by Elizabeth Bevarly

April 2002
ISBN: 0-380-81960-0
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Ruby Runyon has just made a huge mistake. Yes, she’s dating a jerk, but that’s happened before – this jerk is special because he’s a ‘connected’ jerk – and he’s connected to some really bad people. What’s a nice girl to do? How about sneaking aboard a huge yacht where there’s a major party going on, and mingling with the guests, like nothing at all is out of the ordinary? Well, it works for Ruby – until she realizes that the yacht has set sail for Nassau, and she is, technically, a stowaway!

In her own inimitable style, Elizabeth Bevarly has created one of the most endearing heroines I’ve come across in a long time. Ruby is quite up front about her circumstances, she’s not really ‘trailer-trash’ but not far off! Her job as a waitress isn’t exactly on a par with the other people on the yacht – including its owner, Prince Reynaldo.

Keaton Hamilton Danning, III, the Prince’s one-time Prime Minister, and now his Aide-de-Camp, is rather puzzled by the blonde beauty he spies looking quite lost at the party. And it’s not long before he realizes she’s very much out of the ordinary. However, neither of them will admit to a major case of lust-at-first-sight and their love story totters downhill from there!! Of course, because this is Elizabeth Bevarly, it does so in a hugely funny way!! The dialogue between Keaton and Ruby is priceless – the quips are fast and furious, and the situations hilarious. In her usual style, Ms. Bevarly also throws another couple into the mix, this time it’s the Prince’s neglected fiancée, a rather uptight and controlled young Countess, and the super-adorable, testosterone-loaded babe-magnet bartender who wants to get into her royal panties in the worst way!!

So if you are ready for a lighthearted safari through some amazingly dysfunctional lives with the extra sensual thrill of a couple of wonderful love affairs thrown in, this is certainly the book for you. As an Elizabeth Bevarly fan, I can highly recommend it – and if you haven’t tried one of her books yet (and shame on you if you haven’t), then this would be a great place to start.

Reviewed in July 2002 by Celia.

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