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When Jack O'Connor learns that the piece of eight he found diving is a clue to sunken pirate treasure, he hopes it will be the answer to all his financial worries. The problem is, there are two other clues to the treasure's whereabouts. Portia Pennington and Sandy Sequoia -- two young women with their own dark secrets - each holds one of the other clues necessary to locate ...more
Paperback, Createspace, 208 pages
Published February 13th 2011 by Createspace (first published February 13th 2010)
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Shana
Sep 03, 2011 Shana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
I did not receive this book as a Goodreads Giveaway, however, the author contacted me and asked if I would read this as an ebook, and do a review. I love a free book, no matter if it's an ebook or paper, so I said I would. I waited for a free Saturday where I could sit and focus on the book. Well, focus, shmokus! I started reading this, and after the first page, I was hooked, quite literally! I couldn't stop reading! I needed to shower and get dressed because we had company coming over. I couldn ...more
Ruth Hill
Let me begin by saying that this is a different kind of book than I would usually read, but I am always looking for something a little bit different to read now and then. And this one certainly fit the bill.

I have never been a pirate fan, but I was somewhat intrigued with the history that was central to the adventure. I found Jack a likable person--although I grew tired of his bedroom capers. Thankfully, none of his bedroom antics were told in detail.

Portia and Sandy were fascinating characters.
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Darlene
Aug 31, 2011 Darlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yvensong, Cheryl in CC NV, Chris W.
Recommended to Darlene by: Michael McLaughlin
Argh! Thar be pirates!

I had to add a new tag to my shelves: I want to read again. Yes, the story is that great! But there is a lot of nautical jargon. I had no idea what those terms meant. They didn't prevent me from enjoying the book. They made me want to know more. So the next time I read it, I plan to have pictures of boat parts and some kind of nautical dictionary to get a better feel. I felt I was onboard. Is there a sailing for dummies out there? I'll have to look for it.

Michael Reed McLau
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Shannon
Mar 25, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a refreshing read! I had this book far too long before committing to reading it, it's pretty short so I breezed through once I did start it. At first I was a little intimidated by the sailing terms but after a couple of chapters it was easy to catch on. The characters were well thought out and all had their own story to tie into the overall experience which I enjoyed; plus they had great personalities. Of course, a treasure hunting adventure is always exciting and when you add in a possible ...more
Cathy Doman
Sep 10, 2011 Cathy Doman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free as an ePub edition from the author. (Thanks, Michael!) I just finished reading it, and I have to say, I really enjoyed this book! The story starts out with some history, a tale about pirates and sunken treasure. Then it is modern day, and we are joining Jack, Portia and Sandy on their quest to find this treasure. As the title says, there is sex and love, each person searching their own heart to discover the difference between the two. Each person also must learn les ...more
Todd Koerner
Mar 04, 2011 Todd Koerner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be an exhilarating thrill-ride that kept me glued to the page. It has all the elements of an excellent summer beach read - tropical scenery, sexy women and buff sailors. There is a great treasure-hunting mystery that is complicated by a love triangle and a killer hurricane. This story moves very briskly and you will miss it when you find yourself on the last page. I wish all my books were this good!
Lady Belinda
Sep 04, 2011 Lady Belinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pirates
I purchased this book today and wasn't able to put it down at all (well, just once to eat dinner). I really enjoy a good treasure hunt type of book that includes outrunning a monstrous storm, in this case Hurricane Andrew, love, lies, betrayal and redemption. Definitely a great book. Enjoy your trip in the calm waters of the Caribbean before the storm.
Angi
Aug 05, 2013 Angi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from Goodreads. It was a fast, easy read--- although it was a bit too in-depth related to sailing terms for a landlubber such as myself. It was a good story, giving "sex & love, trust & betrayal" as promised in the title, and the characters were very interesting.
Michael McLaughlin
Feb 20, 2011 Michael McLaughlin rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
A fun little read of a movie novelization. Lots of sailing, romance, and intrigue.
Michael McLaughlin
Feb 20, 2011 Michael McLaughlin rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
A fun little read of a movie novelization. Lots of sailing, romance, and intrigue.
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Michael Reed McLaughlin is a recent graduate of the prestigious Odyssey Writing Workshop. He grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, went to Newport Harbor High and then Del Norte High School, before attending film school from 1993–96, where he shot several short films, including Student Emmy award-winning sci-fi short The Fourth Trimester, as well as a feature length version of that film. Believing ...more
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