Desperate to win back his ex, billionaire playboy Jeb Whitcomb spent a year in self-discipline and (mostly) celibacy. He’s a new man. But when she decides to marry someone else, Jeb immediately sets sail. He has only four days to stop the wedding and, worse still, he has a stowaway…the only woman who can make a newly good man behave very, very badly!
R.N. Haley French is furious. For one night, she lets go of her usual boring routine, and the next she knows she’s accidentally off to Florida with Mr. Sexy Superficiality, and desperately trying to forget the steamy encounter they almost shared.
And in the boat, there’s no escape from each other…or the unfurling lust that threatens to send their self-control overboard!
After a few misfires with my last few visits to Harlequin land, via the KISS train, I was looking for something to reignite the fire. And yes, it was this Blaze that did just that (pardon the terrible pun).
Smooth Sailing is a charming, fun read with just the right mix of adventure, drama and sexytimes. Being a Blaze, I would expect the sexytimes to be just that – sexy – and Ms Wilde delivers as always.
Haley, the heroine, finds herself a reluctant stowaway on the yacht of Jeb, the wealthy playboy philanthropist she very nearly slept with a few months earlier. Jeb’s trying his darnedest to get to Key West in just a few days to stop his ex-girlfriend, Jackie from marrying another man.
I love the relationship that builds between the two of them – the attraction they feel towards one another is strong but because of current and past issues, they are wary and somewhat reluctant to act on it.
You can sense fairly early on that Jeb knows that Haley is the one that he really wants, but bless his confused cotton socks, he keeps ploughing along the Jackie path like the Little Engine That Could (I think I should, I think I should).
When Jeb and Haley do eventually get to Key West, I could just about feel their heartbreak when he leaves Haley at the port to go after Jackie. I just wanted to shout “Don’t go, you fool!!”. When Jeb does come to his senses and comes after Haley, his grand gesture was pretty sweet, somewhat crazy and very romantic.
My rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 19 February 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Harlequin via NetGalley in return for an honest review.