The Fling in Panama

A steamy and flirty standalone romantic comedy about stepping out of your comfort zone and falling in love along the way.  

A backpack? Ready. A packed itinerary for Latin America? Planned. A hot sailor who wants to show me the world? Unexpected.

I arrived in Panama with a limited budget for maximum exploration. I’ve only got a few months between my parents’ home in Sydney and the corporate world, so I better make the best of it.

What I didn’t plan on was meeting Eivind. He’s got broad shoulders, top-tier flirting, and a sexy accent that pulls me in. But giving into him could jeopardize my whole trip.

Ukulele ballads, long walks in the jungle, and sharing the space of a small sailboat together means the tension will be off the charts by the time we make it to the Pacific Ocean.

Eivind and his boat are sailing west, while I’m traveling south. I came here for an adventure, but now I might have an even bigger one. One hot night in Panama might change everything.

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Keywords: romantic comedy, adventure romance, books with sex scenes, cinnamon roll romance, forced proximity, rom-com, summer beach read, standalone romance books, vacation romance, romance novels for women, international romance novel, tropical destination romance, contemporary romance, new adult romance


“…the Fling in Panama will satisfy your cravings for romance and adventure. Alden weaves lived-in details about life on the ocean with a rich cast of characters that will whisk you away on a vacation without leaving your living room.” 
—Sara Whitney, RWA Golden Heart award finalist and author of the Tempt Me Series. 

“The Fling in Panama is a delicious cocktail of sailing, wanderlust, exotic destinations, and steamy romance. Be warned: Once you step aboard, you may never want to leave!”
—Trish Doller, author of Float Plan 

“If you are looking for heart flippy moments, a swoony hero and steamy love scenes go no further. You found it.” 
—The Romantiquarian 

“I couldn’t have asked for a better time for this story to come into my life. Travelling, sailing and the excitement of new adventures that I’ve been missing so much in the last year, all in one beautifully pack-aged story. Add some sweet (and spicy) romance into the mix and you’ve got The Fling in Panama.” 
—Kyra Parsi, author of In Love and War 

“The setting is absolutely serene. You can feel it through the pages – the jungle, the sun and humidity and the sounds. It is escapist fun and just the story I needed to read right now.”
—Literally Booked Solid 

“This is a rollicking fun contemporary romance with an unlikely setting: a sailboat. Grab a pina colada and jump into this flirty summery read.” 
—Kristen Hanes, The Wayward Home 

“A very real story of two people who have decided to live lives less normal but still facing choices of which adventure to follow. For once, a romance novel that feels real.” 
—Carolyn Shearlock, The Boat Galley