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Wednesday, August 4, 2010



Just the mention of honeymoon immediately brings to mind an exotic location, a picture perfect setting for a blissful idyll. Unfortunately, your romantic interlude can produce a rude awakening if you choose the wrong place…a spot that in the past has conjured up that image but is now on the State Department warning list for travelers. I recently read an article outlining this unfortunate situation.

1) Mexico: Drug Wars

For Better: Very affordable location with popular and beautiful resorts and beaches.

For Worse: Even though the most dangerous locations are the towns on the U.S. border, in May 2010 the State Department put out a travel warning for the popular tourist destinations of Acapulco and Mazatlan.

2) Jamaica: Gun Battles

For Better: Jamaica is the most popular Caribbean destination for honeymoons with more than 100,000 Americans choosing that destination.

For Worse: In May 2010, the State Department issued a travel alert warning against traveling to Kingston and surrounding areas as a result of escalating violence and unrest.

3) Australia: Poisonous Spiders

For Better: Sydney and the nearby Blue Mountains are popular with honeymooners who want it all: beaches, hotels, restaurants, and nearby wine country.

For Worse: In 2010, there has been an invasion of deadly funnel web spiders. They can leap 18 inches, bite through soft shoes as well as fingernails and toenails. Their bite can be fatal. Hopefully this spider invasion will soon be under control.

4) Indonesia: Kidnappings and Bombings

For Better: Bali's exotic settings, 5-Star retreats, and couples-only resorts make for a very romantic destination.

For Worse: Terrorist activities have marred the expectations of travelers. Kidnap zones such as Papua should be avoided. Another risk is the bombings that have rocked Indonesia, as recently as 2009 in Jakarta.

5) Thailand: Riots and Terrorist Attacks

For Better: One of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world.

For Worse: Bloody political riots gripped Bangkok in the spring of 2010. The State Department warned of separatist group attacks and urged U.S. citizens not to travel to the far south of the country. The Thai government also declared a state of emergency in 24 provinces.


There is, however, one exotic location totally free of stress and danger. One location with vivid sunsets, balmy breezes, beautiful beaches, and lush tropical surroundings. And just where is this idyllic destination?

FORBIDDEN ISLAND by Samantha Gentry, one of the Destination Pleasure series of short stories from The Wilder Roses (, the Scarlet Rose line of erotic romances at The Wild Rose Press.

Where Murphy Abbott was concerned, Chantal Stevens couldn't stop asking herself what if...?

Chantal met the very desirable industrialist ten years ago when he gave the commencement speech at her college graduation. The moment he shook her hand, she knew she wanted to know him in every way possible. He was polite and charming. She was mesmerized. And for ten years one recurring thought continued to assault her senses—what if?

Using a deceptive ploy, Chantal managed to procure an invitation to his private Caribbean island with the goal of seducing him to answer that question once and for all. But she failed to consider Murphy might have a goal of his own.

Whipped Cream gave FORBIDDEN ISLAND 4.5 Cherries and had this to say:

Sometimes a chance encounter is all it takes to leave a lasting impression. Want to know more? Visit Forbidden Island and learn more.

Ms. Gentry writes an interesting short story, sizzling with steamy sex scenes and a budding passion Chantal and Murphy can’t deny. I loved the descriptions of the island; you felt like you were really there with them.

I liked that Chantal and Murphy can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. The adoration bubbled from each page. Chantal, though not totally honest, is devoted to finding out whether a relationship with Murphy will be as smoldering as she suspects. I liked that she was so blunt and that he wasn’t afraid to go exploring with her.

The reader can identify with her need to find out whether the attraction is fleeting or something that could last a lifetime. The reader can also feel for Chantal. She wants to know what could’ve been and does her best to set that into motion.

Although I felt the physical relationship started a bit fast, once Chantal and Murphy got together, they really did burn up the sheets, the pages, and the story! You could feel the trust between these two people, even so early in the tryst.

If you want a sexy read for a cool summer night, then I’d suggest Forbidden Island. I give this steamy short story 4 ½ cherries.

Samantha Gentry currently lives in Kansas, but has lived most of her life in the Los Angeles area.

For twenty years she worked in television production before becoming a full time writer. For many years photography was her avocation and that's what started her writing—non-fiction magazine articles to accompany her photographs. The writing eventually segued into fiction and novels.

Writing as Shawna Delacorte, she has twenty-one novels published with Harlequin. Her first Samantha Gentry ebook was published in January 2006. In addition to writing, she also teaches an eight week fiction writing class at the state university twice a year.

To learn more about Samantha Gentry and her books, take a look at her website and check out her blog.

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