Friday, March 1, 2013

Review: Caribbean Blues by Ari McKay

Caribbean Blues by Ari McKay
Torquere Press
Short Story: 56pgs
3.5 Pants Off

When Jon Lawson’s ex dumps him just before a romantic vacation to the Bahamas, Jon decides to go it alone in order to prove he’s not as boring as his ex claims he is. Once there, he meets marine biologist Derrick Mason, who seduces him into a passionate vacation affair and teaches Jon about more than just the dolphins that brought them together. But when Derrick offers his heart, can Jon put aside safety and security to take a leap of faith that will change his life forever?

I hate to say this, but this book could have done with a few more pages. I get that it’s a short story, but it’s really hard to believe in this insta-love because it’s just really sudden, but it involves dolphin so serious cuteness happened.

Jon Lawson gets dumped right before him and his ex are to leave on a romantic getaway to the Bahamas. He always gets told that he never does anything outside the norm, so this trip was a way of showing his spontaneity and living outside the box. Too bad now he has to go to paradise by himself, but he's going to do it and have a great time. Looking at the itinerary clearly shows that it was to be a couple’s thing, but Jon is not passing up his chance to swim with dolphins, oh no he is not. There he meets Derrick the marine biologist who's going to give him his time with the dolphins. Derrick is gorgeous and so out of Jon's league it’s not even funny and besides he's not looking to rebound. The time spent with the dolphins and Derrick is the most fun Jon has had in a long time and he's sad to see the day end, but it seems Derrick wants to spend more time with him. It wouldn't be so bad to have a vacation fling now would it?

Seriously, a cute story but twenty more pages would have made it better. Regardless, I did like the writing and Jon. He just needed to break out of his shell and let things happen, from what he shares it seems as if his family is a constant pain in his behind, so I am happy he will be getting away from them. The island setting was written well, and makes me desperately want to head to the Bahamas and swim with dolphins.

The relationship between Derrick and Jon is super cute, not overly sexy but just right.  Both are making a huge jump into a long lasting relationship, but man that’s some island dreams. So yes, it’s an insta-love but I really did enjoy it. Great for a little afternoon read if you just wanna feel good.

3.5 Pants Off

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