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Ship Happens

(Valentine's Inc. Cruises #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Photographer Upton Sanders is a proverbial third wheel. Still single after his best friend met the love of his life on the Valentine’s Inc. dating app, Upton assumes he’ll be alone forever. Everything changes when his friends surprise him with a week-long singles cruise.

Travel agent Walsh Dunne has never left the state of North Carolina. With the ink on his hospitality de
Kindle Edition, 159 pages
Published August 19th 2019

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Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a sweet love story. It's a slow burn, getting to know you friends-to-lovers type story that just melts your heart.
Walsh has hidden he's gay for years with all the garbage he's had to deal with with his mother, he didn't need more ammo. So he just sticks his head down and did what he could do to graduate, get to college and run far away. His first assignment with the travel agency he works for is a cruise to Cuba. But there's a few things he doesn't realize about this trip. When he meets Upt
K.R. Phoenix
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.25 stars
🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 2.5 (quick to fall/insta-love, feelings over ‘heat’)

Valentine’s Inc. strikes again. A cute insta-love story.

I really liked Upton and Walsh. They played off each other well and brought out the best in each other. I’m glad Upton got his HEA and we got to know more of his back story. I was surprised with the deep and confronting DV prologue for Upton and thought maybe that depth would continue through the story but I forgot this was a fluffy Valentine’s Inc Story and
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super sweet!

I’ve really enjoyed seeing more Valentine’s Inc, this time at sea! Though I liked seeing a visit from past characters too before/after they set sail, plus Gypsy was purrfect.
A cruise is something I’d never imagine doing myself, so it’s really fun and interesting to see these glimpses into the ship. In this book I especially enjoyed the details and interesting excursions-I see why Walsh & Upton loved them!
Walsh and Upton started out taking it slow and sweet, from acquaintances
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yay! Valentine's Inc is back and I love the idea of this series being set on a cruise. So many possible stories!
Pandora is one of my favourite authors and this book is another example of why as she builds up a friendship and possible relationship in a lighthearted way but also with a lot of feeling. Upton and Walsh are from quite different worlds and when they come together on the first night of the cruise there's an instant connection that both men feel. Walsh though is a little bit unaware of
Amy Dufera
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Ship Happens is Pandora Pine's contribution to the multi-author series Valentine's Inc Cruises. First of all, I love the name of the cruise. And, well, Ship Happens is a Pandora Pine story, so no surprise that it's wonderful.

Upton and Walsh are two strangers who meet on a cruise. One's sent by his friends, the other is there for work. Slowly, they get to know one another as the cruise goes on. With each laugh, touch, and gesture, they both find themselves falling in love. Course even if they wan
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Light And Fun - Mostly. In this installment of the Valentine's Inc Cruises MM romance series, we get paranormal author Pandora Pine's effort, and it is indicative of her stylings while only tangentially being related to her overall world. If you're like me and have been on many cruises, there's a lot here that will bring back your best memories - including Stingray City in Grand Cayman and the Magic Chair at Mahogany Bay. If you've never been on a cruise before, this is a good introduction to wh ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
“This was like The Bachelor: High Seas Edition.”

Upton Sanders last break up was horrible. It resulted in one black eye and a cut under the other. Even though three years has past he's still hopeful that love is out there. When presented with a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to try a singles gay cruise, he takes it.

Walsh Dunne is in for a surprise when his “work” cruise turns out to be a singles gay cruise. His first reaction to finding this out wasn’t the best, but he couldn’t get Upton off
Melanie Rawlinson
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet couple, little too short..

I enjoyed the Valentines Inc series and this cruise-focused season is no different. Such great stories and characters, with cameos from the earlier couples too. Granger and Lennox were my faves from the first season so to meet them again and get to know their friend Upton was a joy.
Upton is a lovely character; mostly kind and nice with just a bit of ‘I will claw your eyes out’. Read the book and learn a new insult, is all I will say. Walsh is a sweetie but totally
Ravenclaw Silverstripe
3.5 Stars!

This was a cute story. I was really rooting for Upton to find someone of worth after having such a horrible experience with an abusive ex.

For the most part this was a light and fun read, however, it did have it moments of serious topics like domestic abuse. I think the balance of both of that was ultimately there. It did take me a bit to vibe with Walsh, but I did after a chapter or two. There was the kind of cliche/expected fight right before the HEA that bugged me a bit, but it eve
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ship happens is a new spin on the Valentine’s Inc. series written by a group of authors. If you are not familiar with the premise, Valentine’s Inc. is a fictional app that has wild success at helping singles find their soul mate. We are not disappointed in this story.

Upton is gifted a singles cruise by his best friend. Walsh, on the other hand, ends up booking himself on this cruise. These two meet over “chicken and noodles” and sparks fly. This book is an easy laid back read, perfect for vacati
Emily  Muddle
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great Valentine's Inc story! Ship Happens takes us on a cute and relaxing journey with Walsh and Upton as they find their happily ever after together. For me, Upton was the heart and soul of the story. After escaping a horrid past relationship, Upton is still single but hasn't let that dampen his spirits. He has such a loveable soul and is so endearing in his hope to find that special someone that it actually squeezed my heart a little.

Together, Upton and Walsh bring plenty of sweetness
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Upton and Walsh were really sweet guys who deserved more happiness than they'd experienced so far in their lives. This book made me root for them to have their happy ending, it gave me a side character who broke my heart, and it made me want to travel to hold sloths and stingrays!
I loved the way Walsh and Upton fell for each other quickly, and I enjoyed their banter as much as their romantic scenes. I'm glad the author connected them to the rest of her Salem characters, because that gives me hop
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it

Delightful and quirky journey to finding love on a singles cruise. Lots of fun interactions where these guys really learn each other and how nicely they fit together. This is a fun romantic comedy with great characters and a good story-line.

