Review: NautiCal by Lucy Lennox (Forever Wilde #8)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.

Is it weird that we've reached the end of the Forever Wilde series (for now...maybe), and I've only read the last three novels?! Okay, maybe more sad than weird, but now that I have Kindle Unlimited (trying this for three months and then deciding to continuing my subscription has been one of my best decisions this year), I'm going to rectifying that embarrassing lapse of mine. While NautiCal may be read as a standalone, and it does pretty much stand well enough on its own, the fact that this series is about members of the Wilde clan, it does have a more elevated feel when you're familiar with the other couples and individuals who are recurring characters.

NautiCal is the eighth full-length Forever Wilde book, and Lucy Lennox brings readers the story of twenty-three-year-old Calgary Wilde, a young man with a business degree but who's true love is sailing and the water. When Cal is invited by a man he meets at a club for a hook-up on his yacht, The Worthington, the additional enticement of possibly being considered for the job of chief mate has him eagerly agreeing. The sudden arrival of the actual owner, who turns out to be the soon-to-be brother-in-law of the man Cal hooked up with, was like being doused with cold water, but forty-two-year-old Jonathan Worthington comes up with a plan--one that requires Cal's participation. Worth would love nothing more than to catch his brother's cheating fiance in the act; what better way than to dangle the living, breathing, irresistible temptation that is Cal? The question is: Will Worth be able to resist Cal?

With Cal and Worth's story, Lucy Lennox has taken a May-December story line and given it her own creative touch. It's got as much humor as it does heart and heat and a pinch of angst to take things up a notch. The underlying story line of the importance of home and family is what makes this series memorable and a favorite with many M/M romance readers. Lennox's writing is fantastic as always, giving fans and readers settings and backdrops that make us wish we were there--whether it be in the Caribbean or Hobie, Texas--and main characters to fall in love with. I adored the banter between Cal and Worth as much as I did the far more serious conversations they shared, as well as their interactions with the supporting and recurring characters. Simply put, I loved every single thing about NautiCal. Five stars.

Release Date: 17 August 2020

Date Read: 16 August 2020

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