I want to make a cake shaped like the cover of Making Waves, but with inappropriate toys instead of candles. Or just with inappropriate candles, so you can… you know… blow them.
I can’t help but think in sexually loaded double entendres when I think about Tawna’s book. I warn you — this is a hazard when you read Making Waves. Another hazard? You won’t want to put it down, and you won’t stop laughing… except when you’re getting all hot and bothered by Alex, who is sexy enough to make you wonder what you ever saw in either Joe Morelli or Ranger.
Let me back up though, because I have a confession to make. I have always been a snob when it comes to Romance Novels. I thought they were all glorified Fabio “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” commercials. (The Stephanie Plum novels don’t count — I didn’t know Evanovich was a Romance writer when I read them.) But if Tawna Fenske is the New Face of Romance (and I’m just going to go ahead and say she is), then I owe the whole genre a huge apology.
Making Waves is a fantastic read. It’s smart, the plot is well-crafted, and it’s laugh-out-loud hysterical. Yet what I loved most about it was Tawna’s cast of characters. Her MC Juli is terrific, but when Juli ends up on a boat with the most unlikely crew in the universe, Tawna really shows off her writing chops. Alex, the love interest, is sexy as hell, but it’s not because of chiseled abs or smoldering gazes, it’s because he’s three-dimensional and flawed and funny and trying to do the right thing despite a zillion obstacles in his way.
And he has chiseled abs and smoldering gazes.
As for the rest of the crew, I could go off on the million things I love about them, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers. Suffice it to say that Jake, Cody (Cookie), and Phyllis are among the most brilliantly quirky characters I’ve ever encountered. They’re completely over the top, but they work because Tawna makes them real. And don’t even get me started on Malcolm the Shockingly Erudite Pirate.
If you love Romance, you’ll love Making Waves. If you think you don’t love Romance, you’ll love Making Waves. The book is pure fun, beginning to end, so pick up a copy and enjoy, then join me in waiting anxiously for Tawna’s next release — I have no doubt it’ll be just as fantastic.