Monday, March 19, 2012

Book Review: Making Waves by Tawna Fenske

Making Waves
Tawna Fenske
Contemporary Romance, Humor
Published 2011

Making Waves is a fun little caper involving Juli, the conventional woman trying to find herself, who's thrown on a boat with disenfranchised corporate worker bees turned pirates. Yup, pirates! Alex and three of his coworkers decide to take control of their future after a lay-off  which drained their pensions after years of service to a company who couldn't care less. They charter a boat and plan to exploit their employer, a shipping merchant, by stealing valuable material in a heist to make up for their lost wages. Juli ends up on their boat after mistakenly boarding what she thought was a day tour while heavily doped up on seasickness medicine. Juli is thrilled to play the part of castaway, she sees it all as an adventure, while the crew thinks she must be some sort of spy.
Juli and Alex meet prior to the pirate mission at the resort that both are (supposedly) vacationing. Juli was asked to spread the ashes of her late uncle in the ocean, but the story hints that Juli is hiding something. Alex is distracted from the heist because of sexual tension with Juli. The two spend a lot of time almost getting together, but there are definitely some steamy scenes - FYI!

The characters frequently crack jokes, and the playful tone detracts from some of the implausibility of the plot. Although maybe it's not a stretch in this economy to believe scorned employees would commit seaside crime in an act of revenge.

I've followed Tawna Fenske's blog (Don't Pet Me, I'm Writing) for awhile -- she's hilarious so I recommend checking it out. From the blog, I learned the e-book version of Making Waves had lowered in price for a limited time. It's still a good price at $6.99.


  1. This book sound hilarious. Love the premise. Hopefully, though, despite the economy, we don't see more pirates like these ones.

  2. I really like Tawna Fenske's style, and I've heard lots of good things about this one. Hopefully I'll get to it one day!


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