A Caribbean cruise is any woman's dream, but when you add hot cabana boys, a handsome captain and a security officer who makes a movie star look wimpy, you're sailing into fantasy territory. MacNeal definitely doles out white-hot sex scenarios, but this story is extra enjoyable because of one man's determination to claim the woman he loves.

Lola has dreamed of being married, but when her groom leaves her at the altar with a large casino tab as well as wiping out her personal and business accounts, she's stuck in a nightmare. Angry and desperate, she's willing to do anything to keep from spending what should have been her honeymoon cruise in the brig.

Getting to know the captain with his ever-present sex nymph, dancing seductively against a metal pole and being propositioned by a guy young enough to be her nephew isn't all it's cracked up to be. Lola would much rather spend her time in the arms of one exciting Spaniard but doing so could mean jail for her and unemployment for the hottest man she's ever seen or touched. (Aphrodisia, Dec., 288 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
Faith V. Smith