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Love on the Lido Deck
A Nautical Romantic Comedy
by Barbara Olliverio
When she gets a game-changing opportunity to organize a major event on a luxury Caribbean cruise, Keira turns to best pal chef Alexandria D'Agostino to help recruit famous chefs who will offer classes for foodies looking for fun in the sun as they gain cooking know-how. The cruise becomes a rollicking adventure for Keira, her sassy assistant Juliet, the entire D'Agostino clan, Keira's mother and other surprise guests. And has Keira meet her match in charismatic Cruise Director Brennan McAllister, who could have something more than keeping everything shipshape on his mind?
“Honestly. Canasta?” Alex smiled lovingly as she watched her two men go toward the door and heard Marco’s gleeful laughter as Cam dipped him from side to side as they weaved through the regular clients, who laughed along with him.
I looked after him wistfully as well. I wanted to tell them both that it wasn’t my fault I couldn’t find as great a guy as Cam. Maybe they only make one in a generation. It’s not like I was jealous of Alex. No one was closer to me than she was, and when she found her soul mate, I couldn’t have been happier. It’s just that I had not been able to find anyone to connect with. Shoot, even my mother had found someone now.
My thoughts screeched to a halt.
“What up, Keira? I know that look,” said Alex as she swiveled her barstool back toward me.
“Drat, drat, drat, Ali.” I pounded my head on the bar.
“Stop it, Keir,” she said. “We can’t afford to rebuild this bar just because you’re having a bad day.”
My head shot up.
“First of all, the bar is six-inch-thick oak, and my head could not possibly do damage because the physics of the situation—”
“There.” She grinned. “I knew I could count on your penchant for correct information to pull you back.”
My eyes slightly welled up.
“Hey, come on.” She put her arms around me. “It can’t be that bad that your mom found a nice man to get serious with. Your dad has been dead a long time, sweetie.”
I took a gulp of my tea.
“It’s not just that she has a serious boyfriend, Ali. It’s who he is.”
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