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Making Waves

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  870 ratings  ·  167 reviews
She always wanted to belong... just not to a disfunctional pirate crew.

Juli has trouble fitting in, though she'd prefer to keep the reasons to herself. But when she mistakenly stows away on a ship of misfit corporate castoffs, her own secrets become the least of her concerns.

He knows plotting a diamond heist may be considered unusual behavior...

But Alex isn't feeling very
Paperback, 330 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published August 1st 2011)
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Jane Stewart
4 ½ stars. The first half is lots of laughing for me (which is rare). The second half is a light pleasant read.

During the first 150 pages I was laughing/chuckling a lot. At one time I almost wondered if I was drinking and didn’t know it because I was laughing so much and feeling giddy. Too many contemporary romance books that claim to be funny don’t make me laugh. This book did! It’s silly funny little things as this group of people are interacting and deciding what to do.

Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a fun and romantic read
Recommended to HєllyBєlly by: Smart Bitches guest reviewer
This was very different. A 37-year-old job-hopping heroine looking to bring her wacky uncle's ashes to their last resting place in the ocean outside a Caribbean island. A 42-year-old former VP looking for revenge on his old employer as well as getting his nest-egg back.

The setting is wonderful, it really made me want to go on a Caribbean vacation. The sidekicks are also unusual and interesting. It is a bit of slapstick to this comical romance, but it is done with such a deft hand that I really d
Sandy M
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It’s so nice to discover another author - and a debut author at that! - who writes humor that truly makes you laugh. It’s not easy to do. There are very few writers out there who have had success at it. Remember Tawna Fenske’s name. She’s going to become a favorite of a lot of you readers out there. If she doesn’t, you need to readjust your funny bone.

Juli Flynn’s latest responsibility is to scatter her Uncle Frank’s ashes in the Virgin Islands, a task she’s really not eager to perform. She has
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Funny, witty, truly entertaining, even the idiotic dialogs of some of the secondary characters made me smile.
HERO is now the leader of small group of recently fired coworkers who are planning to steal an illegal cargo from his former boss. When a accidentally stowaway is found in their ship in their way to their objective, he can’t help but be attracted to this unusual woman although he doesn’t trust her one bit.
GENRE/TONE: contemporary/light
LENGTH: 234 pages
Maria Rose
Tawna Fenske will delight readers with this rollicking romantic comedy. This is the story of Juli, genius extraordinaire who has come to the tropics to carry out the last wishes of her dear Uncle Frank. She meets Alex, a recently unemployed businessman who is determined to recoup his stolen pension with a harebrained pirating scheme. Unwittingly joining him and his quirky crew in their quest, Juli finds in Alex a perfect foil for her crazy antics, if she can convince Alex to trust her with his b ...more
Maggie Boyd
The good thing about spending all day at the water park is that it forces me to read from my paper TBR.

The bad thing is running into books like these.

Alex has been cheated out of his pension. He and his friends devise a way to get what was taken from them by a little piracy on the high seas.

Juli has to spread her uncle's ashes at sea. Only she winds up on a ship other than the one she chartered.

Full of silly characters, unbelievable situations and loads of "fun" coincidences the humor in thi
Trisha Leigh
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Tawna's debut is as quirky, funny, and warm-hearted as she is. Also, Alex is so totally hot that I do NOT condone reading this novel (at least the last third of it) in public. Making Waves is a fun, insane tale that I wanted to be a part of as much as Juli did, and if you're looking for something to make you laugh (while fanning yourself) make sure to pick this one up. ...more
Jennie Shaw
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oh Em Gee, guys....this book was FREAKING HILARIOUS!

Like the kind of hilarity that would result if Tina Fey's off-the-wall descriptions of life joined forces with Chelsea Handler's awkward sexuality and the two wrote a book about white-collar-employees turning into a band of pirates.

Sounds too good to be true? Well it isn't.

The female MC is named Juli and she's a thirty-seven year old woman who's had more careers than my entire graduating class - combined. Her family thinks she needs to settle d
Tamara Morgan
Sep 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Making Waves was a cute, fast-paced romp. (And by romp, I meant the plot was implausible, the secondary characters were over-the-top caricatures, and much of the humor was situational.) And this was okay with me, since I knew that's what I was getting into when I picked up the book. I've been known to like many a romp before.

I can't quite pinpoint why this one didn't work for me. It might have been that the humor was a little heavy-handed at times (see: Juli's mother's jello salad). It might hav
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
What a hoot! That's what I have to say first. Pirates, an urn filled with ashes, a woman with a high IQ without any common sense, it was hilarious. When I first started this book Juli was a puzzle to me. In fact, she is a puzzle for the first half of the book. There is something different about her. You aren't sure if she just has a severe case of ADHD or what. She bounces from job to job, trying them all. She gets bored, very easy. Her common sense seems to be out the window and as a reader you ...more
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Tawna Fenske's Making Waves is a hilarious wild ride with dashes of sweet romance.

Juli travels to St. John to honor her Uncle Frank's wishes for his cremated ashes to be tossed into the sea. Alex and his band of unlikely pirates arrive in St. John and plan to seize illegal diamonds from their former boss. When Juli accidentally stows away on Alex's ship, she has twenty-four hours to prove she belongs with Alex's ragtag crew and can help with the heist, if she can overcome her seasickness and use
Dec 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Look, if you tell anyone I read a romance novel, and maybe even enjoyed it, I'll have to hunt you down and beat you with a side of beef. But if you promise not to spread salacious rumors about my reading habits, I'll be happy to tell you how much fun I had breezing through Tawna's debut novel.

