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My hump day hook for the day comes from my contemporary sports romance, THE OPEN WATER SWIMMER. After meeting the man from her dreams who she believes is going to drown during an ocean race, she decides to go undercover as a race official. The only problem is, she doesn’t know how to swim. So she’s ordering up the “right” suit and taking lessons.
Dana had spent several hours online browsing for competitive swimsuits. So many styles, so little time. Fly back, extreme back, V2, racing back, cut out, and lingerie tank. Olympian Natalie Coughlin had looked good in the cut out back, so Dana had ordered it. I now own a training suit like the professionals, she thought with pride until she tried wiggling into it.
The thin straps cut into her burned flesh, which still hurt like the dickens, despite the aloe. To make matters worse, she looked over her shoulder in the mirror to see that the ultra-low back barely covered her rounder-than-Natalie’s derriere. Sweet. I’ll have to tug it up from time to time to make sure an unintended moon doesn’t rise.
When children’s mystery writer Dana Thomas has recurring nightmares about a swimmer drowning during an open water race, she aims to change his fate. Dana’s plan to remain objective makes a serious splashdown when she meets her “mission,” a towering blue-eyed man with the best cut set of pectorals she’s ever seen. Going incognito as a feeding station volunteer for FINA World Cup series races, she travels to Greece, Portugal, Honduras, and Tunisia to protect him. When heat between the pair sizzles, she falls hopelessly in love with this man destined to die.
Elite swimmer and former Navy fighter pilot Jeff Dickson keeps dreaming he’s drowning. Recently dumped by long-time girlfriend who found him too competitive, Jeff believes his driven personality and international travel schedule can’t mix with love. When Jeff meets Dana, he’s instantly attracted to her voluptuous body and mysterious personality. When Jeff learns she’s been stalking him for weeks at swimming races, he decides she must be psycho.
A series of fateful events before the final race lead Dana to believe her nightmare is about to unfold. Anticipating a dive-in and rescue scenario, Dana is shocked to discover that’s only the beginning. Can she change the fate of the man she loves and survive?