© 2020 by K.A. Randle.

In Pursuit of Paradise

Ship captain Nicholas Becket knows he needs to change his playboy ways. And when he discovers beautiful divorcee Lily Kingston at a job fair for his cruise line, he thinks he has found someone who can reform him.

Lily is looking for a change of her own but she isn’t prepared for Nick and all of his baggage. Not to mention her own scars from the recent past. Although she is fiercely attracted to the handsome and dashing millionaire, an unexpected event threatens to tear them apart forever.

Can this pair of lost souls overcome the stormy waters of life’s ups and downs in order to find their true paradise?





He grasped her hand and brought it to his lips. His kiss was so delicate, she almost fainted on the spot. The touch of his skin on hers was warm, light, and inviting. She imagined how his lips would feel on the rest of her body. What was going on with her? Was she losing the tenuous grip she had on her sanity?


“No, Lily,” he said. “The pleasure was all mine.” He paused for a moment. “Would you like to have dinner with me tonight? Unless of course you have other plans and have to head back home.”


Lily hesitated. She had been on a few casual dates since her divorce six months earlier, but she had never been asked out by a complete stranger. Sympathetic friends, just trying to help her get on with her life, set up most of the one-date-only events she had attended. But none of the nice yet ordinary men made her feel the way she did right now.


Electricity crackled between them. She was certain they had a strong, unexplained connection even if her rational side was telling her it wasn’t a smart idea to get involved with this guy. Despite her misgivings, she found her voice. “No, I don’t have to get back home, so yes, I would like to have dinner with you, Captain Becket.” There. She had overruled her common sense yet again, and went with her gut. A warm flush crawled across her face again, but she just didn’t care. This was what she wanted, and she was going for it. There was no turning back now.


“Wonderful,” he said. “I’ll meet you in the hotel lounge, say six o’clock?”

“Yes.” She smiled and hoped she didn’t sound too nervous. “See you then.” He let her hand go, and they parted ways. Lily walked toward the lobby with a grin on her face and the feel of Nick’s lips on her hand still etched in her mind.