Chris Gardner, author
Finn Cummings is a walking contradiction: experienced deep-sea captain without a boat; domestic-abuse counselor with a hair-trigger temper; loved by the gorgeous multi-millionaire owner of Heaven Scent, a 58-foot Buddy Davis-designed sport fishing yacht, yet unable to free himself from the clutches of Jeena Sterling, a sexual predator who shows up in his bed, dripping wet and wearing a mermaid costume. Finn’s shaky hold on a what should be an easy-going life in the Florida Keys totally unravels when Jeena, and her brother Billy, steal the Finn’s not-so-secret cash retirement fund, along with the stashes of three other local captains, all of whom have made love to the same “mermaid,” and can’t get over it any better than Finn. Below the surface of the ocean, a giant hammerhead shark cruises toward a rendezvous with more than one of the characters, and a few 1000-pound blue marlin unintentionally become participants in a tournament with a winner-takes-all purse worth a cool $1,500,000. From the Florida Keys, to the island of San Salvador, Grand Bahamas, and beneath the ocean in between, Lip Hooked is a wild adventure of excitement, danger, and criss-crossing double-crosses that keep readers guessing. Debut author, retired deep-sea captain, Chris Gardner, weaves a complex seafaring tale as a cast of unforgettable characters rushes headlong toward a collision on the high seas.