Almost every book friend I know has their pet genres. For me, it’s paranormal romance, young adult, steampunk and a select few sweeping historicals. I buy most of my books based on Twitter recommendations, but I can tell from jacket copy whether or not I’ll finish the book. And yet, every now and then, a book completely surprises me.
“Making Waves” by Tawna Fenske is a light-hearted contemporary romance sunny enough to make you forget how cold and wet it’s gotten all of a sudden. And it’s not a book I would normally pick up–not a single vampire, fairy, clockwork monkey, snarky teenager, or kilt-clad highlander to be seen. And yet I adored it, mostly in part because of Tawna’s fantastic sense of humor. I could tell from the sample chapter that I was going to love it, because any girl who can insert a dead uncle pretending to be a stegosaurus into a romance book is going to deliver.
The story is fun, too. Juli has never been normal, but when she accidentally stows away on a ship of corporate failures turned pirates, she meets Alex, and their sparks are palpable. The ensuing journey takes them out to sea, into the bathrooms of restaurants and on the most embarrassing crime spree ever. From the colorful characters to the hot romance scenes to the perfectly placed one-liners, “Making Waves” enchanted me so much that I read it all in one day.