Upton and Walsh have an awesome connection that you can feel and really mesh and complete each other.

This is book three in the new spin on the Valentine’s Inc. series written by a great group of authors.

I was gifted this book from the author and i freely g
Kendra T
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-review, mm
This was so sweet, much like Pandora Pine’s other books. Uptown is looking for love, Walsh is trying to learn about cruising (the travel kind). When they meet on a gay singles cruise, there is instant attraction and eventually they spend all of their time together. There were some funny and snarky moments, sweet and tender moments, and heartbreaking moments. This book had it all. I loved that it took place on the cruise ship, and I’m looking forward to the other Valentine’s Inc books.

I am volun
Sarita Chapdelaine
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This is a cute, sweet and fun story with interesting characters and an intriguing storyline. Upton and Walsh are great together and I love how their relationship develops. There are a few issues they have to deal with and a bit of angst but the ending is good. There are some great secondary characters from a previous book as well as a delightful cat. I like the setting and the author does an excellent job describing all of the various ports that they visit. I look forward to reading the rest of ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Upton & Walsh

I was so glad to see the Valentine’s Inc premise was getting a second round of books! Upton and Walsh’s story was super cute, and I just loved their first meeting - in a buffet line! The chemistry between them was great, but most of all I loved their developing friendship while on their singles cruise. I loved when Upton’s sassiness came out, and how Walsh helped him relax and experience new things. I loved their story and their HEA. Now I’m just left wondering how I get to hol
Amanda Viecelli
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this addition to the Valentine’s Inc Cruises! Upton and Walsh are so sweet together, even as they stumble occasionally, and I really enjoyed the way their relationship builds with each encounter/adventure they have. I also loved the cameos from other Pandora characters! The story is at times sweet and sexy and sometimes light and funny, with a little angst and a lot of fun. The length makes it a perfect afternoon read with an adorable diva and a lot of story and adventure packed into the p ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cue the theme from The Love Boat
Oh My, This is the first of this Valentines Inc series I’ve read. I have to say, it’s a gloriously unashamed feel good read. Upton and Walsh are perfect together from the start, Walsh being so very different from Upton’s ex. A slight blip along the way and our HEA is achieved. It’s cute, humorous, makes me want to cuddle a sloth and swim with stingrays. However I need to know.... what happens to Fortin!
Lindsay Hardin
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ship Happens

I was was pleasantly surprised when Valentine’s Inc got a second venue. I love the premise of finding forever on a cruise ship. I love Walsh and Upton! They’re total opposites but they complement so well. I hope to see them make cameo appearances in the coming V
CCP books. I’m also intrigued by Fortin and his son Cooper. He needs a story. That said this was a fun and breezy read that had better excursions than my real life cruise did a few months back.
Esther Alayeto
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a quick read that is a very sweet romance and a very enjoyable read. Upton and Walsh are a super cute couple with lots of sparks between them. I really like that they finally see what is right in front of them and it's great watching their relationship grow. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great Valentine's Inc. Cruises story. I so enjoyed Ship Happens. I found this to be a sweet, fun read with a little bit of angst.
Upton and Walsh have an wonderful connection that jumps off the page and gets you involved and rooting for their HEA.
I really enjoyed going on this adventure with them.
Kathryn Manzella
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ship Happens by Pandora Pine is the third book in the multi-author series Valentine's Inc. Cruises. This is a fun and cute story... Upton and Walsh are great characters and I love them together. Lots of humor and amazingness!

I received an advanced reader's copy of the book and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review and recommendation.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc_reads
I really liked this story! The characters were very entertaining and while, due to the length of the book, the plot had some necessary shortcuts, the flow was good and it didn't feel rushed at all.
A very pleasant read and a great addition to the series.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This started promising with the abusive ex but the whole cruise was almost boring. I did not get the chemistry between Upton and Walsh. Also, the ‘I love you’s’ were exchanged after 3 days.
Diane Dannenfeldt
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved Upton and Walsh. These boys are from very different worlds. Upton is looking for a love of his own. His friends set him up on this cruise which is all single men. Walsh is not aware of the type of cruise he is on and is actually there for work, he is learning how to sell cruises to his clients. From their first meeting, sparks fly. But Walsh runs as he isn’t there for love. Upton continues with trying to find a connection without much success. When our boys decide to do some excursions t ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Upton and Walsh is another couple that Pandora Pine has caused me to fall for. You will smile, laugh, cry, and fan yourself as you read about these two men and their journey towards their HEA. And might I say, I adore the cat. You'll see :)
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Sick of the slogging rat-race of her 9-5 job, Pandora Pine put pen to paper (literally!) to make her ambition of becoming a romance novelist a reality. She cut her teeth in the dog-eat-dog world of fanfiction, still dreaming of the day when she would be a published author. She lives in Massachusetts with her blabbermouth muse who’ s a fan of middle of the night plot twists.

In her spare time, Pando

Other books in the series

Valentine's Inc. Cruises (10 books)
  • Ship Work (Valentine's Inc. Cruises, #1)
  • Shipping Orders (Valentine's Inc. Cruises, #2)
  • Battle Ship (Valentine's Inc. Cruises, #4)
  • Luck of the Ship (Valentine's Inc. Cruises, #5)
  • Shipping the Captain (Valentine's Inc. Cruises, #6)
  • Abandoning Ship (Valentine's Inc. Cruises, #7)
  • Shipping Our Loves (Valentine's Inc. Cruises, #8)
  • Ship Off (Valentine's Inc. Cruises, #9)
  • Up Ship Creek (Valentine's Inc. Cruises, #10)