Title: Seeking Solace (The Walker Boys #3)
House Line: Dreamspun Desires #69
Author: Ari McKay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 159
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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 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.
This book is about leaving your past behind and embracing what the future holds.
Paul Mercer is next in line to inherit the Triton family business of cruise ships. Paul has never been on a cruise, so his father sets him up on a two week business opportunity aboard the Poseidon’s Pearl, where he is somewhat undercover, using a false last name. He’s trying to get a read on the staff hospitality and needs, but when he sees bartender Devin Walker, he can’t help mix business with pleasure.
I enjoyed the easy relationship between Paul and Devin. Paul had been burned in the past when an accident claimed his leg. Living with a prosthetic had been difficult to manage and his ex had wanted no part in his recovery. But Devin wanted Paul to enjoy life to the fullest and find happiness anywhere he could. He really changed Paul’s outlook and it was fun to read the change in Paul.
While I thought the story was fun, it was somewhat slow for me. I loved that the relationship between the two was the main focus, but I guess I was waiting for more action or adventure to take place.
This was a good, fun, low angst read with plenty of good times and a HEA.