New Release with Review: Below Deck by Tara Sivec

March 7, 2017

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?


⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I feel like going on a vacation right now. You know that sense of peace you feel just knowing you can relax and not worry about anything for a while? That’s what I felt when I was reading this book. I practically heard the waves lapping at each other, I tasted the flavorful food, I got drunk off the island rum, and the sand between my toes was the best relaxation that I ever got in my imaginary vision of being on an Island.

Declan McGillis can’t stand rich people. They’re higher than thou superior pisses him off to the point of no return and knowing he has to deal with them everyday, makes him more antsy. But when you’re Boson working for a Charter Yacht Club, the rich are now part of your work circle. Having set specific moral rules for himself that includes not screwing the passengers, is what Declan thrives on and knowing that he’s not a rule breaker, has him feeling pretty confident. But you know what they say about rules: they’re meant to be broken. Especially with a tempting blue eyed brunette. 

There are a lot of rules in yachting, but nothing more sacred than the Holy trinity- never go anywhere without your radio, never shit where you eat, and never, ever cross the line with a guest. 

Mackenzie Armstrong is not too happy to be spending an entire week with her new Stepmother and sister on a luxury yacht. Getting a root canal? Sure. Being stuck in an elevator by yourself? Absolutely. Having to conversate and be in their presence practically 24/7? Hell. No. But Mackenzie loves her father and being a part of the family trip would mean the world to him so along with her best friend, she agrees to one hell of a week sailing the paradise islands. What could possibly go wrong on this trip? Falling for someone that doesn’t like rich people that’s what. 
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“I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge, and Declan Mcgillis just moved to the top of my to-do list.. 

A lot can happen when you’re away for ten days but for Declan and Mackenzie, their ten days were filled with arguments, miscommunication, passion, heart felt stories, broken promises and an unexpected love. Declan was the type of character that at first glance you couldn’t help but feel a kindred bond towards him and even though I hated some of his actions, I understood him as a person. Now don’t get me wrong, I wanted to throw him off deck a bunch times because that man certainly tested me but I think all of those things shaped him. 

I adored Mackenzie and I loved the fact that this girl never kept her mouth shut. If she felt like she was being disrespected, she’s going to let you know and I love when I come across a heroine like that. This was a quick and relaxing story that made me laugh and feel like I took a mini vacation with the entire gang and knowing that my yacht has now docked,, I don’t want to leave. 

If you’re looking for sexy read with a touch of forbidden, then this one is for you guys. 


“Feminists all over the world would be hanging their heads in shame at me right now, wouldn’t they? I’m weak and pathetic and easily forgiving of asshole behavior,” I complain to Brooke, leaning against the doorframe of our bathroom while I watch her apply make-up. “Tell me I’m weak and pathetic.”
Brooke sighs, pulling her face away from the mirror and lowering the mascara wand from her eye to stare at me in the reflection.
“I will do no such thing. You aren’t weak and pathetic. And you aren’t easily forgiving, either. You stuck to your guns and made him feel like a jerk. What you are, is easily distracted by a pretty face and a magic dick,” she informs me, turning around to lean against the sink.
“You’re right,” I whisper, my eyes widening with this sudden discovery. “I’ve always rolled my eyes at women in books who keep going back to the same asshole over and over again. It’s because of the magic dick. And now I get it.”
“The fucking magic dick,” Brooke agrees with a nod.
“But seriously, this doesn’t make me weak and pathetic that I forgave him so easily and basically threw my vagina at him in a challenge?” I ask as she turns back to face the mirror and finish applying her mascara.
“He explained why he did what he did. He was an assuming asshole, but he still realized he was wrong and fixed it. You accepted his apology and admitted you’re still in need of a good dicking, and he’s the closest available dick to give you said dicking. I see nothing wrong with that,” she shrugs.
“That was a lot of dicks in one sentence.”
“There are a lot of dicks on this boat. You think you’ve got problems? Ben is the best sex I’ve ever had and he’s a man-whore,” she complains, shoving her mascara tube back into her make-up bag and grabbing her bottle of perfume from the counter.

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards for 2014.
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.
Tara loves tackling new genres so there’s something for everyone! Currently, she has books in the following categories:
Romantic Comedy
Romantic Suspense
Erotic Romantic Suspense
Romantic Mystery/Comedy
Contemporary Romance
Psychological Thriller
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