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Below Deck
By Tara Sivec

​This book dragged me right out of the doldrums of winter.  Below Deck was an enjoyable, fun, steamy romp through the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.  Filled with humor and plenty of tension, Below Deck was a book that grabbed me from the get-go and kept me thoroughly entertained until the end.

Who wouldn’t want to set sail on a yacht for ten glorious, sunny days?  Well, Mackenzie wasn’t entirely thrilled with the idea.  Aside from her father and her best friend Brooke, she was less than pleased to be sailing the waters with her step-mother and step-sister.  But with all of the stress that Mackenzie had been under for the past several months, she decided that she would at least try to unwind a bit and have some fun.  When Brooke tries to convince her that the best way to relieve some stress would be to have a vacation fling, Mackenzie isn’t so sure that she’s the right kind of girl for a no-strings holiday hook-up, but when she meets the handsome yacht employee with the irresistible dimples, well, she begins to believe that a little fling may be just what she needs.

Declan is a hard-working member of the yacht team.  He wants nothing more than to be able to captain his own yacht one day.  With an impressive work ethic and high level of professionalism, Declan is well on his way to being able to achieve his dream.  The last thing that he needs is to be attracted to one of his passengers.  He just figures that she’s another spoiled, rich girl who has had everything handed to her by dear old dad.  But he can’t help but think that she might be different from the clientele that he’s used to serving.  She’s friendly, appreciative, feisty, and a natural beauty – unlike the plastic mom and daughter duo that she’s traveling with.  But it doesn’t matter if she’s different.  He can’t break the rules and fraternize with the guests.

Below Deck may have been a fun read, but it also had a healthy helping of tension and angst to go along with it.  Mackenzie and Declan fought their attraction, but when it proved to be too much, they were determined to keep it all light and easy:  no attachments, no falling in love, just a holiday fling and nothing more.  Of course, that’s easier said than done.  Feelings get in the way.  Feelings get hurt.  Hearts get broken.  What fun would it be if everything was just sweet and easy?  Tara Sivec doesn’t make it easy on this couple, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

This was a fast-paced, entertaining read that left me craving a margarita and wanting to pack my own suitcase!

*4.5 Stars