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A Bloody Good Cruise is a humorous story about how romance author Mona Rossi and her on and off again main squeeze, Fausto Silvius, a full blooded vampire, narrowly escape a lunatic fringe group of vampire hunters they call the Vampire Ball Busters. It's set on The Romanza, a cruise ship on a Mediterranean voyage. Its premise is: facing your fears leads to acceptance and may lead to truth, inner peace, and the ultimate everlasting love. What sets it apart is that it's the only chick lit novel set on a cruise ship that I'm aware exists so far.
Readers of chick lit, as well as people who enjoy cruising, vampires, romance, steamy love scenes, and want to forget their troubles for a while.
The heroine, romantic suspense author Mona, is a human, and the hero Fausto is a vampire, and although they care deeply about each other, their different backgrounds create a lot of problems. He can never be one of her kind and she=s deathly afraid to become one of his. But her best friend Tessie is madly in love with Fausto=s vamp cousin Quintus, and makes her life-altering decision to let him turn her. But as they as they all sail the Mediterranean on a writer=s cruise that Mona=s organized, Fausto=s job as the ship=s doctor is hard to perform when he realizes hunters (or the Vampire Ball Busters, as vamps call them) are after him and his fellow vamps. They abduct Tessie, who saves her neck at the last minute by turning Roy, one of the hunters. Now Roy must live as one of the despised creatures he=s devoted his life to hunting. But his problems pale in comparison to Mona=s as Fausto=s ex-wife shows up after four hundred years, hot to snatch him back. She=s not just another bitter ex hoping to rekindle the flamesBshe=s Lucrezia Borgia, history=s most notorious gold digger and husband-killer. When Mona and Fausto team up with the hunters to capture Lucrezia and get her to confess to her crimes, Mona thinks all is lost because Lucrezia refuses to talk. But Mona gets her creative writer=s juices flowing, and right out of one of her suspense novels, tricks Lucrezia into a confession. The tabloid show The Cutting Edge, on shipboard to tape the writers= cruise, beams the story all over the world. Mona and Fausto become instant celebrities, but hunters are still after Fausto. One of them shoots Mona while aiming for him, and she realizes she must let Fausto turn her or she=ll dieBso she makes her decision, which she never regrets. Instead of looking for the next big market trend, she helps Fausto and Quintus write their memoirs, so the world can see what vampires really are about.
Mona forced a dose of cheer through her jangly nerves. Vampire hunters wouldn't have the balls to attack Fausto and his friends on this ship. Security was tight. "Well, you're here, so does that mean you've been going out, and aren't confined to your house any more?"
Fausto shrugged. "Almost. I couldn't wallow in self-pity forever. And I knew seeing you would make it worthwhile."
She smiled and gave him a genuine Italian cheek pinch. "I'll cheer you up, faccia bella, you can count on that. You must feel safe." She gestured at the tacky duds. "I mean, relatively speaking."
"Don't let this scare you." He glanced around over the rims of his shades. Uh-oh. Whenever he said, "don't let this scare you," it scared her. "I got an ominous message at the doctor's office earlier."
"What-" She swallowed a lump. "What kind of ominous message?"
Coffee Time Romance Review
Mona Rossi books a New Years romance writers cruise with the Apollo Cruise Lines. It has been three months since she has seen her on-again-off-again main squeeze, Fausto. After her messy divorce, he was there to console her. The cruise was for him.
Fausto Silvius is a four-hundred-year-old vampire and one of the shipboard doctors, but a personal tragedy kept him from working for six months. For the past few months, he has had to lay low, then gets devastating news about his ex-wife.
Mona is aware her latest romance suspense series has lost its pizzazz. She believes the cruise will help Fausto while reinventing her writing again. Bringing along her book publisher, and best friend, Tessie, she will be able to confess that Fausto and his friends are vampires. Fausto is trying to avoid the vampire hunters while spending time with Mona. No one expected his long-lost, ex-wife, Lucrezia Borgia, to appear saying their divorce was never valid. He wants a divorce immediately, or he will spill secrets. When Fausto receives an ominous message, Mona is certain the vampire hunters are nearby. It appears the cruise hits a snag when a serial killer boards. Could anything else go awry?
