(Valentine’s Inc. Cruises #3)
By Pandora Pine
Photographer Upton Sanders is a proverbial third wheel. Still single after his best friend met the love of his life on the Valentine’s Inc. dating app, Upton assumes he’ll be alone forever. Everything changes when his friends surprise him with a week-long singles cruise.
Travel agent Walsh Dunne has never left the state of North Carolina. With the ink on his hospitality degree still wet, he embarks on the S.S. Neptune to learn about the cruise industry and the ship’s exotic ports of call. It isn’t until a chance encounter with Upton that Walsh learns this is no ordinary cruise.
Excited to attend the Ship Happens dating events, Upton has zero luck meeting the man of his dreams. The one man he is forever running into, Walsh, keeps rescuing him from sticky situations. Finished with the vain men he’s met so far, Upton and Walsh team up to explore the islands.
Sparks fly between the men, making them think a relationship in the real world is possible. Back on shore, both men are excited about the future, until an emergency calls Walsh back home.
Can the star-crossed lovers find a way back to each other? Or will their love go down with the ship?
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.25 stars
🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 2.5 (quick to fall/insta-love, feelings over ‘heat’)
Valentine’s Inc. strikes again. A cute insta-love story.
I really liked Upton and Walsh. They played off each other well and brought out the best in each other. I’m glad Upton got his HEA and we got to know more of his back story. I was surprised with the deep and confronting DV prologue for Upton and thought maybe that depth would continue through the story but I forgot this was a fluffy Valentine’s Inc Story and all about finding love, all the fuzzy feelings and the perfect, happily ever after! And this was delivered perfectly by Pandora!!
Upton and Walsh have sort of a misguided false start but once they realize how well they get along, they build a friendship and enjoy their cruise adventure! I loved Walsh’s romantic gestures and how well he read Upton, they were just so sweet and showed he cared!!! I felt the back and forth between these two showed good depth for a sweet romance and I liked that they approached the realisticness of a long-distance relationship and how that would likely not work. I was floored by Walsh’s mom and enraged at her behavior!!! I felt this and few other things could be expanded on but I loved the ride from attraction to friendship to love. It was cute and sweet read!!
P.S. I loved Fortin so much. I felt for the poor single Dad and really hope to see him (and Cooper) again soon!!!
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