Release Date: May 7, 2018
Received From: Review copy from the author
After Andrew Wentz loses his job, his parents take pity and invite him to join them on a Mediterranean cruise. He jumps at the chance, but once he’s aboard, he feels guilty. Shouldn’t he be figuring out what to do with his pathetic life instead of lazing around on a ship?
The cruise was supposed to be Eric Schofield’s honeymoon, but one cheating fiancé later, he’s traveling solo. Fine. He’s been working too much anyway, so a vacation is exactly what the doctor ordered. He’s on a boat with plenty of hot men, and he’s determined to invite as many of them as he can into his stateroom’s king sized bed.
When the two men run into each other—literally—it’s crush at first sight. Now Andrew can’t think of anyone else, and Eric only wants one man in his bed. The sparks fly, and it’s the perfect vacation fling, especially since ten days isn’t nearly enough time to develop feelings.
At least, it’s not supposed to be.
GENDER: transgender, cisgender
ROMANTIC ORIENTATION: homoromantic
TROPES: vacation romance, rebound romance
TAGS: adult, contemporary, romance, erotica, queer romance, queer characters
WARNINGS: cheating mention, ableism, mental illness (anxiety, claustrophobia), transphobia mention
The first in a new series from author L.A. Witt, Adrift is a fun, light romance and a great start to the series!
Andrew has just lost his job and has joined his parents on a cruise around the coast of Italy. Eric is fresh from a breakup and taking the honeymoon cruise he and his fiance were meant to take together, before he discovered his fiance was cheating. The first day on the ship, the two bump into each other–literally!–and from that moment, are intrigued and interested to see what could possibly happen between them in the coming two weeks. And what does come is a sweet, hot romance consisting of loads of sex as well as tender moments and real conversations that lead to them discovering they have a genuine connection. I really liked the way this novel played out. Witt starts off with an insta-lust connection, with both characters willing to take advantage of proximity and sexual attraction to get laid during their trip. But over the course of the novel, the sexual relationship develops into a friendship and they discover they really care about each other and don’t want their time to end. Neither throws out the “I love you”s some may expect, which is a part I enjoyed. Both Andrew and Eric recognize that they possibly have the capacity to fall for the other, but they aren’t there yet at the end of the two weeks and want to further explore what they could have.
The sex scenes were certainly enjoyable; Witt rarely fails to provide good reading material in that area. One thing in particular that I liked about several of the scenes is that neither character skirts around the fact that Eric is trans. They openly, if a tad awkwardly, discuss what Eric does and does not like, and Andrew asks for pointers on how to please Eric, catching on fairly quickly and happily exploring Eric’s body without making a spectacle of him.
The one thing that was a little cringeworthy happened in the early sex scenes. As they’re making out and pressed against each other, the narration in Andrew’s point of view mentions, in two separate scenes, that he notices the difference in genitalia. Both instances are very brief, and are in no way colored by disgust or anything of the like, but the mentions are notable all the same, as it’s not really necessary commentary.
Overall, the story is an enjoyable, quick read!.
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies.
She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…
Visit her website at http://www.gallagherwitt.com/.