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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2007
Desiree Day introduces Madison, LaShawn, Blair and Lauren in her latest book, Cruising. They are all beautiful women that seamlessly balance love, work and family...or so it seems.

Things begin to unravel at one of their weekly "Screw Men Night" gatherings. Lauren is running herself ragged trying to be superwoman at work and at home. Madison 's libido leads her through a string of sexual romps with no sign of a meaningful relationship in sight. A family secret comes to light that turns her world upside down. Bible-toting LaShawn is the chaste, blushing bride-to-be. Unfortunately her fiancé prefers to make other women blush as LaShawn soon discovers. Blair lives a full life as a loving housewife and mother. She is forced to take off her rose-colored glasses and acknowledge that her husband is having an affair.

Finally admitting the mess their lives have become, the four friends decide that a two-week cruise is the only way to handle their troubles. All are determined to "get their groove back" on the open sea. Madison, LaShawn and Blair concoct a competition that has the boat buzzing. Unfortunately, the competition takes a turn for the worst and threatens their new-found happiness.

Day's Cruising will have you laughing out loud as you follow Madison, LaShawn, Blair and Lauren. The cruise allows each woman to rediscover herself and rebuild her confidence. Madison 's character is outrageous to the point of disbelief but Lauren's voice of reason offsets her antics. Blair and LaShawn's characters fall somewhere in-between both extremes.

Cruising is a great vacation or lazy-day read for anyone looking for humor, romance and adventure.

Reviewed by M. P. McKinney

APOOO BookClub
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Madison, Blair, LaShawn, and Lauren are four Atlanta girlfriends that met at a yoga class. They start having dinner and drinks on a weekly basis and become as close as sisters. But each of them have a secret. Madison's no-strings attached sex life comes to a halt when her dad shows up with a bombshell that will turn her world upside down. Suburban housewife Blair suspects that her husband is cheating on her. Lauren is burning herself out pleasing everyone except her husband. LaShawn is an engaged kindergarten teacher who's planning her dream wedding and fantasizing about a student's father. The women decide a vacation is in order and go on a two-week Caribbean cruise. With a ship full of sexy eligible men, they decide to have some naughty fun out on the high seas. But will that fun come with a price?

Cruising is a refreshing and breezy read by Desiree Day. Day does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the story. This author's writing is so descriptive that I felt like I was actually on the Caribbean cruise. I liked that each of the four friends came from different lifestyles and backgrounds. This story is not just about a cruise but how people deal with whatever life throws at them, no matter how devastating it is. A novel about a seductive Caribbean cruise wouldn't be complete without a fair share of juicy sex scenes and there is plenty of it for all to enjoy. Cruising is light, tantalizing, and delightful.
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on February 9, 2007
CRUISING by Desiree Day is the tale of four women that bonded in a yoga class. Eventually, their time in class turns into a weekly meeting for dinner and drinks. All the women have a secret that leads to a 14-day Caribbean cruise that will give them the opportunity to escape their hectic and tumultuous lives.

Blair is a Caucasian woman whose marriage is on shaky ground due to her husband's infidelity. Lauren is a successful career woman whom while pleasing everyone else has managed to neglect her family, including her patient husband. Madison is a striking beauty that learns a decades old family secret that shakes her foundation. Stacy is a Christian woman who is engaged, but fighting an attraction to one of her student's father.

CRUISING was an entertaining read. Each of the women's situations reminded me of something my friends have gone through. How the women deal with personal issues is described accurately and completely by the author and allows the reader to understand why each of the women makes the choices they made. Desiree Day effectively uses language to paint a picture of the beauty of the Caribbean. The true story in CRUISING was the meaning of true friendship.

Reviewed by Katrina G

of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
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on October 1, 2007
Ms. Day novel "Cruising'" is a fast pace, well written, and laugh out loud story of four women who are pretending that life is all good. However, when the stress of dealing with pressures on the job, family drama, and crazy boyfriends become too much they decide to take a cruise. The scenes are steamy. Makes you want to gather your closest girlfriends/boyfriends and take a cruise. This was a very good read.
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on August 6, 2009
If you're into this author, then you will like this book. If you read "One G-String Short Of Crazy" or "Crazy Love" before reading this book then you are setting yourself for a disappontment with her but I still enjoy reading her work.
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on August 10, 2009
this book didnt seem as if it would be my kind of book but surprisingly this author has come with a vengence and been on her A game cuz this book was off the hook and was very enjoyable.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
#1 HALL OF FAMEon September 3, 2006
In Atlanta, Blair Ricci, Madison DuPree, LaShawn Greene and Lauren Hopson are close friends who every Thursday celebrate "Screw Men Night". This time they decide to get away together on a Caribbean cruise. Each needs the time desperately to think how to fix their out of control life.

Suburbanite Blair is shocked to learn that her perfect spouse makes mistakes that can prove quite costly to their relationship. Single swinger Madison finds sex is no longer a turn on as her parade of one night stands seem lacking lately. Religious fanatic LaShawn's insistence on celibacy is driving her fiancé away. Finally Lauren is a super-spouse, super-mom, super-business mogul and definitely super-tired. CRUISING together these buddies seek some harmony in their respective lives after the ship docks.

The four disheartened females are likable protagonists with different needs, desires and troubles that distinguish them from one another. The audience will understand and appreciate that the consistency of the personalities the foursome display throughout as each seeks solutions to their woes seem apropos to that person's basic behavior. Though much of the subplots are conventional, readers will enjoy how each responds to the issue of how to regain some harmony and balance in their respective lives.

Harriet Klausner
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