Braden gets suckered into a month long cruise by his parents. Even though he hates water. And is going away for a month. Alone. But apparently the cruise geared toward LGBTQ and his parents paid for it, so he begrudgingly goes.
Once onboard he sees Rafe, the ex boyfriend he left and hasn’t spoken to in 5 years. If you hadn’t read the blurb, you would wonder why they broke up because it takes at least half the book to find out. Rafe is determined to get Braden back and being on a cruise ship together for a month gives them plenty of time.
Braden is a shy, quiet computer guy. He would be fine being by himself the entire cruise. But Rafe is definitely not a shy, quiet guy and kind of bullies Braden into doing different activities with him in order to try to win him back.
This book was long. Or at least seemed long. Too many pages of what they were doing on the ship and their excursions and not nearly enough time on them and their relationship. I honestly skipped pages of description because it was boring. The author makes Rafe out to be this “dommy” kind of guy, but is holding back so as not to scare Braden off. But those dominant tendencies should have been more forthcoming. Saying that he will have a vanilla relationship if that is all he can have isn’t true to someone who really is dominant.
There were quite a few hot and heavy kissing and groping scenes and the sex went from vanilla to Ds rather quickly. It was like a tennis match. I didn’t think Rafe was true to himself, he was trying to change himself too much in order to win back Braden.
There is a super neat and tidy HEA, but getting there was…..meh.
Five years ago, everything went wrong. Braden Kirk and Rafe Jessen’s long-term relationship started unraveling. They stopped talking, fears mounted, then Braden walked in on Rafe and another man, completely misreading the situation. Without giving Rafe a chance to explain, Braden walked out. Out of their home, their relationship, and the game development company they started together in college.
After months of therapy to deal with the attempted rape Braden walked in on, Rafe begins to understand that his dominant tendencies in the bedroom aren’t a bad thing and that Braden’s submission is likely what scared his partner into silence. But Rafe isn’t ready to let go of the man he loves more than life itself. He arranges for himself and Braden to end up on the same charity cruise, knowing Braden won’t let his phobia—terror of vast, deep waters—rule him.
With a plan and twenty-eight days, Rafe is determined to get Braden back, make him see there’s nothing wrong with being submissive, and find a way to get Braden to stay with him when they get home to LA.