Reviewed by Ami
Title: Seeking Solace
Author: Ari McKay
Series: The Walker Boys #3; Dreamspun Desires #69
Heroes: Devin & Paul
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 206 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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 a 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.
I enjoyed the previous two Walker Boys book that I kindly requested for the advanced copy for the third book. Seeking Solace featured another Walker cousin, Devin Walker, who works as bartender at a cruise ship, Poseidon’s Pearl. Devin has been tasked to be a liaison for one of the top management who comes to supervise the day in and day out of the ship. Little does Devin knows that the top management person is actually Paul Mercer, the son of the Triton Cruise CEO, the company that owns the ship.
Paul comes to the ship under the name of Bailey, hiding his true last name to avoid the staffs to act differently around him. He is also a bit reserved at first. Paul survived car accident that amputated his leg, and suffered from broken relationship when his ex-boyfriend left after the accident.
Devin is more outgoing, friendly, and accepts Paul for who he is, never seeing the prosthetic leg as flaw. I loved reading how Devin slowly coaxed Paul out of his shell.
There’s near-the-end drama when Devin finds out Paul’s true identity, but just like any romance, our men find the way back to each other again. There is a brief cameo from cousin Beau and Liam (from two previous books) which made me quite happy.
Despite the short time that Devin and Paul spend together during the cruise, I never felt that their romance was too instant. Maybe because they did quite a lot of things together, there were dates and talking about each other’s dreams. It was sweet and fit the Dreamspun line very well.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*