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Making Waves [Kindle Edition]

Tawna Fenske
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Book Description

"Hilarious! A WILD, SEXY ROMP WITH A FRESH, FUN TAKE ON LOVE."—Lani Diane Rich, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

She always wanted to belong...just not to a dysfunctional pirate crew

Juli has trouble fitting in, though she'd prefer to keep the reasons to herself. But when she mistakenly stows away on a ship of misfit corporate castoffs, her own secrets become the least of her concerns.

He knows plotting a diamond heist may be considered unusual behavior...

But Alex isn't feeling very normal when his unscrupulous boss kicks him to the curb. Meeting Juli doesn't do much to restore normalcy to Alex's life either, but it sure is exhilarating!

As Alex and Juli bare their secrets—and a whole lot more—they find that while normal is nice, weird can be wonderful.

Dive into Tawna Fenske's hilarious world of wacky, quirky, heartwarming romance.

Editorial Reviews


"A zany caper... Fenske's off-the-wall plotting is reminiscent of a tame Carl Hiaasen on Cupid juice." - Booklist

"Quirky, sexy and funny..." - A Good Addiction

"This book was the equivalent of eating whipped cream ... sure it was light and airy, but it is also surprisingly rich." - Smart Bitches Trashy Books

"A light, enjoyable read." - All About Romance

"A laugh a minute adventure that is perfect for a reading escape..." - SOS Aloha

"Entertaining and hilarious with quirky and very likable characters. A solid debut." - Under the Boardwalk

"Utterly sensational and entirely unique." - Romance Fiction on

"Hilariously funny... wacky and quirky." - Sugarbeat's Books

"Fresh and sassy..." -

"Pure romantic and comic entertainment." - Romance Novel News

"A funny, sexy, screwball romance that is reminiscent of early Jennifer Crusie." - The Romance Reader

"Hilarious and a little bit dirty..." - Devourer of Books

"Hilarious... The plot is completely over-the-top, which I adore..." - The Book Swarm

About the Author

Tawna Fenske traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek. An avid globetrotter with a fondness for the sea, Tawna is the author of the popular daily blog Don't Pet Me, I'm Writing and lives in Bend, Oregon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 761 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057H75YK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,312 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making Waves August 18, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This story hits the spot for laugh out loud, fun reading!
Juli is a an attractive, thirty something, woman who has apparently jumped around a lot in her career life. It's sort of okay she is in between jobs because she now has a mission to deliver her uncle's ashes to a watery grave in the Caribbean. Juli decides to play in a newlywed game the night before her charter cruise. It doesn't matter that she just met the man - the prize is $1000.00 and with a quick system they can at least try.

Alex is an executive VP who has just been laid off months before being vested in his pension. He and three other laid off employees have devised a plan to intercept an illegal diamond shipment from their former boss. They figure they're owed the money and they'll get some revenge. The night before they head out on their heist he meets this crazy woman who pulls him into a newlywed game. This behavior is a bit impulsive, but what the heck...why not?

The next morning a dopey Juli stumbles onto what she thinks is her charter boat but instead is the boat Alex and his mates have engaged for pirate purposes. They have their secret plans and don't want a stranger joining, even if Alex says she's "his wife." They don't believe Juli is innocent and in truth she has her own secrets which are revealed in surprising circumstances. The crew decide to let her ride along rather than have her blow the whistle on them before they can implement their act of piracy. Juli's unexpected talents come in handy and she starts to feel like she could maybe "fit in" for a change.

The other crew members have quirky personalities too. I especially like the former football player, Cody, who has found his niche as the crew's creative gourmet chef.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fluffy Fictional Fun, But Light on the Romance August 31, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I first learned about Making Waves, the debut novel by author Tawna Fenske, I had high hopes that she might be a new contemporary author that I would love. The cover quote on the front of Making Waves describes it as "Hilarious! A wild, sexy romp with a fresh, fun take on love." Hence my problem with cover quotes. I know that they are promotional, and therefore exaggerations and sometimes not exactly revealing or truthful and the story contained within the pages. And to be honest, the cover quote on the cover of Making Waves isn't misleading in any way, because the book is fun and at times laugh out loud funny....but because of the quote I think I had unrealistically high, misplaced and unfair expectations of this new to me author being like a beloved author, Jill Shalvis, who writes some of my absolute favorite contemporary romances...and it wasn't, much to my disappointment.

