Series: The Walker Boys, Book 3
All hands on deck for a shipboard romance – with a secret.
Like his cousins, Devin Walker aspires to be a chef, but he wants to indulge his wanderlust while feeding his customers, and working a cruise ship seems like the solution. Since he can’t find an opening in the kitchen, he’s happy to start out in a position behind the bar.
While on board Poseidon’s Pearl, Devin is assigned to shepherd a visiting executive. Paul Bailey is quiet and unassuming, and the car accident that cost him his leg also shattered his confidence. He doesn’t think he’s attractive to other men anymore, and Devin is eager to show him just how wrong he is. Paul has a surprising secret that might sink their passionate affair before it even leaves port.
I very much enjoyed the main characters of this story. Devin came across as an outgoing, joyful young man with a bright and intelligent personality. Paul, on the other hand was closed and reserved but with good reason. Both men are dealing with baggage from past relationships. Vacation romances tend to be a bit unrealistic to me, but Ari McKay threw in a couple of wrenches to make our guys work for their happy endings. There is a little drama due to a misunderstanding and lack of communication, but it is resolved fairly quickly and without much angst. The ending was a bit rushed, but I’m used to seeing that with Dreamspun Desire stories.
John Solo did a good job with the narration of this story. He doesn’t have quite the range of “voices” as other narrators, but he reads with such intensity that I can help but like him.
Overall, this is a solid story with a good narration, that I recommend to anyone looking to a fun, light story.