Meet Paul “Flipper” O’Riley from Shore to Please
About the Book
Title: Shore to Please
Genre: Romantic suspense
Author: Annette Mardis
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Tara Langley thought she’d found the love of her life, but he betrayed her with another woman. So she buried herself in her mission: convincing Gulf Shore Aquarium that dolphins and whales belong in the wild, not in artificial pools.
If Tara had her way, Paul “Flipper” O’Riley would lose the job he loves. Flipper is the head dolphin trainer, and the aquarium’s dolphins are his babies. While he’s open to having a real family one day, the last person he would choose to be his wife and the mother of his children would be Tara.
These two should be sworn enemies, after all. He certainly swears at the sight of her. And his surfer-dude looks and lover-boy reputation aren’t exactly what Ms. Prim and Tidy had in mind when she pictured her ideal man.
But in the age-old way of opposites attracting, Tara and Flipper find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other. There’s no possible way a relationship between them could work, right?
As the two try to find common ground amid all the quicksand, Flipper and his coworkers become the targets of an increasingly more menacing campaign to force the aquarium to release the dolphins under its care. Will Gulf Shore Police Detective Joanna Tompkins catch the culprit before it’s too late?
The Bucket List of Paul “Flipper” O’Riley
Name: Paul “Flipper” O’Riley
Birthplace: Dothan, Alabama
Profession: Head dolphin trainer, Gulf Shore Aquarium
Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Your author introduced you. Now we'd like to get to know you better. Please tell us about yourself.
I decided as a kid that I wanted to be either a dolphin trainer or a professional baseball player. I went to college on an athletic scholarship, but I knew I wasn’t good enough to make it to the Major Leagues. I got my degree in interdisciplinary studies with an animal behavior concentration, worked with beluga whales during an internship, and was lucky enough to land a job in Gulf Shore in a highly competitive field. For some reason, though, there’s this idea that I’m some kind of beach bum and a real player with women. I guess that’s partly my fault because dolphin trainers are like rock stars in the Florida beach town I live in, and I get plenty of attention from ladies who say they like the way I fill out my wet suit. But I got my heart broken a while back and don’t go out on as many dates as people think. Right now, I’ve got my eye on a woman who’s wrong for me in so many ways. Still, I can’t stop thinking about her and wishing we could find a way to make it work.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
I’d like to go to one of those remote lodges along the Hudson Bay coast in Canada to see polar bears and beluga whales in the wild. And maybe the Northern Lights, too. Seeing marine animals in their natural habitats is always an awe-inspiring experience for me. I’d also love to go on a Danube River cruise in Europe. There’s one trip that includes tulips field and windmills in Holland, castles in Germany and vineyards in Austria. I think that would be very romantic and something Tara would love. Can you believe I’m fantasizing about seeing those sights with her?
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
I’d have to say St. Augustine, Florida, the first six months after my family moved there. I was 12 years old, and it was really tough being the new kid. I hadn’t grown into my body yet and was very gangly and awkward. Plus, my classmates made fun of the way I talked, so I forced myself to speak without an accent until it became second nature. My parents were hurt at first because they assumed I was ashamed of my roots. I think they finally understood after my sister stopped using certain expressions she thought made her sound too redneck.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
My paternal grandfather, who died when I was a baby. I wish I’d gotten to know him. He was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded during World War II. My parents said he doted on all his grandchildren and that he was a big baseball fan. It would’ve been fun to sit and watch games with him.
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
Steven Christianson, Tara’s ex-boyfriend. I’d be compelled to punch him in the face for treating her so badly. But I guess if he hadn’t cheated on her, they might still be together, so maybe I should thank him for being such a tool.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I’d go back to the 1920s to New York to watch Babe Ruth play. Seeing him knock one out at the original Yankee Stadium would be a baseball fan’s dream come true.
What is your birth order?
I’m the youngest of two.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
My parents bought me one of those wiffle ball/plastic bat combos, and my dad spent hours pitching to me. Those are some of my fondest memories from childhood.
Describe your favorite food and how it's prepared.
I love filet mignon cooked medium well on the grill and topped with mushrooms sautéed in melted butter with a touch of garlic, plus sea salt and cracked black pepper. Pair that with a baked potato with butter, sour cream, cheese and crumbled bacon. Man, my stomach is rumbling just thinking about it.
Tell us about your best friend.
Evan Sanders is the chief photographer/videographer at Gulf Shore Aquarium. We’ve spent a lot of time together playing darts, drinking beer and eating wings at Bikini Barb’s Bar & Grill, and we’re also on the same softball team. He’s just a good guy who’s easy to be around. I narrated a documentary he did on Trident, a baby dolphin the aquarium rescued, and Evan’s insanely talented. He’s engaged now to Dani Davidson, and I couldn’t be happier that he’s found the love of his life. I’ll be honored to be the best man at his wedding.
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As a girl, Annette dreamed of being an astronaut, but she stank at science and math and became motion sick riding the bus home from school. So she went with her second choice—newspaper journalist—and stuck with it for more than three decades. After years of ignoring well-meaning people who said, “You should write a book,” she finally did. And then she wrote a few more. When she's not working, Annette usually has her nose in someone else’s novel or her gaze glued to sports on TV. She has three totally spoiled pets, enjoys being the designated sightseer on her husband’s Harley, and volunteers at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of diva dolphins Winter and Hope from the Dolphin Tale films.
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