Private Charter (Susan’s Review)

Title: Private Charter
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 24, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary romance
Page Count: 244
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


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’ve really enjoyed some N.R. Walker books in the past. There are a couple that I reread over and over again. But lately it seems I have lost my N.R. Walker mojo. I was incredibly bored with Galaxies and Oceans and unfortunately that was the case with this one as well. I guess I need something more nowadays than just two guys in close proximity falling in love.

I don’t think I can add much that isn’t stated in the blurb: Stuart is overworked so he books a two week holiday cruise on a yacht where it will be him, his fuckbuddy, and the skipper. But when the fuckbuddy bails at the last minute it is just Stuart and Foster, the owner of the yacht. And with Foster being gay as well, Stuart sees no problem with adding some sex to his holiday…

My main problem with this story was that I was bored. And that I had a hard time liking Stuart. I did like him when he was thinking/talking about the stress his work gave him and how he wanted to give it all up. But then he turned around and became so arrogant that I wanted to throw him overboard.

And while I used to love flirting and innuendoes, I now roll my eyes at it and keep thinking, oh please just acts normal and have a real conversation. I guess I’m turning into an old woman…

As soon as Stuart found out Foster was gay, he tried everything he could think of to seduce Foster, and a lot might find that sexy, I just thought he was so obnoxious about it.

“Hot guy,” I amended, trying not to smile. He shot me an incredulous look. “Pardon?”
“Before, you said ‘hot guy wearing tiny white Speedos.’ I was correcting you.” He grinned, the eye-crinkling kind, and held my stare. “Silly me. I forgot what kind of arrogance it took to run in M&A.”
I smirked at him and hitched the towel up my thighs so the fabric bunched over my dick. “Don’t confuse arrogance with honesty.”

“I work hard on this body. I’m not hiding it. I’m not used to hiding it.”

So arrogant….

And I like subtle seduction, not walking around in a white see-through speedo. That’s just too obvious for me.

But I do have to say I liked the second half more when something actually happened. So that saved it from being a 2 star read. 3 stars means I didn’t really love it, but it was an okay read in the end, so I’ll settle for that.

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