Romance on a cruise ship... Love Overboard by Shannon Sue Dunlap (Review & #Giveaway) #newbooks #bookx #romancebooks #christfic #romcom @celebrate_lit

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Love Overboard: A Novel
By Shannon Sue Dunlap
Christian Romantic Suspense, Romantic Comedy
Paperback & eBook, 304 Pages
May 21, 2024 by Kregel Publications


When four quirky friends retire on a never-ending round of cruises, their attire consists of more than floral shirts and gaudy skirts. Armed with walkie-talkies and battle plans, these relationship experts—who’ve dubbed themselves the “Shippers”—target hostess Lacey Anderson and director Jonathan King in their romantic schemes. However, the young couple is determined not to play along, having previously sailed the tumultuous seas of love only to witness their relationship crash and burn.

Boss matchmaker Emily Windsor has orchestrated multiple romantic successes, and these two upstarts certainly won’t get the best of her. The chemistry between Lacey and Jonathan is obvious, but the couple rebuffs every outlandish plot and “coincidental” meeting, forcing the Shippers to chart a new course to true love—all while inadvertently thwarting drug smugglers threatening to ruin their floating home.

Can they untangle the mess of romance and intrigue before it’s too late, or will their journey end in heartbreak and disaster? Shannon Sue Dunlap’s enthralling new series unfolds a tale where love, laughter, and danger converge in an entertaining maritime adventure.

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My Review

LOVE OVERBOARD is a cozy romantic suspense all set on a cruise where four mischievous old ladies try to match the two main characters, who are both cruise staff, together. It has somewhat of a small-town feel as all the characters are on the cruise together, quirky characters with plenty of laughs in the old ladies, and a second-chance romance. Readers of the genre and light romantic mysteries may enjoy this one.

I really liked the premise for this story, the characters, and the romance. The cover is also adorable. The four old ladies are what I would call a hoot. They all have their own distinct personalities and contributions to trying to match up to the two love interests. Jon is a well-rounded, good looking, charming, dependable type who goes along good naturedly about the whole thing. Lacey has a soft spot for the ladies and gets roped into their traps regularly. She is pretty frustrating for most of the book, but of course redeems herself in the end. The suspense aspect was interesting although I felt it wasn't worked well into the story and didn't work for me. It also didn't surprise me. The ending was sweet.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a light, sweet read with some likable characters and faith elements. I felt like it needed more development and not everything worked for me, but otherwise it was an enjoyable read.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Shannon Sue Dunlap lives in hot and humid Houston, Texas where she writes love stories with a laugh-out-loud center. She enjoys traveling around the world, singing tunes from classic musicals, and drinking Dr. Pepper. Shannon is a die-hard fan of happy endings and believes God has designed one for each of us.

Tour Schedule

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Tour-Wide Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Shannon Sue is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

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