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About the Author
- Publication Date : July 17, 2018
- File Size : 1709 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 207 pages
- Publisher : Bold Strokes Books (July 17, 2018)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07F5PNT7B
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,193,342 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The basic plot of this is that Amy Donovan, director of an all-lesbian cruise called Sisters of Sappho, falls for one of her passengers, a woman named Spencer Collins--despite rules that say employees and customers can't get together. Meanwhile, though, a fitness instructor on the cruise is trying to extract herself from working as a low-level drug mule. Also, a number of other lesbian couples on the ship have their own subplots.
I really liked the thriller aspect of this book. Jessica, the fitness instructor, just had the most interesting plot thread to me. Her on and off relationship with Breanna has a lot of tension (will they get serious or not?) and trying to disentangle yourself from a gang is more interesting to me than the rom-com of falling for a customer. Unfortunately, this meant I sometimes got impatient with Amy and Spencer's segments of the book, which were, well, most of it. They were really cute but I just didn't care as much about them.
A lot of the smaller subplots were cool as well. Some couples are characters from Yolanda Wallace's other books (which I have not yet read--I only know this because I saw it mentioned online), including Lucky Loser, The War Within and 24/7. Now I at least want to read 24/7, because I think it would have some of the thriller aspects I liked in this book, and the characters who appear here were just plain cool. Actually I wonder if I'd enjoy this book more if I'd read one or more of those books first, not that I needed to in order to understand the plot.
Overall, I'd recommend as a mostly feel-good summer romance, but my feelings aren't very strong. I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The suspense side of this book deals with Jessica, the cruise ship’s fitness instructor who has become involved with drug smuggling. Jessica wishes to open her own gym some day and has been banking the money made from smuggling to fund this dream. At the end of this trip, she has decided to stop being a drug mule. That is when the suspense starts.
I found the plot of Pleasure Cruise to be very predictable. Ms. Wallace spends a lot of time describing the boarding process and activities one might experience on a cruise. This portion of the book could have been minimized and more time spend on plot development. Also, the emotional chemistry between Amy and Spencer was not believable.
Some of the supporting characters in this book came from her previous book called “24/7” in which Ms. Wallace wrote about the tour group’s trip to Cancun where the hostage situation took place. Unlike that book, the characters in Pleasure Cruise were not as well developed. Because of this, I had a hard time connecting to them.
I do enjoy Ms. Wallace’s writing and look forward to her next book. I rate this book 2-1/2 out of 5 stars.
I was given this ARC in return for a fair and honest review.
Life onboard a lesbian love boat is romantic, funny and an opportunity for the women to relax. The characters are able to be themselves, to show affection freely. Even when under extreme pressure we get to see the depth of love some of the characters have for each other and there is something truly joyful about that. Love is all that really matters in the end and seeing that portrayed in this book left me a very happy reader.
I was given this ARC by Netgalley to review.