Book Review – Vacation Tails by Deanna Wadsworth

Pride of the Caribbean #2
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 288
Characters: Jeremiah/Skip
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal, Series

When the full moon rises, your soul will become complete…

Those are the words ominously whispered to Jeremiah Singleton his first day aboard the Pride of the Caribbean—an enchanted cruise ship where paranormals hide in plain sight.

Jeremiah leads a quiet life running an aquarium store. Stepping out of his shell to attend his sister’s wedding aboard the Pride, Jeremiah is delightfully surprised to find himself in a whirlwind romance with a handsome blue-eyed school teacher.

Skip Weaver has always been lucky, so it was no shock when he won a cruise. The one thing Skip hasn’t had any luck with though is love. But his streak of bad luck with love could finally be over when he meets Jeremiah.

However, nothing aboard the Pride is ever that simple.

Ancient legends, untapped magic, secrets from the past, and dangerous stalkers are on the itinerary for this tropical getaway. Both men are about to get the surprise of their lives, and all of it might be too much for their shipboard romance to survive.

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I enjoyed this fun sweet paranormal story. Jeremiah and Skip are both likeable characters, and I loved how the mysterious words spoken to Jeremiah at the beginning of the story play out. The set up for the series is a brilliant idea, and I’ll be looking out for more by this author.

I loved the world building, especially the idea of a cruise ship run by supernaturals. Although I guessed what was going on with Jeremiah, I liked how the story unfolded, with hints to his past and quirks. I liked how Jeremiah took a while to figure out how to come to terms with his new abilities and control them. Aleek is sweet, and has been through a lot. I hope he gets his own HEA in a future book, although I’m wondering if he already has. I really liked the idea of a language barrier, and thought it made a lot of sense.

I liked how both Jeremiah and Skip have had their share of sadness and mistakes on the road to love. Jeremiah’s memories of Eddy are bittersweet, and I liked how the problem of David was dealt with.

The supporting cast are great. I need to read Josh and Nathan’s story now. If you’re not into spoilers I would recommend reading the series in order, but I’m very happy to read out of order as, although there are references to their story, this is Jeremiah and Skip’s so the focus is on them. I liked how everyone connects through Jeremiah’s sister’s wedding, and how Josh supports Skip when he finds out the truth, and is learning to deal with it. I thought Skip’s reaction was realistic, as was his fear that Jeremiah might embrace his new reality and forget about him. Jeremiah’s family are a lot of fun, and I liked how close, supportive, and welcoming they are.

I want to know more about the crew! Although they’re not MCs in this, they come across and rich and layered characters with their own stories, which I’d love to read.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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