Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Closing the Loop
Author: Jane Davitt
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 150 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: May 25, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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.
Review: I ended up enjoying this one quite a bit. There are a number of coincidences that bring Cole and Lee together. I really wasn’t too sure what to make of Cole at first. He gives an impression of being a rather hoity toity somewhat stiff guy, but it doesn’t take long for us to see behind that mask, thanks to Lee.
Lee is looking to hook up, enjoy his trip, despite the fact that his now ex insisted on going. Thankfully, he has an opportunity to room with someone else. That someone ends up being Cole, the guy he met when Cole tried booking the cruise through Lee’s travel agency. Cole is there for very different reasons though. He is not looking to hook up and party, and honestly, Lee really isn’t either, even though he thinks that’s the best way to go about things.
Lee and Cole spend a little time getting to know one another and hit it off. They definitely have differences, but in the bedroom, they totally sync. Lee feels free to explore his fantasies, something he was always afraid his ex would throw back in his face. And Cole ends up letting himself go and enjoy the fun as well. Something neither ever really explored before, they found they really liked doing with each other. There isn’t anything too heavy here, mostly sexy dirty talk and a tiny bit of spanking, which I found kind of refreshing.
Cole’s issues and reason for being on the cruise brought another element to the story. It was a bit frustrating to see how it affected Lee at first, but once he was in the loop, so to speak, things were much better.
I can always count on an enjoyable story from Ms. Davitt, and this one didn’t let me down in that department. While I was not blown away by the story, I found it to be a great afternoon read. If I had that kind of money to spend, I’d definitely be adding gay cruise to my bucket list.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*