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  • Up Ship Creek

  • Valentine's Inc. Cruises, Book 10
  • By: Abigail Kade
  • Narrated by: Randi Johnson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Categories: LGBT, Romance
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Summary

What happens when you find out the one person who always rubs you the wrong way, can rub you the right way even better?

Taylor loathes boats and the water, but he accepts an invitation for a short cruise with his latest fling because the deck is good, and he has the vacation time. How bad could it be? When he’s stood up and stranded without a cabin by the deck, he can’t believe who comes to his rescue.

How in the hell is he supposed to survive for four days in the same room with his secret wet dream armed with only a suitcase full of lingerie? He’ll need every last bit of self-control to survive without climbing and claiming Bart all for himself. 

Bart’s brother won a cruise and convinced Bart to go. At the very last minute, his brother backs out, and he winds up with a huge king suite all to himself. After the ship sails, he sees his favorite sexy designer desperately trying to find a place to stay on the sold-out cruise.

Thrilled to come to the rescue, he offers to share his cabin since there’s plenty of room. It’s just the chance he’s been looking for to get Taylor to slow down and see what’s in front of him. Even if Taylor pretends to be immune to his charms, Bart’s a man with a plan and four days to make it happen.

Between Taylor’s suitcase of sexy fun, Bart’s surprising playful side, and an unexpected tropical storm, these men will realize that being up the creek without a paddle is sometimes exactly where you’re meant to be.

Author note: This book is a short and sweet stand-alone which follows two characters who were first introduced in the Just the Way You Are series of books. It is not necessary to have listened to those books to enjoy this one. However, if you’re curious about their world, there’s more to explore!

Also, please note, some liberties were taken with cruise ship protocols and procedures for this story. 

©2019 Abigail Kade (P)2020 Abigail Kade

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Short story with heat, humour. Love the narration!

This is one of those sweet, funny stories that leave you with a smile! Bart and Taylor - such opposites. One's a fashion plate (Taylor) and the other isn't (Bart). They also bicker a bit as frenemies, (they had some funny lines). When Bart comes to Taylor's rescue by offering him somewhere to bunk, they discover a few things about each other - let's just say kinky and heated hijinks ensue! The romance follows a natural progression and they get their HEA. I'm glad I got to listen vs reading the book - Randi Johnson made it a lovely listening experience. He has good pacing, great character voices and the humour and heat shone throughout the narration. Great way to enjoy the story!

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good story

not a bad shorter story. some different kinks, some funny moments, some intriguing questions about other characters. narration was on point.

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Loved it

I read this story when it was part of the Boxset and really enjoyed. I always like to listen to books a few months after I have read them and this one did not disappoint. Great short story from Abigail and great narration by Randy. Well worth a listen.

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Short and sweet

Abigail Kade did a great job in getting a short story feel complete. The characters were interesting to get to know and Randi Johnson did a super job with the narration.

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3.75 stars. A quick easy listen

Bart and Taylor have known each other for a while and finally get together on a cruise. I did think there’d be more lingerie in play and the mild kink does accelerate very quickly. There’s not a lot of depth to this story, just fun kink for the main characters who get together on a cruise in rather unbelievable circumstances. I really enjoyed the performance by the narrator, who was new to me.

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Kept me smiling .. great audio book.

Taylor and Bart work together occasionally , now they are on a cruise together and things get extremely hot , The banter between them both is hilarious . When you open up your suit case and feminine lingerie spills out , I knew this would be such fun to listen to. I was not mistaken and I laughed my way through this audio , narrated expertly by Randi Johnson. Great storyline , this is so very good ... I am still laughing .

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Fun

This is such a fun audiobook. The writing is light and angst-free, yet the story is in no way lacking. Bart and Taylor are a flirty, lovable and well-matched couple who carry the majority of this tale. The few secondary characters are memorable and add further to the hilarity. Randi Johnson's narrative is faultless. Taylor's voice is light and smooth and contrasts well with Bart's sultry growl. A definite 5 star listen.

