Ryan Hertz never dreamed he would smuggle someone into the United States. But when his coworker asks him for help, he can’t refuse. She wants him to accompany her on an all-expenses paid Caribbean cruise. There’s only one catch—at their first port, she plans to switch places with her sister, and she needs Ryan to make their deception work.

Juanita Gomez was born in Mexico, but her parents brought her to the United States as a baby. When a wave of deportations catches her in its net, she’s dumped in a country where she doesn’t speak the language or know a soul. Desperate to get home to her dying mother’s bedside, she agrees to her sister’s crazy scheme. But she never expected that the friend her sister recruited to help them would be so likable—or so attractive.

Ryan and Juanita have to convince everyone they’re a couple for the remaining five days of the cruise. Then they’ll return to port, make it through customs, and go their separate ways. At first it seems like a long time to pretend. But as they make a show of enjoying the ship’s luxuries together, they start to realize it might not be long enough. Can a lie built on water, wind, and sunshine grow into a truth strong enough to endure once they reach dry land?

Homecoming is the first book in a new contemporary romance series, Cruise Connections. It’s currently available as an ebook or paperback from Amazon. It can also be borrowed through Kindle Unlimited. Purchase or borrow it here.

Homecoming previously appeared in the Tropical Tryst boxed set, which is no longer available.

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