a week, and his ex-girlfriend, a hot-headed Brazilian with stripper moves right out of the 90s and a talent for stealing boyfriends, is still on board and out for revenge.
Ellie must work out how to deal with the loco ex, sort the lying scumbags from the good guys, and figure out how many crew members in a cabin it takes before officially becoming group sex. Who the hell knows? (It’s five, actually.) It’s a world completely unlike the one she left behind, but as she tries to find her place on board, Ellie discovers laughter and tears in equal measure. And in the midst of the craziness, she realises the greatest thing this lifestyle change has given her is the chance to rediscover herself.
“I’d never seen anything quite so big or impressive since the summer I spent working in a Turkish steam room.”
“Oh Lord. A sexy, confident man I’d known for less than an hour was flirting with me in a completely obvious way. And he was sober. I’d never experienced anything like it.”
“They call it ‘clothing optional,’ which is really code for being full of naked old men with wrinkly wieners nobody needs to see.”
“Just when you least expected it, the boy with the feather boa came out with a pearl of wisdom.”
Ellie has left her cheating arse fiancé, home, and long-lost self-confidence behind and signed on for 6 months of employment on a cruise ship, aka, “The Lust Boat,” hoping to find herself again. What happens instead is that she remains true to form and her naïveté, continued poor choices in men, and tendency to live in denial leave her continued prey for even more deceptive Lotharios, and a target for a petty and malicious barracuda, all of whom happen to be her co-workers. Quickly suckered by three different wankers within a matter of weeks, she must be rather dense as she just doesn’t seem to learn from her mistakes, despite her self-talk and best intentions. The storyline and writing are light, humorous, descriptive, and easy to follow. The characters are rather hapless in their love lives but shrug it off with the idea that everyone is living a lie and just there to have a good time while working on board. A quick and entertaining read for an afternoon or beach day.
Cathryn Chapman nearly gave up her writing career when her eighth grade English teacher refused to believe her sensual poem could have been written by somebody so young. Two years later, when Cathryn was fourteen, that same English teacher declared she should start writing for Mills & Boon, and a women’s fiction writer was born. Cathryn graduated from university with a Business Degree and spent seven years travelling the world – working on cruise ships, and living in London, New York, Paris and South America. In her thirties, she left a successful marketing and public relations career to pursue her dream of gracing the stages in London’s West End. When this failed dismally, Cathryn settled down with a husband and baby boy, and stayed in one country long enough to finally write her first novel, SEX, LIES, AND CRUISING