Title ~ Closing the Loop
Author ~ Jane Davitt
Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing
Published ~ 25th May 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Kink.
A week on a tropical gay cruise is just what Lee needs after a bad breakup and a Canadian winter. It’s a shame his ex is on board, but Lee is sharing a cabin with Cole, a hot lawyer who—as luck would have it—is actually from Lee’s city. So when Cole unexpectedly awakens Lee’s kinky side, Lee begins to dream that they can actually take their shipboard romance home with them.
But Cole is keeping secrets involving a troubled young man on board the ship. And Lee, after his recent brush with betrayal, finds it difficult to trust Cole when he says Justin isn’t a rival.
Then he learns the truth and is also drawn into the tragic story. His dream vacation is in danger of turning dark, but he’s determined to navigate Cole and himself to a safe harbor before their blisteringly hot romance is lost at sea.
Word count: 39,800; page count: 153
Lee was going through a rough time. He'd booked the trip of his dreams with his boyfriend Ryan, when he won a windfall on a scratch card. Problem was between booking the tickets and taking the cruise, Ryan and Lee broke up. Ryan was spiteful enough to keep the ticket, leaving Lee in the position of going on a gay cruise, packed with hot men, sharing a room with an ex-lover.
Lee worked in the travel agency and managed to pull a few strings. He and Ryan would still be sharing the cruise, but not a room and that was enough to put a spring in Lee's step.
In the meantime the luscious Mr. Joseph Cole was occupying his thoughts. The man had come into the travel agency where Lee worked wanting to book on the same cruise. Now Lee was free he didn't have a problem with dreaming about a man who was probably involved with someone else. That's what dreams were for.
Even with them sharing a cabin (this is fiction after all so that was inevitable) Joseph Cole, or Cole as he prefers to be called, made it plain that he was single and wanted to stay that way. It seemed he had a mission on the gay cruise and it wasn't getting laid or trying to find a partner. He was keeping an eye out on his nephew - I really didn't like that boy although I kept telling myself he was young, he'd gone through a trauma - yep. Still didn't like him.
There is a bit of angst in here, a spot of kink - nothing too elaborate, but the leather gloves were hot. I felt that Lee acted like a spoiled brat sometimes, especially when Cole came back, but ultimately this was a surprisingly sweet book. Ms. Davitt is a new author to me and I will be reading more of her work.
Favorite Quote: [Lee] Obviously his karma points were in the negative zone.