What do you imagine when you hear ‘cruise ship vacation’ or ‘Caribbean Cruise’? I know what I imagine. But what if the one doing the imagining is a thirty something single guy with his top vacation priority being to find a bevy of hot-bodied females who are willing and easy? Then again, I think Dean would have a different opinion about cruises after the one he took in this story.
In this satire on romance from a guy’s perspective, the story began with Dean in a travel agency trying to decide on where he wants to go and what he wants to do for his long awaited, much needed vacation. The big criteria is beautiful girls. After sifting through a few suggestions from the agent, he settles on a Caribbean cruise- economy class.
What Dean goes through just to get to his ship earns him a whole separate vacay between the socially inept advice-giving brother and the nightmare fellow passengers he’s sandwiched between on the plane (sometimes I think travel businesses like airlines and cruise lines should come with more than just the list of what not to bring, but serious proceed-at-your-own-risk warnings). Dean survives until his arrival at the ship to find out- horror of horrors- he’s surrounded by seniors with not a young curvaceous body in sight. Oh and the pitfalls of assigned seating in the dining rooms? Yeah, that was a hoot! But finally Dean spots his dream gal and it looks like he’s in for some smooth sailing- um, well. I’ll remain silent on that so I don’t spoil the fun for others.
Now what did I think about Dean’s story?
First of all, let me say that if you like edgier wit from a first person male perspective then you’re in for a treat. Jaye does seem to have the ability to get into Dean’s head and make it sound authentic. Naturally as a romantic minded female, I looked askance at his priority list for the ideal ship-board companion and that was just another clue that Jaye got it right.
I also want to point out and reiterate something I mentioned before because I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea about the feel of the story because it took me by surprise and I had to adjust so I could enjoy after making a slight shift in my thinking. This is a satire on romance or loosely a romantic comedy not a contemporary romance. It is a shorter work and there is not a lot of space for much to develop. It has an abrupt open ending leaving room for further adventures with Dean. I would have preferred to have a few more chapters to give some closure after the tough lesson Dean had to learn, but that’s just me.
Dean himself is a paradox and it was refreshing to read a story where the hero is just an average guy. He has a certain mindset about what will bring him his happily ever after and builds up big fantasies that grown even bigger when he has an actual woman in mind. He wants an instant shipboard romance, but he also imagines forever with just a first glimpse. I kinda felt sorry for him as one thing after another came along. I feel bad about laughing at several of his mishaps (okay only just a little because he was a little harsh on others too) and I groaned when he was too trusting. Live and learn, Dean!
This was an entertaining read about the misadventures of a single guy on a cruise from an amusing first person male perspective that could be read in one sitting.