Title: Private Charter
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: Amazon/Kindle Unlimited
Length: 244 Pages
At a Glance: It’s a rather lovely blend of descriptive prose, flirty and intelligent dialogue, and idyllic moments on the water that make Private Charter such a fluid and enjoyable story to read.
Reviewed By: Sammy
Blurb: Stuart Jenner’s job is high stress, high stakes, and everything he’s strived for. So why, when the apex of his career is within reach, does he stumble? At his doctor’s insistence, he books a privately chartered yacht to sail around the Whitsundays for two weeks of sun, surf, and sex. When his friend-with-benefits bails on him at the last minute, Stuart decides to go alone.
Foster Knight left the rat race behind six years ago, bought a yacht, and now calls the Great Barrier Reef his home. Sailing tourists around tropical waters is all in a day’s work, and he’s never been happier. When his next client arrives alone, the two-week charter will be the most private job he’s ever had.
Foster can see how stressed and exhausted Stuart is, and he promises him extensive rest and relaxation. Stuart slowly realises his original plan for two weeks of sun, surf, and sex might not be lost yet. Confined to a yacht, isolated by aqua-coloured oceans and the sweltering sun, Stuart and Foster are about to find out just how hot the tropics can get.
Review: Private Charter by N.R. Walker is one of those romances that exists solely to make you happy. With little angst, lots of hot sexual tension and a beautiful setting, there is little not to like about this novel. I would label this as the perfect beach read simply because the story is so engaging that you can devour it in one setting if you feel so inclined.
Stuart needs a break from the high powered job that is eating him alive. Teetering on the edge of exhaustion, complete with panic attacks, he books a two week cruise on a private yacht, hoping to relax, have tons of sex, and enjoy the sun. When his latest boy toy bails on him at the last minute, he decides to go it alone and is immediately happy he did. Meeting the captain of the ship, Foster Knight, has not only turned out to tick all of Stuart’s sexual fantasies, but the fact that the guy can hold his own, intellectually, doesn’t hurt either. In fact, when Stuart learns that Foster was much like himself, but chose to walk away from it all, Stuart’s rather intrigued by how the guy has managed to do so and keep his sanity and seem happier to boot.
As sexual tension and flirting turns to something more between Stuart and Foster, Stuart grapples with how content Foster seems to be, and how easy it would be to just walk away from the rat race that is threatening to kill him. But Stuart can’t bring himself to let go, and that means leaving the idyllic existence he’s enjoyed the last two weeks. It also means hurting the man he’s come to look at as something more than just a simple vacation fling.
Having been to parts of Australia, I can attest to the fact that it is a beautiful country, and N.R. Walker certainly does her home justice in her latest novel. Between the beautiful panorama and the deliciously sensual romance, Private Charter turned out to be one of those perfect reads—just enough of everything, including two interesting characters, their sexy flirtation-turned-steamy romance, and the nagging reality that this story could not end well at all. The author established immediately her main character’s need for control; after all, without that peace of mind, Stuart would unravel completely rather than the once or twice we see him do. While there is a cutthroat quality to him, we are also privy to the fact that Stuart has lost the sense of fulfillment that his fast paced job once held; hence, his need to get away from it all.
I will tell you that the chemistry is undeniable between Foster and Stuart. I attribute the fantastic writing skills this author has for keeping what is a rather limited action story both fresh and compelling enough to keep a reader fully engaged. Yes, there is a bit of a fairy tale-like ending to the novel, but again, it just seems to fit and you find yourself doing a little fist pump in the air when Foster makes his move. But, in the end, it’s really the scenic beauty that is described in this novel and the way in which both men so thoroughly enjoy their time on the sea that captures your imagination. It’s a rather lovely blend of descriptive prose, flirty and intelligent dialogue, and idyllic moments on the water that make Private Charter such a fluid and enjoyable story to read.
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