Iris McLaughlin was having a great time on the cruise until the Navy SEAL grabbed her and towed her into a lifeboat. Okay, so maybe “a great time” is a bit of an overstatement. Iris hadn’t enjoyed being late to orientation, being the last one on the boat, or sharing a wall with the obnoxious Navy SEAL who has a staring problem.
But hey, at least that off-the-shoulder swimming suit her sister had said would work, actually worked.
When a pod of killer whales attacks the cruise ship, the captain calls for people to abandon ship. Justin Brunner, retired Navy SEAL, tows Iris over the side of the boat without a second thought. In the morning light, they discover they’re the only ones in a lifeboat and the cruise ship is long gone. Oh, and so are the whales.
So maybe Justin had acted a little quickly. He’d been trained to do just that, so she can’t really blame him. Can she?
They eventually make their way to a tiny speck of an island in the huge Pacific Ocean, relying solely on Iris’s hip pack of emergency supplies and Justin’s strength, intelligence, and calm demeanor in a crisis. As they navigate the obstacles of food, shelter, and water on the island, a new player arrives: Their feelings for each other.
Justin feels like he’s playing catch-up because of his possibly premature actions, and Iris is sure a man like him won’t be interested once they get back to civilization.