Special thanks to my husband Tony, for the cover art and for putting up with a messy house, dust bunnies, and hastily prepared meals while I concentrated on the writing process.


The characters and events in this story are fictional and are not based on real people or events. I have taken some liberties, also, with the cruise ship itinerary.





Regina Baker was going to strangle Sam Hyatt.

She swiped the back of her hand across her sweaty face, leaving a streak of dirt on her cheek. He'd promised to be home by the time she finished today, and here it was after six p.m. and no Sam. It looked like she wouldn't get paid today like he'd promised. And darn it, she needed that check.

Someone like Sam didn't understand the concept of living paycheck to paycheck. He'd never experienced an overdrawn checking account, the frustration of overdue bills. All he had to do was snap his fingers and money appeared like magic.

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