Below Deck by Tara Sivec #mf #review @tarasivec

Declan McGillis can’t stand rich people. But working as a deckhand on a luxury charter yacht, he also can’t escape them. Declan has spent years kissing their ass and doing their bidding…whatever it takes to make his dreams come true, and nothing will get in his way of being the captain of his own yacht one day.

Mackenzie Armstrong knows what people think when they look at her. She knows from the outside looking in, it seems like her family has it all and doesn’t have a care in the world. Things aren’t always what they seem, and not only does Mackenzie have the weight of her family’s struggles on her shoulders, she also needs to prove to Declan that she’s not the spoiled princess he believes her to be.

Declan can’t ignore the sparks of lust between them, even though Mackenzie is completely off limits and absolutely out of his league.

Mackenzie thinks a vacation fling is just what she needs to forget about the mess her life has become, and Declan is the perfect man for the job.

Will this be a quick romp in the water, or will it turn into something more when Mackenzie finally gets below Deck?

Tara Sivec has never disappointed me when it comes to books that make me snort and laugh inappropriately in public. I mean, there are funny books and then there are books that make you laugh so hard that you have trouble explaining to people both in the moment and later what was so funny about it. Needless to say, this book follows that proud tradition.

Declan doesn’t like rich people, but depends on them for his livelihood since he works aboard a luxury yacht. He’s never really had a problem turning not getting involved with a guest – until Mackenzie. She’s stuck on the yacht with her dad, his new wife (total bitch) and her lovely new step-sister (also a bitch). Her best friend Brooke is there to make sure Mackenzie doesn’t throw any of her new family members overboard.

Mackenzie and Declan are attracted to each other, and while he tries to fight it, they eventually give in. The problem comes when feeling start to grow and things that seemed impossible before don’t look so impossible now. Is their fling just a fling, or could it be more?

Declan was tough. I mean, he has his redeeming qualities for sure, but he’s also really moody and incredibly insecure. One minute he’s into it, the next he’s not – he’s super indecisive and it just got to a point where I wanted to slap him around a little bit. Mackenzie I really liked, though. She was a great character that was easy to connect with, and it made me feel even more annoyance for Declan because I was all like “Dude, if you don’t grab that for good, you are dumb!”

In the end, even with Declan’s many annoying characteristics, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The yacht, the tropics, and the minor characters that made me literally LOL – reading this book made me feel like I was on vacation with this crazy group of people too. It was angsty, romantic, funny, and different from other books in recent memory. So, I totally recommend it for a good time that will make you laugh and satisfy your drama quotient. 4 stars!