Published by Riptide Publishing on May 25, 2015
Genres: BD/sm, Contemporary Romance, M/M Erotica, M/M Romance
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A week on a tropical gay cruise is just what Lee needs after a bad breakup and a Canadian winter. It’s a shame his ex is on board, but Lee is sharing a cabin with Cole, a hot lawyer who—as luck would have it—is actually from Lee’s city. So when Cole unexpectedly awakens Lee’s kinky side, Lee begins to dream that they can actually take their shipboard romance home with them.
But Cole is keeping secrets involving a troubled young man on board the ship. And Lee, after his recent brush with betrayal, finds it difficult to trust Cole when he says Justin isn’t a rival.
Then he learns the truth and is also drawn into the tragic story. His dream vacation is in danger of turning dark, but he’s determined to navigate Cole and himself to a safe harbor before their blisteringly hot romance is lost at sea.
Erin: Closing the Loop by Jane Davitt is a short, steamy, kind of kinky, fast paced if not somewhat disappointing book. It takes place mostly on gay cruise ship and while I enjoyed that setting as it’s different from what I’ve seen lately, I have to say I’m not sure I’d want to be on THIS cruise. Jane Davitt is an author whose work I’m always quick to buy, but sadly this one didn’t really do it for me.
The two main characters meet when Cole goes into the travel agency Lee works at and just happens to want to book on the same cruise Lee has already purchased. Through an entirely unbelievable set of circumstances, when it’s time for the cruise, Lee and Cole are conveniently assigned the same suite, The Presidential Suite no less, which they’ll share for the entirety of the cruise.
As characters, Lee was really unlikable for much of the book. Whiny, nosy, and pretty narcissistic to boot. Cole is his opposite: aloof, proper—almost too much at times—and elegant. I’m all for opposites attracting and usually really enjoy watching two seemingly incompatible people figure out how to be together. In this case, there was little chemistry to begin with, and I just couldn’t really picture them as a couple.
The sex, and it was plentiful, was well done as Jane Davitt always delivers. But coupled with the insta-love that felt forced and the kink that didn’t really make any sense, I don’t think it worked as a whole.
I liked the premise of the book, I’m just not sure it was executed as well as it could have been. If you’re looking for something short with a lot of sex, Closing the Loop might be for you.