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Tropical Getaway [Mass Market Paperback]

Roxanne St. Claire
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Feb. 4 2003

Roxanne St. Claire brings to life the beauty and danger of the Caribbean in her stunning debut novel, blending intrigue with white-hot passion for a suspenseful, sultry read.

Ava Santori is cooking up a storm in the family restaurant in Boston's North End when a call from the Coast Guard brings shattering news: her beloved brother was lost in a shipwreck. Determined to find out why the ship was steered into a hurricane, Ava packs her bags for the lush isle of St. Barts -- where she puts the blame squarely on the broad shoulders of the ship's owner.

Dane Erikson built the luxurious Utopia Adventures cruise line from the ground up and he's not about to let it sink. Enlisting Ava to help discover the truth about the doomed Paradisio, he finds himself unbearably tempted by this fiery, impetuous woman. And as their investigation causes danger to close in, he and Ava find their hearts leading them to the same place...straight into each other's arms.


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Chef Ava Santori's world falls apart after she finds out her estranged younger brother, Marco, has been lost at sea. When the ambulance-chasing attorney who's setting up a class action suit against the cruise line hints that gross negligence caused the "accident," Ava decides to go to St. Barts and do a little investigating herself. Dane Erikson, owner of the cruise line and target of the lawsuit, is devastated by the loss of his crew, especially his friend Marco. Ava sets out determined to hate Dane, but the longer she's with him, the more unlikely it seems that he had anything to do with her brother's death. Eventually the two of them join forces to find out exactly what happened to the doomed ship. As their admiration, and, eventually, love, grow, so does the magnitude of the perils they face. Romance, danger, and adventure on the high seas in just the right combination makes St. Claire's debut a very impressive one. Shelley Mosley
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable romantic suspense Feb. 15 2003
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For five years Ava Santori and her famous family of chefs awaited to hear from her estrange brother Marco, but nary a word came until now. They learn that Marco died as a Second Mate on the ill-fated Paradisio passenger ship that went down when it sailed into Hurricane Carlos.
The grieving family wants to move past the incident. However, lawyer Grayson Boyd persuades Ana to come to the Caribbean Island of St. Bart to sue the ship's owner Dane Erikson who stands to make millions on the disaster. Ana believes the avaricious Dane caused Marco's death. Dane believes Ana failed to act like a sister to his best friend. Both wants to hate the other, but neither can ignore the growing love towards one another even while danger mounts from an illegal operation.
Though the continual misunderstanding between the lead protagonists seems difficult to accept especially midway into the novel, readers will enjoy this romantic suspense. The action focuses on the lead couple's misconceptions before twisting into an intrigue. The plot is at its finest when Dane and Ana argue over Marco while falling in love. The intrigue adds excitement, but detours the story line from its roots. Still the audience will appreciate Roxanne St. Claire's tale.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Trip to Paradise! Awesome new book! Feb. 13 2003
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Stop your world when you reach for this divine debut book, a pure pleasure to read. I was transported to paradise from the first page across the twists and turns to the heart pounding end -- and I am aching for a sequel! What a joy to meet characters as courageous and gusty as Ava, as compassionate -- and passionate -- as Dane, with conversations and reactions so real, they touch your heart. Their appealing love story is surrounded by several layers of wonderful mini-characters, like the housekeeper, and sweet, strong Cassie, so intriguing, she could be the next book!
Tropical Getaway's pace is blistering and riddled with twists from the belly of the boat to beautiful St. Bart's. But above all, it is a beautiful story of lovers meant to be together in spite of the storms at sea.
This is a remarkably well-written story with all the elements that keep you hooked.
I want to head for the Caribbean, I want to meet them, I want to find Dane! I want to read more of this new author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is romantic suspense at it's best! Feb. 11 2003
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Ava Santori has waited five years to hear from her brother Marco. And when word finally comes, it isn't good ...Marco is presumed dead, lost at sea during a hurricane in the Caribbean. Determined to find out what went wrong, and also encouraged by attorney Grayson Boyd, who stands to make a killing off this disaster at sea, Ava heads to the island of St. Barts.
Dane Erikson is the owner of the luxurious Utopia Adventures cruise line, and challenges Ava to help discover what went wrong with the doomed ship, rather than side with the scum ball attorney. Ava blames Dane for wanting to cash in on millions off this disaster, and also for sending the doomed "Paradisio" into the eye of the storm. Dane blames Ava for not being a good sister to Marco, and cannot understand why she never got in touch with him for 5 years. The continual misunderstandings between these two finally turns into a mutual concern to put the past behind them, and work together to solve the mystery of the doomed ship.
What happens along the way is awesome. Dane is one of the most engaging heroes ever, and when he and Ava finally get together, the sensual fireworks ignite. There are many twists and turns in the plot that will keep you guessing right up to the end. The author takes the time to bring this entire story to conclusion, and leaves nothing out. When most books would have ended, the publisher generously commits enough pages to bring everything to closure. This book has it all - Kudos to this wonderful new author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tropical Getaway is the perfect read! Jan. 28 2003
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Wow!! I really loved this book. The story is fast paced and keeps you riveted from page one. Dane is an AWESOME hero. Very sexy, and some of his lines made me shiver. I loved him. Ava is fun and fiesty. Her brother, Marco's story line is beautifully done. I definately recommend Tropical Getaway and can't wait to read Roxanne St. Claire's next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars shows promise Feb. 28 2003
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This is a fun read. It starts out great , shows real promise, but just misses. The charachters, especially Ava and Dane, are welldrawn and make you want to keep reading. There is some suspense but its weak and I would call this adventure rather than suspense. The descriptions of the islandsand the people make it worth reading.
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