Her brother Marco was lost and presumed dead. He'd been second mate on the Paradisio, a sailing ship that disappeared when Hurricane Carlos hit the Caribbean. Although she hadn't spoken to or seen him in five years, Ava had always hoped to bridge their estrangement someday. When a lawyer contacts her alleging the ship's owners were at fault for putting the lost crew at risk, Ava heads down to St. Barts to get answers from Marco's boss, Dane Erickson.
To Dane Erickson Utopia Adventures was more than a business, it was his family. However, even as he mourns the loss of the twenty-one crew members of the Paradisio, including his best friend Marco Santori, Dane knows many will look to blame him. Knowing of Marco's split from his family, Dane wonders if Ava Santori's presence on St. Barts is motivated by a need to know the truth or greed.
Wanting to discover the details of the new life her brother had created for himself, Ava accepts Dane's invitation to stay and explore Utopia's fleet. Distrust soon turns to romance, but it soon becomes evident that something illegal is going on. Will Dane and Ava uncover the truth before they become victims of foul play?
Roxanne St. Claire's debut is a steamy mixture of intrigue, passion and red herrings. Dane comes across as a hero too good to be true, but he certainly has the flair to carry it off. Ava is the more complex character as she suffers from a combination of grief, guilt and a need for vengeance over Marco. Set in the exotic locales of the Caribbean, TROPICAL GETAWAY is the perfect escape for a cold winter night.