IN PURSUIT OF PARADISE by Kate Randle
Book Blurb: Ship Captain Nicholas Becket knows he needs to change his playboy ways. And when he discovers beautiful divorcee Lily Kingston at a job fair for his cruise line, he thinks he has found someone who can reform him.
Lily is looking for a change of her own, but she isn’t prepared for Nick and all of his baggage. Not to mention her own scars from the recent past. Although she is fiercely attracted to the handsome and dashing millionaire, an unexpected event threatens to tear them apart forever.
Can this pair of lost souls overcome the stormy waters of life’s ups and downs in order to find their true paradise?
She was staring at a large poster of the ship as she was walking when without warning, she crashed head on into something, no someone. During her stumble backwards, her purse and portfolio went flying, scattering her resume, notes, and other papers everywhere. A strong arm reached around her waist, steadying her.
“Oh, I’m so sorry…” Lily said as she looked up into the most beautiful piercing blue eyes she had ever seen. They were the color of a clear sparkling ocean. The arm around her waist was firm and muscular, radiating heat. She was so close to him, she could smell the spicy scent of his aftershave, and her stomach tightened with embarrassment or lust, she couldn’t tell which. She was a bit dizzy from the sudden rush of sensory input. Trying in vain to regain her composure, she tried to speak but couldn’t find her voice. Heat rose in her face, and her cheeks were no doubt bright red as they often were when she was embarrassed like she was at this moment.
“No, it’s my fault.” His voice was deep and very sexy. “I wasn’t looking where I was going. Here, let me help you pick up your papers.” He loosened his grip on her waist, and when she was standing upright again, he released her. As the tall stranger bent down and gathered her things, Lily stared, dumbfounded. This man was gorgeous and wearing some kind of naval uniform. He had short blond hair. What would it be like to run her hands through it? Could the strands be as silky soft as she imagined? She shook her head and tried to focus.
“You must be Lily,” he said, as he glanced at her resume.
“Yes,” she stammered, as she managed to speak, although not very well. But before she could stop herself, she babbled on. “I was just interviewed for a job on the cruise ship.” Then without thinking, she went on. “Are you here for an interview as well?”
“No,” the man said and flashed her a breathtaking smile. His beautiful white teeth and full sensuous lips made Lily weak in the knees.
“I’m the captain of the Moonlight Queen and am here hiring officers for the ship. Some of the recruiters couldn’t make it today. I had some experience in human resources before pursuing my degree in marine engineering, so I volunteered to help out by conducting interviews.”
“Oh. Of course,” she said. With his crisp white uniform and commanding presence, he looked like he belonged at the helm of a cruise ship. Although he looked too young to be a captain, didn’t he?