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Sep 20

Special Feature for Today: Vacationista by Tara Simone GIVEAWAY and Promo!!!

Vacationista by Tara Simone
 A broken heart. A ticket to paradise. A resort full of honeymooners …
the last thing newly single Patience De La Rosa needs if she’s to find a candidate for a casual rebound.
Her luggage catching a flight to Mauritius instead of Maui doesn’t help matters and a maxed out credit
card doesn’t buy a girl a fresh pair of panties. Then there’s the annoying weird guy, the one who’s married
to his laptop, sitting beside her at the pool.Odds for a fling improve when three single, sexy and willing candidates cross her path. Though
Patience’s luggage may be M.I.A., her breakup baggage crossed the Pacific with her. Will Patience cast it
aside, throw caution to the tropical winds and indulge in island debauchery? Or will a tea leaf reader’s
prediction about her romantic excursions come true in unexpected ways?

“Vacationista is a sparkling romantic-comedy gem with one of the wittiest
heroines I have read in ages! Full of zingy one-liners, clever quips and
some of the best dialogue ever!” -NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren BlakelyPageflex Persona [document: PRS0000448_00020]

 
 

Excerpt from Vacationista by Tara Simone

 
The hotel phone rings and shakes me from my rage. Please let it
be good news. Please let my luggage be here. I am so sick of wearing this peach
tank top, what I wouldn’t do for a basic cotton tee. I cannot believe this
shirt was ever my favorite. I answer the phone.
“Hello?”
“I need help,” a voice mumbles.
“Who is this?”
“The albino guy with the sunburn.”
“It’s six o’clock in the morning. How did you know I was awake?”
“I didn’t. I need help.”
Huey’s room is actually one of twelve cottages that sit on a
small cliff beyond the pool area looking out over the ocean. I use the term
cottage loosely. Each one looks to be twice the size of the cottage I shared
with Dan in Encanto. Floor to ceiling walls of privacy glass provide an
unobstructed view of the ocean. Under a faux thatched roof is a private lanai
with hammocks and patio furniture straight from the pages of a design magazine.
The door to his unit is unlocked just as he said it would be.
If the outside was impressive, the inside is jaw dropping amazing.
This is ridiculous.
The furniture is several notches above what was in Ted’s room.
Really fluffy, deep cushioned cream colored sofas and chairs that I just want
to jump onto and crawl up in.
“Huey?” I call out. “I’m here.”
His voice calls out from another area of the house. “I’m in the bathtub.”
Hmmm. Generally if a man calls me to the bathtub I know what to
expect. But this is Huey, and even though he is calling me to the bathtub, I
don’t expect him to have any ulterior motives. Because it’s Huey. He’s not
manipulative. I walk past the living room and through the sliding pocket doors
that lead to the bedroom. To my left, a door is half open. I approach it
carefully and stand just outside it without looking in.
“What can I do to help?”
“Come in.”
“If you’re in the tub, I’d rather not.”
“Have you never seen a man naked? Or are you just afraid you’ll
be so overwhelmed by my sex god physique that you will jump me.”
“The latter.”
“I thought so. That is why everything provocative is covered.
You will be safe in my presence.”
I take him at his word and poke my head around the door. The tub
is huge. HUGE. It’s one of those Jacuzzi tubs built for two. Huey is in it. His
man parts are indeed covered from view by lots of bubbles and a tray that
stretches across the width of the tub, on which sits his laptop. This is not
surprising to me. What is surprising to me is that he is submerged in water and
bubbles the color of dirt.
“Why is the water brown?”
“It’s tea.” He fishes around in the water and holds up three tea
bags. “There are a hundred tea bags in here.”
“Why?”
“Because Google said so.”
“For the burn?”
“Yes.”
“Where’d you get the tea bags?”
“Room service.”
“So you called me because what? You need cream and sugar?”
“If I wasn’t in so much pain I’d laugh at your witty observation. But not right now.”
“Fair enough. How can I help?”
“I can’t type. My arms hurt too much to type any longer. And I have to get this done. I need you to type for me.”
“I’m not getting in the tub.”
“I wasn’t asking you to. Though now that you mentioned it, that could be interesting, the tub is built for two.”
“Is it? I hadn’t noticed.”
“Best you not get in, you won’t be able to keep your hands off
me. You can sit there and type.” He points to an area of the bathroom out of my
view. I step further inside the bathroom. There are two white chaises, just as
fluffy as the sofa in the living room.
“There is a living room in your bathroom,” I say. “I can’t fit a
towel rack in my bathroom. And you have chaises in your bathroom.”
“Technically, it’s not my bathroom. And if you help me I will
buy you a towel rack that fits in your bathroom.”
“Okay, Huey, I’ll type for you under two conditions.”
“And they are?”
“One, I get to order breakfast.”
“For someone so thin, you do eat a lot. The room service menu is
on the desk in the bedroom.”
“And two, I’m out of here at ten to sit by the pool.”
“Do you realize you continue to put yourself in grave danger?”
“Of what?”
“M-E-L-A-N-O-M-A”
“Wow. You can spell big words. Impressive.”
“I mean it. Why do you worship the sun? Don’t you know it’s bad
for you?”
“I’m twenty-six. I am allowed a vice or two. You’re like
thirty-two going on sixty. Would you relax a little?”
“I did relax. With you. In the pool. And look what happened.”
“Okay, if you’re trying to make me feel guilty −,”
“I am.”
“It’s working. I’m going to go order breakfast, want anything?”
“Orange juice.”
“Really or are you being facetious?”
“Orange juice and the buckwheat pancakes with chocolate chips
and maple syrup, please.”
I don’t know why he makes me chuckle but he does. He’s so formal
and offbeat at the same time. I’m fairly certain he would have been the kid in
my high school who had been tormented by the cool crowd. If I had known him
then, I probably would have dismissed him, just as I did the first day at the
pool. But in his own odd way, he’s kind of cool and fun and funny.
“Hello,” I say into the room phone, “I’d like to place an order
please.”
“Yes, Mrs. Anders, what can we get you?”
Why does everyone here think I’m married? Oh, right, because everyone here except me is
part of a couple.
I hate this place.

 

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