Dell, Apr 2001, 6.99, 344 pp.
At sea, photographer Carly Sullivan desperately seeks a photogenic hunk to fulfill her contract with the cruise line after her model fails her. Carly and her temporary assistant and closest friend Daphne Brandon ogle all men over the age of sixteen, but find no one until they see an individual who oozes elegance.
Carly offers money to Ford McKay, but he misinterprets what she wants and refuses to bed her for even $750 an hour. Navy SEAL Ford is undercover with orders from DC to protect a Carolina Sullivan. Apparently, death threats to the governor-general of the Caribbean island Santa Marina and his family and their friends have led to the need for round the clock protection. Daphne is the daughter of the governor-general, which means the killers are probably on board too. Ford accepts Carly's modeling job even as he feels she is just a spoiled rich woman. However, as the threats to Carly and Daphne turn real, Ford reassesses his opinion of her while they fall in love.
GOING OVERBOARD is an entertaining romantic suspense romp that never slows down. The story line is filled with action and amusing encounters between Ford and Carly, a warm couple that the audience will adore. The return of a secondary player from a previous novel adds to the enjoyment of the audience. Christina Skye has written another winner.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner