This delightfully witty debut will have readers laughing out loud at the antics of this dysfunctional pirate crew. Cookie, the All-Pro tight-end chef, is a riot, the secondary romance is a terrific bonus and the chemistry between Alex and Juli is palpable.

Juli is on a mission to spread her uncle’s ashes near the island of St. John. When she falls asleep on the wrong boat, her adventures are just beginning. She’s caught up in a scheme with a group of men who’ve just been laid off from a shipping firm and have decided to turn to piracy and plan a daring robbery — and their plans don’t include a stowaway. Alex is captain of the bunch, and just happened to meet Juli in a bar the night before. Juli is suspicious of them but wants desperately to be included. Alex and Juli can’t stop their mutual attraction, but she has a secret. (SOURCEBOOKS, Aug., 352 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Brown