And it really is a breezy, little read--full of ludicrous action, quirky characters, and enough sexual tension to choke Don Juan. Sure, it gets a little silly in parts, but that's half the fun. And boy, doe
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This was a really fun book. Juli was such a misfit - she was a certifiable genius, but had real problems in social situations. She also had problems keeping a job, as they would bore her very quickly. She ended up on Alex's boat by mistake, thanks to an allergic reaction to motion sickness medicine. Alex and his friends were planning to hijack some cargo from one of their boss's ships, to get even for them being laid off just before being eligible for their retirements. The whole mission was a c ...more
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I almost NEVER laugh out loud while reading a book, but this book completely changed that. Tawna has a natural gift for writing what we smart asses are thinking... and "Juli" has a gift for saying just the right thing and making things happen for herself.

I typically don't read humorous romance books because my sense of humor is very dry and sharp and I tend not to think that the same things are funny as everyone else does. I purchased and read this book because I read Tawna's blog and I wanted
Susi M. Rose
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I pre-ordered this book quite a while ago, and was thrilled to find that it had downloaded yesterday morning. Within a few hours, I was reading it, hoping it would live up to my expectations.

I was thrilled to find that I absolutely loved this book! I started reading and completely lost track of time until my husband came home to find me laughing on the sofa.

Obviously my laughter intrigued him, since he grabbed it as soon as I finished, eager to find out what was so funny for himself! :-)
Jason Fleming
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This is not my typical genre to read, but Tawna's hilarious blog inspired me to check out her debut. Really enjoyed it, with all the quirky characters, the sexual tension, and the interesting storyline.

Plus, she used " wench" and " nefarious" - two of my favorite words to write.

Yes, it's romance, but guys, trust me you will enjoy this.
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm really looking forward to this one. Tawna is totally nuts-- in a good way!

This was a fantastic read. Fun and sexy and silly. Who can resist a pirate? Even if he is a 40 something former executive. Juli and Alex and the rest of the gang are wonderful characters. Great first book by Fenske. Can't wait for the next one!
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Romp/caper style plot, just plain silly. Characters are right out of central casting. Doris Day for heroine & James Gardner for hero. Writing is good, fast paced & lots of chatter about gourmet food. So many "cowinky-dinks" that I was glad to learn this was a premier effort by the author. Hopefully she improves in plausibilty. ...more
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I got an advance copy of this book through work and really liked it. This was such a fun romance. I loved the main characters and hope that they might reappear in a future book. The book is due out in August and I can't wait to start recommending it to my customers. ...more
Kim Mullican
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a phenomenal debut for this author. Funny, witty and wildly hilarious I could not put the book down. Not typically a lover of romance I will most certainly read anything written by Author Fenske!
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! Absolutely fun fun fun read! Out of the ordinary plot with some very fun and quirky turns! Highly recommend it if you're looking for fun! ...more
Meika Usher
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Funny and sexy. The quirky characters and sizzling chemistry between the two main characters made this book a must-read. Looking forward to Tawna's next one! ...more
Jamie DeBree
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious, and really fun/convoluted (in a good way) story. Fabulous quick-moving read.
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a funny, romantic read. At times it went a little too far in the comedy aspects, becoming a little spastic instead of funny. I loved the concept of normal people turning pirates. It lent itself to a lot of funny moments. The characters were unique and interesting. Juli was my favorite, of course. She was so smart and sure of herself. Cody was also a favorite. Alex fell a little flat for me in comparison to the others. He was still hung up on a relationship that failed decades ago and th ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm very torn when it comes to the romance genre. I find a lot of the writing trite and terrible, yet reading Harlequins is a guilty pleasure of mine. As a writer, I shudder at the bad analogies used in many of the bodice-ripping books. So imagine my delight when Making Waves actually managed to make fun of this very trope, while still being a romance novel! Honestly, I don't know the last time I laughed so much. It takes some skill to weave together a story of pirates, stolen diamonds, first-ed ...more
Jennifer Warner
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This book started off quite funny and quirky. However, I totally did not buy the characters. There was nothing about Juli to indicate she was really smart, and given the way she was portrayed, it was also hard to believe she could never find a guy. The premise of the book was interesting, but the description of the characters and their actions did not mesh. Too bad, this had the potential t9 be much better.
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 star/reread list hilarious romcom the first half of the book/nine chapters. The second half was 3 stars if I am being generous. It only had about 3 laughs and I ended up rushing through the last 30%. That gives Tawna Fenske one and a half out of two books on my reread list which is a good strike rate.
Kate Crowe
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a fun little romance with pirates and boats. The characters were funny and I enjoyed this one.
Carmen Bailey
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the silly story and cute romance, and parts were even funny, but it was pretty graphic.
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When Tawna Fenske finished her English lit degree at 22, she celebrated by filling a giant trash bag full of romance novels and dragging it everywhere until she’d read them all. Now she’s a RITA Award finalist, USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Publishers Weekly has praised Tawna’s offbeat romances with mult ...more

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