Thursday, August 30, 2018

Private Charter by N.R. Walker

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 realises his original plan for two weeks of sun, surf, and sex might not be lost yet. Confined to a yacht, isolated by aqua-coloured oceans and the sweltering sun, Stuart and Foster are about to find out just how hot the tropics can get.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a really good read, and probably should be adopted by the Australian tourist board, as it certainly made me want to visit all those magical coves, and dive with the fishes! (Okay... and the men.)

Foster has it made, he has made that transition to a life he chooses, but when Stuart, who is his next charter client, comes on board alone, the rules of engagement with passengers suddenly change. We get the privilege of coming along for the ride, and to enjoy watching them come to terms with what they are, what they could be, and the cost. Stuart has been warned by his doctor that his health is at risk, but could he really give it all up like Foster has done? There are some really good points made by them both, in terms of love, life, and what is important, but most of all it is a great read about two guys who just recognise a fellow spirit and enjoy each other. Does it last? Well, you need to read it and find out – but I can tell you that it is a very satisfying read!

Set in Far North Queensland, Stuart charters a yacht to sail around the Great Barrier Reef. But when his travelling companion cancels, it ends up just being Stuart and the sexy Captain Foster on the holiday. Private Charter is the kind of book that is going to make you want to take a holiday somewhere tropical and sunny. With descriptions of the beautiful blue water, warm sun, and breathtaking sunsets, it was easy to imagine being in Stuart's place.

The ensuing romance between Stuart and Foster is pretty hot Meeting Foster, who was also once in Stuart’s line of work, has Stuart doing what I’m sure many of us do when we go on holiday somewhere amazing – evaluating our lives and wondering if we should leave the rat race and aim for something better.

I had a bit of a false start with Private Charter. As an Aussie, I hate when Aussie authors change our language to make it easier for American readers to understand. It is unlikely other readers will notice this, but it bugs me no end. I told myself to stop being so pedantic and kept reading and I’m happy I did. This story is a very sexy and an easy winter read (or a summer read for those in the northern hemisphere). It is the sort of book where you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride to the happy ending that you know is coming. This story was just what I was in the mood for. Good, fun reading. 3.5 stars from me.

This is the story of the romance between a burned out city financier and the skipper of the boat he hires to tour the Great Barrier Reef. It’s a steamy read full of flirtation, innuendo, and some thoughtful reflections.

This is a lighter, fluffier read than most books by NR Walker. Between Stuart’s tiny white speedos and the sexy games the two men play with tequila, there is a playful feel to this book. The attraction between Foster and Stuart is instant but the seduction is delightfully slow and built on playful banter. It is only after Foster and Stuart build a relationship that the story turns more serious as Stuart reflects on his career and his future. I really loved both of these men and I love how the connection that starts out as a playful, sexy hookup becomes something much more.

The setting of this story makes it come alive. I loved Foster’s yacht, the food he cooks, and the men’s experiences as they swim and snorkel. The author’s descriptions are sensual and evocative, and I was desperate to visit Australia by the end. This is an easy, sexy read and a wonderful fantasy escape from real life.

I thoroughly enjoyed Private Charter. The descriptions were so detailed I wanted to feel the sun on my face or the drop of the boat off a wave caused by the bad weather. Loved the ending but was sad to see it end.

Stuart has scheduled a long overdue vacation at the request of his doctor. Stuart is one of the best at what he does, but the toll it's taking on his body and mind is huge. Stuart plans a charter yacht for two weeks with his man of the week. He is looking to relax, rejuvenate, and have lots of sex.

Foster has found his key to happiness. He does what he loves, sailing his yacht, meeting new people, and having an amazing view.

I loved the push and pull of these two characters. The chemistry was explosive and my god, the white speedos. Watching them learn about each other and themselves made for a slow burn. Private Charter is definitely worth the read!

Sun, sex, and Speedos. This book is full of all three and I loved every minute of it. Stuart and Foster were so good together. They had things in common and Foster taught Stuart how to sail and how to let go and have fun. There was just a bit of angst and even that bit made me cry. I wanted to take a sunny vacation after reading this. I really enjoyed it and the epilogue. This is a book I will re-read when I need a hot, sexy read.

N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words. She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things... but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since...

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Private Charter by N.R. Walker to read and review.

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