Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Release Day Review: The Boyfriend Cruise by Deanna Wadsworth

Title: The Boyfriend Cruise
Series: Pride of the Caribbean
Author: Deanna Wadsworth
Release Date: December 25, 2018
Category: Holiday, Paranormal - Angels/Demons, Other Paranormal
Pages: 212

Dreamspinner Press

The Pride of the Caribbean is a cruise ship unlike any other. Paranormals working on board the enchanted ship hide in plain sight, under the benevolent protection of a demigod captain and his fairy husband.

And this is a shipboard romance unlike any other.

Josh Gilbert’s well-meaning family booked a gay-friendly cruise for Christmas in order to find Josh a boyfriend. Hoping to escape the constant parade of bachelors—and the collapsible fishing rod dangling mistletoe his mom keeps in her purse—Josh takes solace in a growing friendship with the ship’s photographer, Nathan. Though Josh is falling for Nathan, he worries it will never be more than a shipboard fling.

Nathan recently became aware of his incubus heritage and has finally learned how to control his demon side. But Josh has awakened more than just the demon’s need for orgasms—Josh has awakened Nathan’s heart. What’s developing between them is the real thing, but can Josh ever accept Nathan’s promiscuous past… and love a sex demon?

Amid lush tropical settings, family hilarity, holiday costume parties, sexy snorkeling adventures, gingerbread martinis, and mythical creatures, will Josh get his Christmas wish and finally find the true love he’s wanted for so long?

5 Stars

I knew going into this story that there was a chance that I wouldn't completely like it… Boy was I ever wrong! This book gave me all the feels - it was sweet, not over the top, had just the right amount of angst (which was almost nonexistent), and just the right amount of sexy times, and they were full of feeling.

Josh is such a sweet man with a low self-image that just makes you wanna bundle him up so he can't think bad things about himself. His family, by the way, are hilarious - I love his mom and her antics with trying to find Josh a boyfriend. When he meets Nathan, he is cautious in opening his heart, what with him only there for the week and Nathan being such a sexy man; he can't believe someone like Nathan would really want him. But Josh is so much stronger than he ever gave himself credit for and I love that.

Nathan is slightly different than I originally thought he would be. Part incubus, he was a different paranormal being than I'm used to reading about, but I have to say I really loved the way Deanna was able to intermix both sides of Nathan, i.e., the demon and the human. Nathan is a man who is trying figure out what he really feels and what is different about Josh from all the other men he's been with. As he slowly realizes what is happening he discovers he is more than his demon.

The Pride of the Caribbean is the type of cruise liner that I would love to be on. With the accepting stance of all who came aboard, it makes you wish the whole world could be like that, whether it be as a person of the LGBTQ+ community or as some paranormal creature hiding who they are, as if it all were some elaborate costume.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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