Author: Ari McKay
Book: Seeking Solace
Series: Dreamspun Desires, Book 69
Page/Word Count: 206 Pages, 55,188 Words
Categories: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza
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 onboard Poseidon’s Pearl, Devin is assigned to shepherd a visiting executive. Paul Bailey is quiet and unassuming, and a 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.
4✨s – I’m not normally one for shipboard romances but this one was really well written and enjoyable from the beginning. The characters are well rounded men that you can relate to, both with their own problems but with each other their personalities really start to shine through. Especially so with Paul, who’s past trauma has led him to a fairly isolated life but upon meeting Devin he can start to break through some of the stresses that were holding him back. Devin is an easy man to fall in love with. He’s fun, laid back, really friendly but stays professional when working. Reading as he takes Paul on visits to places that he loves is a treat as as a reader, I felt included and excited by what they got to see and experience. Ari’s descriptions of the Caribbean islands are brilliant, really brings them to life. The easy and quick connection between the two men, though fast considering it’s a cruise holiday, felt believable in the way the story played out and the way in which the men related and connected with each other. I do enjoy insta-love stories as I can fully enjoy building of a relationship between them. We were introduced to several great supporting characters, friends of Devin’s from working on the ship as well as his family back home. Their interactions were charming, funny and got to show off Devin’s lighter side. Due to Paul just focusing on work and being solitary for quite a while, there was no one for him to introduce but I got the feeling that will be changing when these two decided on their future. I really enjoyed this book and it’s not necessary to have read the previous books in the series to enjoy or understand. I myself will be going off to find them and add to my TBR pile! I received an ARC from the publisher and am happily giving a review.
About Ari McKay:
Ari McKay is the professional pseudonym for Arionrhod and McKay, who have been writing together for over a decade. Their collaborations encompass a wide variety of romance genres, including contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, and action/adventure. Their work includes the Blood Bathory series of paranormal novels, the Herc’s Mercs series, as well as two historical Westerns: Heart of Stone and Finding Forgiveness. When not writing, they can often be found scheming over costume designs or binge watching TV shows together.
Arionrhod is a systems engineer by day who is eagerly looking forward to (hopefully) becoming a full time writer in the not-too-distant future. Now that she is an empty-nester, she has turned her attentions to finding the perfect piece of land to build a fortress in preparation for the zombie apocalypse, and baking (and eating) far too many cakes.
McKay is an English teacher who has been writing for one reason or another most of her life. She also enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, and playing video games. She has been known to knit in public. Given she has the survival skills of a gnat, she’s relying on Arionrhod to help her survive the zombie apocalypse.
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