Juli Flynn is a genius, literally. And like most geniuses, she has a problem connecting with people and fitting in and settling into a life with purpose. She's as infamous for her IQ, as for her failures in both life and in love. She's quirky, smart and fun and supposedly absolutely gorgeous.

Alex Bradshaw is a forty something executive who has devoted his life to the pursuit of professional success to prove that he is worthy. After being dumped by his fiancée years ago for a Dentist who could offer her the kind of life, and the money that she wanted, he defines his self worth by his title and his bank account. So when he's given his pink slip with a drained bank account he is left with those old feelings of insecurity and the only way he knows to get back at his unscrupulous boss and fill his empty coffers is to become a pirate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, hilarious and HOT August 24, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Short Version:
Quirky, sexy and funny, Making Waves is definitely a book to escape in. Some of the best sexual tension around drives this book, but there is also plenty of plot and great characters to keep readers engaged. Juli is an easy character to like, her idiosyncrasies making her relatable and her seemingly dry sense of humor sparks some of the most hilarious moments of the book. Coupled with a sexy guy who has his own emotional depth, Making Waves definitely will be a hit with romance readers all over.

The Extended Version:
Juli has a very interesting view on the world, the reasons for which are revealed at the perfect moments throughout the book. Harboring secrets of her own, yet still very open about many things, Juli makes for a great heroine and someone readers will root for. Ignited in all the best ways by Alex, and completely able to taunt him and play his games, Juli is unique enough to be memorable while still having enough qualities that female readers can picture themselves in the book.

Alex is charming yet seemingly moody, but his own reasons are laid on the table pretty early. A temporary pirate, and tempted by Juli almost to his detriment, Alex is a fantastically well done character with plenty about him to swoon over. Perceptive and intelligent, Alex is far more than just a love interest, and his own role in the book has a great impact and his characterization has a smooth progression.

The remaining cast consists mostly of Alex's three friends on the mission with him, and the way each reacts not only to Juli's unexpected presence but her personality and everything else goes far to build their own personalities.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very enjoyable read
Published 3 days ago by mfh
5.0 out of 5 stars Making Waves
Loved this book. Nothing was exactly as it seemed. You thought you knew which direction things were going, then it would do a sharp turn. Usually hilarious. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars fun read
Loved Cody's character .
Enjoyed the Caribbean setting.
Malcolm and his crew were a great touch.
Can't wait to read more.
Published 3 months ago by upmike
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
So from the first chapter, I had no idea where this story was going. And that continued through the whole book, but I loved every minute of it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CLRH
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny!
I would recommend Tawna's books to anyone who wants a good laugh. She is hilarious and her stories are fun to read.
Published 7 months ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cute and funny, with some very quirky characters.
Published 8 months ago by Kelly K Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun in the Sun!
If you are looking for a romantic adventure to take you away for a few hours, this delightful romantic comedy definitely fits the bill! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Maria Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SUMMER READ!
Published 13 months ago by BETTE LENNON
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good.
Did not enjoy the book much. The characters are bizarre, and poorly written. The whole story just weird, I wonder if its her first book.
Published 16 months ago by Cruisegirl
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE FUNNIEST STORIES I'VE EVER READ!!!!!!!!!
Excellent! Hilarious Romance! Juli Flynn's Uncle Frank died & left instructions for her to take his ashes & dump them over the edge of a boat near St. John in the Virgin Islands. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Linda Langford
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More About the Author

Tawna Fenske writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. She traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek to PR manager for her city's tourism bureau. An avid globetrotter and social media fiend, Tawna is the author of the popular blog, Don't Pet Me, I'm Writing, and a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband in Bend, Oregon, where she'll invent any excuse to hike, bike, snowshoe, float the river, or sip wine on her back deck.

Tawna has published several romantic comedies with Sourcebooks, including Making Waves, which was nominated for contemporary romance of the year by RT Book Reviews. She also writes interactive fiction capers for Coliloquy and the steamy, heartwarming Front and Center series for Entangled Publishing. Tawna's quirky brand of comedy and romance has won praises from Kirkus Reviews, which noted, "Up-and-coming romance author Fenske sets up impeccable internal and external conflict and sizzling sexual tension for a poignant love story between two engaging characters, then infuses it with witty dialogue and lively humor. An appealing blend of lighthearted fun and emotional tenderness."


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