Friday, 23 March 2018

Book Review: Out of the Ocean by Lynn Michaels

Length: 26,500 words approx.

Cover Design: Decorous Anarchy Studios


Cal Bigsby spent his life working the fishing boats and ignoring who he really is and what he needs to be happy.

Prescott ‘Scott’ Vandenburton is being primed to take over Daddy’s company, but he craves a life of his own. His only escape is sailing his yacht.

When a freak storm hits, both are forced to think about life from a whole new perspective.

Shipwrecked, fighting for their lives, and finding unexpected love.

REVIEW: 4 Stars

Cal has had to hide his orientation for years. Months spent at sea aboard fishing boats are not the place to announce you're gay. His shipmates are all rugged, manly men and Cal has to pretend to fit in, but he'd never liked women that way. He's never really had a real relationship, just assignations with men like him. Shipwrecked close to his 50th birthday, he wonders if this is the end and if he will die having never found love.

Scott has been to the best boarding schools and universities and his father is grooming him to take over the reins on the family business, but Scott hates it. Hates that his father wants Scott as a clone of him: to run the business like him, to marry who his father wants him to marry, to live the same life his father did. Scott rebelled and went sailing on his yacht when he was caught in the same storm as Cal.

I don't know how big the odds were of Cal's raft finding Scott in the middle of that ocean, but it must be astronomical.

There is a bit of insta-lust when they first meet, which wasn't so strange, but the fact that they wanted to do something about it seemed odd to me. Here they are, no food, wondering if they'll ever get rescued and they want to have sex? Maybe it was the near-death thing and they just wanted to feel alive.

The book is very well-written, good descriptions of the storm and a good grasp of the characters. Cal and Scott bond almost instantly, probably because they've both suffered the same trauma of the storm and ship-wreck.

It's a short book, but there is a full story here and I wanted to read on. There's tension and angst and you're never quite sure whether or not there'll be a happy ending, but the pages just flew by.

And no, I won't spoil the ending, just read and find out. :)

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Author Bio

Lynn Michaels lives and writes in Tampa, Florida where the sun is hot and the Sangria is cold. Lynn is the newest addition to Rubicon Fiction, and she loves reading and writing about hot men in love. She writes paranormal and contemporary MM Romance

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