Monday, October 3, 2011

The Ship Engineer

Title: The Ship Engineer
Author: Serena Yates
Publisher: Silver Publishing
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ISBN: 9781920501051
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Nathan Kappas is an intelligent and serious minded ship’s engineer, who’s much more comfortable dealing with the mechanics of running an engine than he is with relating to people. He’s just been promoted to second engineer on a much larger, mid-size cruise ship, the Sapphire, when he meets a man who will change his life. His new crew mate, Harper Quade, a musical dancer, is everything Nathan isn’t. He’s good with people, full of life, has a bubbly personality and enjoys a good laugh.  

Harper is like nothing Nathan expected and opens his eyes to what been missing from his life. The attraction between them is immediate and it’s not long before they’re spending as much time together as possible. But Harper left an abusive ex-boyfriend behind when he came aboard ship and now that man has found him again, threatening not just what he and Nathan are building together but Harper’s very life. 

The Ship Engineer is release three in Serena Yates’ series Workplace Encounters and while I’ve enjoyed the first two, this latest is my new favorite. It’s a well written story, filled with information about working and living on a cruise ship, including interesting tidbits about visiting some of their ports of call, without letting the story get bogged down with too many details. There’s intense attraction, a slow growing physical relationship followed by blistering hot passion, betrayal, fear, stalking and worse. It has just about everything needed for an entertaining read and it’s going right into my keeper file.  

I love Nathan. There’s just something about the socially inept guy you have to like. But it’s the very fact he’s not perfect… that he’s a bit flawed that makes him a compelling character you want to succeed. But despite his problems Nathan immediately relates to Harper and I loved how this accidental meeting opens his life up to emotions and a chance at romance he never thought to experience. He also has a big secret, which I won’t reveal, but it’s something he and Harper need to deal with when the time is right. 

Ms. Yates has created a real sweetheart in Harper, but she’s also given him a troubled background of his own to deal with. The love affair between him and Nathan is tender and poignant, allowing them to learn about each other physically and emotionally. But when the stalker appears on the scene, it’s up to Nathan to come to the rescue or Harper and everything they’re building together could be destroyed.

1 comment:

Serena Yates said...

Thank you so much for a wondeful review. :-)