Erryn reviews ‘NautiCal’ (A Forever Wilde Novel) by Lucy Lennox. The ebook was published August 17, 2020, 286 pages. The audiobook was released on September 8, 2020, is 8hrs and 6mins and is narrated by Michael Dean. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I adore this series.
I didn’t mean to stow away on the yacht, I swear.
My first mistake was going home with the jerk at the bar, but in my defense, Prescott said he owned the Worthington – 90 feet of sleek, yachty perfection – and if I could get the chief mate’s job, I’d have an excuse to stay on board and keep avoiding my family and my future.
How was I supposed to know he was the owner’s cheating, gold-digging almost brother-in-law, or that I’d end up stuffed in a closet when the ship left the harbor?
When the real owner finds me and offers me a different job – being his fake boyfriend on a cruise through the British Virgin Islands to tempt Prescott to reveal his cheating ways – that’s when I make my second mistake: I agree.
Turns out, Jonathan Worthington isn’t just a billionaire, he’s funny and generous and a little bit of a control freak. He’s also six feet of sleek, gorgeous silver fox perfection, and suddenly, it’s not just his yacht I’m lusting over.
Worth thinks I’m way too young and flighty for anything more serious than spending the week in his bed…but if you believe we won’t fall in love before the cruise is over, I have a yacht in the Caribbean to sell you.
Every time Lucy Lennox comes back to Hobie, Texas, I get a thrill. This is the eighth Wilde book and although it takes place in the Caribbean, it’s all about the Texas.
Calgary Wilde is quite a character. He’s been making his way through the islands in various capacities – teaching sailing, captaining boats, demonstrating deep sea diving. When he comes across the yacht the Worthington, he thinks he’s struck gold. The owner wants him to sign on to the crew and Cal’s thrilled. The guy also wants a hot night of sex and Cal’s all for that as well. Until he winds up locked in a closet without his clothes or a cellphone. When the boat gets underway, he’s a little panicked.
Have no fear, there’s a gorgeous silver fox there to rescue him. Well, first Jonathan Worthington gets a little annoyed at finding a stowaway in his closet. Worth, as he’s known, is all business. But he’s come down to the Caribbean to celebrate the engagement of his younger brother, Lucas. Their sister and her friends are there and it’s almost more happiness than he can handle. Quite frankly, he’s just as happy to hang out in his state room and work on the deal he’s been cooking up. All business and no play.
Cal calls Worth, “Jon” and it warms something inside Jonathan. He takes to the much younger man. Now, Jon wants to prove that his brother’s fiancé Prescott is a snake and Cal is just the person to help him do it. They’ll pretend to be fake boyfriends and Cal will reveal his relationship with the snake (the one-night stand).
All good in planning, but the execution fails – or succeeds – because fake becomes real in a heartbeat and suddenly Jon and Cal are having all kinds of fun. Soon they’re almost forgetting why they got together in the first place. Except Cal’s brother has warned him continuously about rich older men (with good reason) and Jon was burned by a younger man who was really only after him for his money. Can the two men overcome their reservations and find a happy ending? Well, it’s a Lucy book so it’s kind of a sure thing.
What I did wonder was how they were going to overcome their differences. Jon works up in Chicago while Cal’s heart is really in Hobie. Throw in some Doc and Grandpa magic and the book was everything I wanted it to be. Cameos from many of my favorite Hobie residents was also appreciated. Oh, and great to hear from Felix. Whether you’re new to the Wilde series or a returning visitor, this was one great listen.
Speaking of listen, Michael Dean narrates this series and I just love him to pieces. He’s got this family down pat and I couldn’t imagine them any other way.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Lucy Lennox is finally putting good use to that English Lit degree earned way back in the 1990s.
She enjoys naps, pizza, and procrastinating. She has some snarky kids and is married to someone who is better at math than romance but who makes her laugh every single day and is the best dancer in the history of ever.
She stays up way too late each night reading M/M romance because that stuff is hot.