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Lovely romance

This is a lovely sweet romance. The characters are so likeable. Randi brings these characters to life so very well. You can feel the emotion in his performance. With a well written book like this you will be wanting more.

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as great as the ebook

The story is always 4-5 stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me. The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. Randi Johnson is one of the top 3 narrators (so far) for me, I can listen without break and have no problems to follow. And really, his SEXY VOICE is something you DON'T want to miss!! I'm just not yet finish with the book, just over the half, but I listen enough to give a review. PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!! To my ratings: 5* - very very good it's like an A+ 4* - very good and will be often re-listening it's like an A 3* - it's more then a one-time-listening. it's like a B

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Unexpected but great!

I didn’t know what to expect from this book, but I really enjoyed listening to it - the mystery added to it!

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  • J.S. Locke-Russell
  • 22-09-20

Sweet

this was a sweet and uncomplicated HEA. I like switching from heavy stuff to something lighter sometimes. I loved that he got stuck on board with no room and had to share. it was cute. Kathy Banks

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  • GothicKitty
  • 21-09-20

Great!

There were some missed words in the beginning as I read along with the narration but then the story got rolling. (But I did subtract a star for this). It was pretty sexy and had an HEA. I liked the premise of it. Randi did a great job with this one! I would recommend this!! ❤️

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  • Kimberly Kniaz
  • 18-09-20

Up Ship Creek

Omg this audio book was absolutely positively amazing. I would highly recommend this audio book.

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  • Chrystal
  • 17-09-20

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Up Ship Creek (Valentine's Inc. Cruises Book 10)by Abigail Kade. This story was well written with a lot of laughter and drama. Taylor and Bart kept me entertained. I enjoyed this sweet quick listen. The Narrator Randi Johnson did a fantastic job bringing these characters and story to life.

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 15-09-20

Taylor and Bart

Taylor and Bart work together and Taylor would like Bart but he's straight with a girlfriend. Bart breaks up with girlfriend and is going on a cruise with his brother and tells Taylor he wants a date when he gets back, because I am Bi. Turns out Taylor and a fling are on the same cruise, but Taylor's date cancels last minute and he is a stow away on the boat. Bart comes to the rescue and love blossoms. Short and sweet

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  • hussfan
  • 12-09-20

Cute story, Good Narration

This was a cute sweet story, short and entertaining. Narrator did a great job. I liked his voices for both characters and his narration made this story an enjoyable listening experience.

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  • Vania
  • 09-09-20

Lovely, sweet and a lot naughty!

Listening to this book put me in a definitely good mood. It’s the perfect balance between sweet, snarky and a whole lot of sexy and a bit kinky. Suffice it to say there’s lingerie, role-play and a fox tail involved…. I loved Randi Johnson narration, it’s a perfect pick me up if you’re having a gloomy day!

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  • Jocelyne
  • 22-08-20

Sweet Romance!

This story is different than what I have read before. This is a short novella, funny, and sexy. Randi Johnson did a great job with the narration.

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  • Avid Book Lover
  • 28-07-20

Cute Story!

I enjoyed listening to this story. The intrigue of whether or not Bart would ultimately be able to hook up with Taylor was suspenseful. Who would have imagined the shocking circumstances that Taylor encounters aboard their cruise? I had to laugh at the “surprise” Taylor’s “friend” provided while packing Taylor’s suitcase!! How initially mortifying!! I also enjoyed the ending with how Taylor is able to surprise Bart. Randi Johnson once again does an excellent job in narrating this story. The tonal quality of his voice is wonderful to listen to and brings the story to life. I received this audiobook at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • JKS
  • 25-07-20

Very Enjoyable!

This is a beautifully written short fun sweet story about Bart and Taylor. Unbeknownst to them, they both ended up on the same cruise alone, but while Bart had a nice suite, Taylor had no cabin because his friend had canceled and didn't tell him. Bart and Taylor ended up sharing and the rest, as they say, is history. This is such an enjoyable story that had me laughing at times. I love their banter. They even get a little kinky. Narrator Randi Johnson does a fabulous job.