March 7, 2017 by ceresbooksworld
Below Deck by Tara Sivec
Publisher: Self Published
Publication date: March 7th, 2017
Source: eArc from the author
Rating: 3 heart
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?
Below Deck tells the story of Declan who works on a Charter, it’s a job he loves and he dreams of becoming captain of his own boat. He has some a-priori about the rich, mainly because those who travel on this boat are for many awful people, who respect nothing and nobody. Only, his life will change with this trip, Mackenzie is a beautiful and intelligent young woman, Declan imagines that she’s like all the others but he will soon discover the opposite.
Declan is an interesting character, he takes his job very much to heart and he knows what he wants, he has rules to respect even if he will break them with Mackenzie. He doesn’t like to be at fault and reacts very badly when it happens, he can say horrible things but he also knows how to be forgiven. I like this character, his willingness to become a Captain and take his destiny in hand is something I respect.
Mackenzie is very intelligent, she isn’t born with a golden spoon in her mouth, she works hard for her father and the recognition isn’t there. Not that her father is someone ungrateful, but just that since he remarried, her father has changed and his priorities too. I find that Mackenzie is a responsible and laid-down girl, all she will do on the boat will follow her instincts while being pushed by her best friend. I liked this character at the beginning and towards the end it irritated me to the point.
The romance between Declan and Mackenzie is evident as soon as they look at each other; it’s a purely sexual attraction at first. Throughout the book one discovers their respective feelings, what annoyed me is that at no time, they do not speak; at no time do they admit their feelings. I explain each one is falling in love with the other; Mackenzie doesn’t dare to confess the truth to Declan because she thinks that for him this relationship is only a holiday flirt. Declan on his side thinks exactly the same thing. I don’t see any problem at the moment, the thing I didn’t like at all is when she reproaches him to lie to her and doesn’t tell her that he loves him and he wanted her to stay, it goes far, she almost forces him to beg her and there I want to say “STOP, you didn’t say anything either”. I understand the thing that women are equals but damn, Declan has tried to tell her but she didn’t let him talk and push him to have sex. And after that she goes and tell him he didn’t say anything to let her stay with him. I just say no, this is why I didn’t put a 4 hearts in this review, I don’t like the way she treats him.
All of that said, I must also say that the French phrases were not good at all, some are vulgar and others do not mean anything. I’m French and I had a lot of trouble with his sentences.
I like Tara Sivec series “Holidays”, this makes me laugh a lot and Below deck was interesting, it’s just the end that killed for me it.
Quick Word: A romance on a boat.
About the author
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. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series, the Chocolate Lovers series, the Chocoholics series, the Fool Me Once series and Watch Over Me. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.
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.
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