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 realizes his original plan for two weeks of sun, surf, and sex might not be lost yet. Confined to a yacht, isolated by aqua-colored oceans and the sweltering sun, Stuart and Foster are about to find out just how hot the tropics can get.
Contains mature themes.
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"This is everything one would expect of an N.R. Walker story: two men, a bit of isolation and chemistry, and gorgeous set pieces. The stakes are relatively low, which is a perfect fit for this very casual sail through open waters.
Until, of course, the third act. But no spoilers!
Antony Ferguson does his usual solid job narrating here. His emotion and cadence are engaging. I might prefer more distinction between character voices, but he adds enough emotion to keep things clear. N.R. Walker's writing also helps make it clear whose POV is narrating, and who is speaking, so it's not hard to follow.
Minor CW for emetophobics: there's a brief mention toward the end of the story."
Rick O (4 out of 5 stars)