Stuart Jenner’s job is high stress, high stakes, and everything he’s strived for. So why, when the apex of his career is within reach, does he stumble? At his doctor’s insistence, he books a privately chartered yacht to sail around the Whitsundays for two weeks of sun, surf, and sex. When his friend-with-benefits bails on him at the last minute, Stuart decides to go alone.
Foster Knight left the rat race behind six years ago, bought a yacht, and now calls the Great Barrier Reef his home. Sailing tourists around tropical waters is all in a day’s work, and he’s never been happier. When his next client arrives alone, the two-week charter will be the most private job he’s ever had.
Foster can see how stressed and exhausted Stuart is, and he promises him extensive rest and relaxation. Stuart slowly realises his original plan for two weeks of sun, surf, and sex might not be lost yet. Confined to a yacht, isolated by aqua-coloured oceans and the sweltering sun, Stuart and Foster are about to find out just how hot the tropics can get.
I’m a sweet and salty gal. Yep. Gimme some sugar but I’d like a side of tang too, please. When it comes to books, not everyone can deliver both; but Walker seems to soar with ease. She mentioned it was ‘everything I needed to read right now’ and she was spot on. I would wager you will feel the same.
Stuart is cocky and far from coy but he has created a facade that he hides behind. Unfortunately, his guise is slowly suffocating him. His doctor called his bluff and ordered him a two-week vacation to regain the reigns that have been slipping away from him. His plan is to set sail with a ‘special friend’ and cut ties from his world for two weeks. Last minute, he’s disappointed to discover he’s going alone. Grudgingly he forges ahead only to find the Captain of the yacht is a walking wet dream. Perhaps all his wishes will still come true. Foster has lived the high life. He also abandoned it when he realized it was slowly sucking the light from him. Fame and fortune aren’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Now he does what makes him happy. He lives a simple and full life…alone. He thought he had everything his heart desired until he met Stuart. Now he understands he is free but not complete. He wants someone to tie his heart to…and he wants that someone to be Stuart. But what if Stuart doesn’t feel the same? They’ve only just met. Could they really truly have something real?
This romance begins as a holiday fling consisting of not much more than a dozen days. And yet, I never felt it was rushed or instalove. I can only equate that with brilliant writing. It is racy but real. Around the notorious “third through and thoroughly had” mark the heat level kicks up several notches. The sexual tension thrums from the pages until then. Foster is holding back, trying to hold onto his rules, but Stuart obliterates every single one of them. Their first kiss is soooo sexy. Lick, sip, and suck is definitely a smoking hot game when it comes to these two. But pushing all the steam aside, they are so sweet together. I adored the tender moments. I reveled in the connection, their bond, their click…because they do. They are adorable and I couldn’t get enough. I wavered between the desperate urge to finish and longing to stay with them for as long as possible. I loved the paradise we travel through. My mouth watered during meal time. And my heart thundered during the last ten percent. Never fear…the ending was pure perfection. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Well, okay…I could ask for a future sneak peek. Maybe something pertaining to a moon. *wink*
Stuart might rub you the wrong way at first but please give him time to show his true colors, he’s not used to revealing them. Foster made me melt and I have a feeling you’ll fall under his spell too. Tangling with tequila can end one of two ways and we witness both.
If your palate craves both sweet and spice this sizzling summer ride is one you’re going to want to slip onto. Surf, sun, and Speedo…need I say more? Oh! And *wipes drool* The cover is slightly deceiving…it’s wet and white but not completely accurate…truth be told, I’m not complaining.