Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Below Deck by Tara Sivec Is Now Available & Reviewed

Declan McGillis can't stand rich people. But working as a deckhand on a luxury charter yacht, he also can't escape them. Declan has spent years kissing their ass and doing their bidding... whatever it takes to make his dreams come true, and nothing will get in his way of being the captain of his own yacht one day.

Mackenzie Armstrong knows what people think when they look at her. She knows from the outside looking in, it seems like her family has it all and doesn't have a care in the world. Things aren't always what they seem, and not only does Mackenzie have the weight of her family's struggles on her shoulders, she also needs to prove to Declan that she's not the spoiled princess he believes her to be.

Declan can't ignore the sparks of lust between them, even though Mackenzie is completely off limits and absolutely out of his league.

Mackenzie thinks a vacation fling is just what she needs to forget about the mess her life has become, and Declan is the perfect man for the job.

Will this be a quick romp in the water, or will it turn into something more when Mackenzie finally gets below Deck?

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“Feminists all over the world would be hanging their heads in shame at me right now, wouldn’t they? I’m weak and pathetic and easily forgiving of asshole behavior,” I complain to Brooke, leaning against the doorframe of our bathroom while I watch her apply make-up. “Tell me I’m weak and pathetic.”

Brooke sighs, pulling her face away from the mirror and lowering the mascara wand from her eye to stare at me in the reflection.

“I will do no such thing. You aren’t weak and pathetic. And you aren’t easily forgiving, either. You stuck to your guns and made him feel like a jerk. What you are, is easily distracted by a pretty face and a magic dick,” she informs me, turning around to lean against the sink.

“You’re right,” I whisper, my eyes widening with this sudden discovery. “I’ve always rolled my eyes at women in books who keep going back to the same asshole over and over again. It’s because of the magic dick. And now I get it.”

“The fucking magic dick,” Brooke agrees with a nod.

“But seriously, this doesn’t make me weak and pathetic that I forgave him so easily and basically threw my vagina at him in a challenge?” I ask as she turns back to face the mirror and finish applying her mascara.

“He explained why he did what he did. He was an assuming asshole, but he still realized he was wrong and fixed it. You accepted his apology and admitted you’re still in need of a good dicking, and he’s the closest available dick to give you said dicking. I see nothing wrong with that,” she shrugs.

“That was a lot of dicks in one sentence.”

“There are a lot of dicks on this boat. You think you’ve got problems? Ben is the best sex I’ve ever had and he’s a man-whore,” she complains, shoving her mascara tube back into her make-up bag and grabbing her bottle of perfume from the counter.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This book should come with a warning label saying "Readers of Below Deck will want to take a tropical holiday." I wasn't even half way through and I was looking into holiday destinations in the South Pacific.

Declan is the Boson on the Helios, a luxury yacht. His dream is to become a captain and have his own boat. In the four years he has worked on the Helios he has never crossed the line with a guest. Enter Mackenzie. She is the daughter of a tech millionaire, but nothing like the spoilt rich girls he was expecting.

This is a fun romance. While there are a few different threads to the story, they aren't anything that requires much brain power on the part of the reader. You can just sit back and enjoy the show. There is plenty of sass and banter, lots of heat, and Declan and Mackenzie have cool best friends having a summer fling of their own. Oh, and the French chef was fabulous.

The story started to annoy me towards the end when Declan kept making the same mistake over and over and over with Mackenzie. On the other side of the coin, Mackenzie holds back from going all in with Declan, thinking he doesn't feel the same. I kind of wanted to smash their heads together. Luckily for them, they have great friends to help them along the way. But at the end of the day, this couple is a perfect match and their epilogue left me smiling.

I am a long time fan of the talented Ms. Sivec and was delighted to get the chance to review this book.

We are pitched straight into life at sea in a luxury yacht in the sun. Meeting both the crew and visiting their mean quarters, as well as the latest family of ultra-wealthy and entitled guests. Except this time, only two of the guests are really ghastly – and ghastly is an understatement! The ultimate in evil stepmother and stepsister to the somewhat gorgeous Mackenzie. Bosun Declan never mixes with the guests, but she is sorely tempting him.

For two intelligent human beings, they do have to rely a lot on their respective best friends to straighten out the repeated errors and misunderstandings. It is entertaining watching both leads deal with their hang-ups and each other, but I felt it was overdone, especially towards the end.

There were some great supporting characters. I really enjoyed Ben and Brooke and they were certainly light relief and essential for the plot. I think that the captain was an unsung hero as he definitely turned a blind eye to the goings on aboard his vessel. And Marcel, the chef, was undoubtedly the most patient and the most amusing with his acerbic wit.

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards for 2014.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

Tara loves tackling new genres so there’s something for everyone! Currently, she has books in the following categories: Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Erotic Romantic Suspense, Romantic Mystery/Comedy, Contemporary Romance, and Psychological Thriller.

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