Ari McKay – Caribbean Blues


Author: Ari McKay
Reviewed by: Mandy
Torquere Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13:

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary: When Jon Lawson’s ex dumps him just before a romantic vacation to the Bahamas, Jon decides to go it alone in order to prove he’s not as boring as his ex claims he is. Once there, he meets marine biologist Derrick Mason, who seduces him into a passionate  vacation affair and teaches Jon about more than just the dolphins that brought them together. But when Derrick offers his heart, can Jon put aside safety and security to take a leap of faith that will change his life forever?

Review: Jon’s ex and family have messed with his self esteem and made him feel like he is boring, in a rut and nothing special. So when his plan to revive his relationship with Greg with a vacation in the Bahamas ends with Jon there by himself, he has hit a new all time low.

But he is not letting that stop him from his life long dream of swimming with Dolphins. He had an experience with them when he was eight and it has stayed with him and nurtured his fascination for them. He is a biology teacher, his dream of studying Marine biology was shot down as impractical by his family, but here he will finally get to be up close to these amazing animals.

Derrick Mason is a marine biologist, he lives and works on the island and does the

dolphin ‘meet and greet’.  Derrick is not only a very nice man, but also a yummy good looking guy and Jon feels a bit inferior next to the fit, tanned and handsome Derrick.

My favorite part of this book was how Jon experienced his time with the dolphins. I admit I have a soft spot for these fascinating mammals and was jealous of Jon’s experience. Swimming with them and getting that close must be a wonderful treat.

Jon’s new friend ‘Scrooge’ is a normally very reserved dolphin but took a liking to Jon and I loved the interaction with him and all the dolphins. After hours together with Derrick and the dolphins, Derrick surprises Jon with an invitation to dinner and they hit it off, they have a lot in common and definite attraction. The week works miracles for Jon’s self confidence and goes by way too fast.

The story is told from Jon’s POV, but the day Jon is set to leave, Derrick shares his feelings and asks Jon for more.

Jon has years of conditioning behind him, of the fear of ‘what if’,of what others will say, what if it doesn’t work out ? His safety and schedule are thrown for a loop when Derrick really puts his feelings out there. I wish Jon had been able to make his decision all onhis own, but I guess I can understand that he needs a push from someone he trusts to want the best for him.

I really wanted him to break out of his rut and grab life and see and think about himself and his needs and wishes, he did seem stuck, but mostly in unhappy relationships, I kept wondering why he kept falling for the same kind of guys and didn’t rebel against his parents. I enjoyed this short, it’s a fast, happy story set in a beautiful place with the dolphins adding in an extra element to a story that had a couple with an instant attraction that developed into love quickly.  Did I want a little more? I sure did, I would have loved more of their week together and may be a peak of what the future holds for them and of course a little more of those delightful dolphins.

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