Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: July 18th 2017
Genres: Adult, Adventure, Romance
Perfect for fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Janet Evanovich, this action-packed debut from a fresh voice in contemporary romance offers a sexy and comedic take on love, adventure, and what it means to trust your heart.
English socialite Sophie Davies-Stone has been longing to meet her father since she was a little girl. When he sends her a mysterious medallion and asks her to forward it to him in Miami, she can’t help herself from doing something totally un-Sophie-like. Rather than mailing it as instructed, Sophie hops on a flight to Florida.
But the family reunion never happens. Instead, Sophie is attacked and almost kidnapped by her father’s enemies. Her savior is Jimmy Panama, a cocky and annoyingly handsome former Navy SEAL. Sophie isn’t the only one who’s annoyed. After years of trying to find a way to pay back his CO, Jimmy never thought his debt would get him mixed up with his commander’s uptight, British daughter. He just wants to put her on the next flight home and get back to his low-stress life in Key West, but fate has other plans.
As Sophie and Jimmy embark on a heart-pounding adventure through Key West and the Caribbean, Sophie finds herself falling for the snarky American. Still, her head says Jimmy is all wrong for her, and the more she finds out about him – and her father – the more uncertain she is about who she can trust.
One thing is clear. Sophie is in way over her head, and her greatest adventure might be her last.
The Key West Escape Series
1. Rum Runner – Releases July 18, 2017!
2. Bahama Mama – Coming January 2018!
I am so incredibly excited to be a part of the Rum Runner blog tour and share my review of this outstanding, debut novel by Tricia Leedom. Rum Runner takes the reader on a romantic, action-packed journey from England, to Florida, to Jamaica, and more! Sophie is a wealthy socialite in London who has received letters from her father over the years, but hasn’t met him. When he sends her a medallion and asks that she ship it to a hotel in Miami, she decides to deliver it in person instead, hoping to meet her long-lost father Mitch Thompson. However, upon arriving in Miami she learns that Mitch is not there, but instead she finds Jimmy Panama. A smooth-talking, handsome friend of her Dad’s who is there to pick up the package as a favor. Thus begins a crazy, fast-paced adventure as they try to find her father and try to stay alive.
Let me start with Jimmy Panama, the swoon-worthy boat captain, ex-Navy SEAL, possible criminal, etc. Besides his crazy sex appeal, he flirts constantly and is hilarious with the one-liners. I absolutely fell in love with him, in case you haven’t already figured that out!
Sophie’s character was also fabulous but in different ways. Initially, she appears as the snooty rich girl that wouldn’t even jaywalk, much less go on the run from drug lords. However, the author masterfully reveals more and more of Sophie as the novel progresses, almost where it seems Sophie is learning about herself at the same time as the reader. She faced and conquered so many fears and obstacles throughout this novel that it leaves you with the overall feeling of, “wow!”
There are several other key players in this story, just enriching the already entertaining and suspenseful plot. Obviously I won’t include spoilers, but be prepared to be shocked, surprised, puzzled, and every other fantastic emotion that accompanies this genre of novel. The chemistry between Sophie and Jimmy is undeniable and I loved it, but it’s the repeated dangerous situations that kept me on the edge of my seat that made me fall in love with this novel. I thought this one sounded good when I signed up to participate in the tour, how much fun I was in store for!
Tricia Leedom’s debut novel reads like that of a well-seasoned novel. Her characterization and vivid imagery will propel you to the Keys and beyond as you get lost in this action and adventure novel. You know what the best part is? There is a part 2 scheduled for release in 2018!! I hate having to wait that long, but if the follow-up is anything like the debut, it will be worth the wait! This is the next must-read on your list!
*Many thanks to Xpresso Book tours and Tricia Leedom for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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TRICIA LEEDOM enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and having torrid love affairs with hot, dangerous men… even if it’s only in her own mind. When she’s not writing romantic adventure novels, she reads voraciously, tweets compulsively, and fangirls over a TV show based on her favorite book series. Tricia earned her BA in Creative Writing from The University of Tampa and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her favorite authors include Diana Gabaldon, J.R. Ward, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Karen Robards, and Johanna Lindsey. She lives in Southwest Florida with two very spoiled dogs. Follow Tricia on Twitter and Instagram @tricialeedom