We are so excited to team up with Cindi Madsen for her upcoming Hallmark release, Sailing at Sunset! This is the perfect summer read, and is part of Hallmark Publishing’s Beach Reads Collection. Download yours today!
Sailing at Sunset
by Cindi Madsen
July 21, 2020
She can handle anything in her job.
Even a week on a boat
with a handsome but annoying sailor.
Josh tells himself he’s the luckiest guy in the world. Living on his sailboat and taking tourists on occasional chartered trips, he’s not tied down to routines and responsibilities. He even named his sailboat Solitude, because that’s what he enjoys much of the time.
Danae works at a boat company, and she just got promoted—sort of. To keep her dream job, she must get her opinionated coworkers to all agree on a marketing plan. Her boss directs her to set up a week-long sailing tour with them as a work trip and a bonding experience.
At first, Danae isn’t completely on board with Josh’s laid-back approach to the excursion. But during visits to quaint New England towns and seafaring adventures, she and Josh start to see one another’s true colors…and Josh begins to question his solitary life.
This feel-good romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Crunchy Salmon Cakes.
Planner girls FTW!
Danae and Josh’s story was so much fun to read! The uptight, plan-everything-overachiever and the left-the-corporate-world-behind-for-“solitude”-on-his-boat couple clash over email before they ever meet in person, and the tension between them just keeps going once they do. Though of course it soon turns to another kind of tension altogether… 😉
Their romance was very sweet, made all the more so by how it also managed to bring so many of the other story characters together too–even though I kind of rolled my eyes at Danae’s boss’s idea of sending her team out to bond on a boat (okay, so their business is boats, but still…) as the most obvious kind of plot device, it really did work! Plus it really made me want to take a similar cruise…and maybe have a handsome boat captain cook for me so that I can magically like fish too.
(I mean, obviously my parents have been doing it wrong all these years. Plus the various restaurant cooks–yes, I’ve had fish at more than once restaurant even though I don’t like it. People picked places that *only* had fish, darn them, and I kept thinking, well, maybe *this* one won’t be so bad. Spoiler alert, it was–but clearly, I just need Josh in the kitchen…
But I digress!)
The grand gesture here is one that will stick with me for a while–I’m not sure I’ll be able to look at or think of Polaris without adding the ultimate gold star to its name.
Like Josh, I’ve always been susceptible to gold stars 🙂
Rating: 4 stars / B+
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a pretty new pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband, three children, an overly-dramatic tomcat, & an adorable one-eyed kitty named Agent Fury.
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