Well thank goodness for Book Club Friday or my blog wouldn't have any content! Haha, but not really. I need to get back into the swing of things, but aren't super sure when that's going to be. Haha, but not really (again).
Yay! Book Club Friday!
This week, I'm reviewing Tawna Fenske's DEBUT novel, Making Waves.
Oh Em Gee, guys....this book was FREAKING HILARIOUS!
Like the kind of hilarity that would result if Tina Fey's off-the-wall descriptions of life joined forces with Chelsea Handler's awkward sexuality and the two wrote a book about white-collar-employees turning into a band of pirates.
Sounds too good to be true? Well it isn't.
The female MC is named Juli and she's a thirty-seven year old woman who's had more careers than my entire graduating class - combined. Her family thinks she needs to settle down with one thing, but they don't seem to be too hard on her. When Juli's uncle Frank dies, he requests that Juli spread his ashes in a specific spot in the caribbean ocean. Being that Juli is terrified of water, it doesn't really sound like a great idea, but she decides to cart the ugliest urn ever (seriously, it sported copulating dolphin decorations) down south.
Oh, and Juli has a secret. And, frankly, it's a pretty great one. I swear that you'll never guess. Well, I didn't anyway (so don't go all "I did," on me, okay?).
Meanwhile, in another part of America, a band of four corporate employees find themselves without jobs and pension plans - all because their douche-bag boss let them go two months before retirement.
So what do they do?
Hack into the company's computer systems, see that their boss has an illegal shipment of diamonds being shipped through the Caribbean and decide to rob it...obviously.
The makeshift pirates include Alex - the ringleader, Cody (aka Cookie) - a former NFL player turned gourmet chef with a slight obession with his red spatula, Phyllis - a former steeplechase Olympian who's a little rough around the edges and Jake - a cranky albeit entertaining guy.
I'm sure you're starting to see why this book was so funny.
So, Juli takes her trip down south and finds out that she's allergic to anti-seasick medication. How? Well, she kind of ends up hallucinating and falls asleep in what she thinks is her tour boat but SURPRISE, it isn't. Instead, she breaks into the pirate ship but nobody finds her until they're hours and hours from shore.
And that's when the story really gets going. The best part is that the talented Ms. Fenske was able to get through all of the relevant backstory in the first two chapters and then the plot took off faster than a high-powered speed boat, which is coincidentally the white-collar-pirate's boat of choice for diamond heists. All I want to do is give you a play-by-play of what happens because there are SO many twists and turns that the pace of the book was more like a 100m sprint than a marathon. I won't do that, though.
Plus, not only is the plotline awesome, but this is also a ROMANCE novel, so there's a whole lotta sex between Juli and Alex. The build-ups are tantalizing. Oh so tantalizing. In fact, by the middle, they move from tantalizing to down right titillating. Oh yes. All puns intended (and justified).
If I had to rank Making Waves, I'd give it a dozen peanut-butter-filled chocolate cupcakes because just when I thought it couldn't get any more delicious, it did. So, RUN to your nearest bookstore (or Kindle-thingy, if you're into that) and BUY THIS BOOK!
Then, find yourself a hidden corner in your house and sink your teeth into the funniest romance novel that I've ever read.
Trust me, you'll be giggling from the second page straight through to the end, with bits of choking laughter in between (so maybe tell someone where you're hiding...just in case).