From a hot tub of fun to a displeased ex-wife and a serial killer bent on revenge, A Bloody Good Cruise is a high seas adventure with twists and turns around every corner. The lively cast spins non-stop excitement with thrills and enough snags to keep the pages turning. Mona and Fausto are immersed in many complications, yet will do whatever it takes to make a go of their relationship. Diana Rubino crafts a good read with interesting players that never have a dull moment. Tessie is a wonderful secondary character that adds her own personality to this enchanting tale. --Cherokee, Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
Vampires and Humor
`Mona knew Quintus was planning on popping the question to Tessie on this cruise. She was thrilled for her friend, but felt a tinge of envy. She could be entering eternal bliss with Fausto if she wasn't so skittish about...certain things. Tessie had her cigarillo case half fished out of her purse, but a blast of wind changed her mind. "We're very lucky, Mona. Eligible bachelors aren't easy to come by in our age group. I mean, I never dreamed I'd get to snag a gorgeous Italian wine connoisseur who models men's' undies on the side. Both of them are real renaissance men." "Oh yeah, you can call them that, all right." What Mona needed to divulge to her friend in the next few hours, especially before the question pop, was that Fausto and Quintus weren't human. And neither were any of their gorgeous Italian wine connoisseur pals. They all shared a common gene.'
In A Bloody Good Cruise, Author Diana Rubino takes us on a cruise ship filled with writers. Mona, their hostess and planner uses the cruise as a way to bring writers together as well as promote her own books. Ok, she does have another motive and that is to be close to the love of her life, Fausto Silvius, who is the cruise ship's doctor and yes he is a vampire. But there is danger in paradise. That danger comes in the form of those who are known as the "Vampire Ball Busters." They believe all vampires are bad and are devoted to eradicating them. But what happens when one of the Ball Busters ends up being "turned?" I'll not tell. You'll have to read the book to find out.
Diana Rubino has done it again. She has taken a topic that most view as horror, turned it into humor and written another book. Oh yeah, she has thrown in some really heated sex along the way. I have to admit, I did enjoyed reading A Bloody Good Cruise, humor, sex and all. -Martha Cheves
A Bloody Fun Trip
What if your romance books were tanking, your divorce was still fresh, and your life was not going in the direction you wanted it to? And then, as if by fated miraculous destiny, the kind that only gets scripted on reality TV, you meet a gorgeous, sexy, shipboard doctor for an Italian cruise line? What would YOU do?
How about launching a cruise for romance writers? And spending your time on board sucking face with the man of your dreams?
Only, what if hot doc was older than you? A LOT older than you. More than four hundred years older. And he wanted to do more than suck face. What if he wanted to…turn you?
This is just one of the obstacles Mona Rossi faces when she takes off on a bloody good cruise around the Mediterranean. The Romanza is an incredible ship, a luxury water palace, but it's chock full of sex-obsessed romance writers and studly cover models who need to be entertained. Mona's publisher is also on board, and about to marry a man she does not know is heavily fanged. Oh, and the ship's manifest includes deadly vampire hunters.
So there's that.
Yes, as it turns out, Mona's got problems. Her life is in danger. Her heart is in danger. And her career needs a jumpstart—if she can survive long enough to make that happen.
What a fun trip Diana Rubino takes us on! Her understanding of world history and geography shine through as we cruise with Mona, her vamp love Fausto Silvius, and a full roster of other zany characters. Along the way, Rubino pokes fun at authors (Who knew our patron saint was Saint Paul?), reality television, pink ink, journalists and other lunatic extremists.
I ventured outside my usual genres with A Bloody Good Cruise. What a nice surprise. I laughed all the way through, starting with this line from Fausto: "All the blood's drained from your face. And not in a good way." - Virginia, June 2014
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