I’ve read a few Jayne Rylon books before, but they were all ones that she had co-authored. I really liked them and had always intended to check out the books she’d written solo and now I’ve finally been able to and really enjoyed Going Down. It was a fun, smexy deep diving good time with characters that I want to know more about.
While I can’t say that I totally adored Archer, I still really liked him. He had his hang ups and though some of the things he did, or did not do, had me wanting to shake him but his heart was in the right place. He wanted to do right by those he cared about and even those he didn’t know. He may have run from his past, but he does make up for his transgressions, both real and imagined and does it in such away that you know the sincerity is real.
Waverly I really liked. Like Archer she left her old life behind and reinvented herself on her own terms. She’s worked hard to get to where she is in life and is proud of her accomplishments. Her determination and sass had me rooting for her as did the way that she handled some of the more uncomfortable situations she found herself in and worked that strong yet soft woman thing well.
Archer and Waverly’s relationship was interesting. They have something of a murky past together and it takes a while for all the questions to be answered, but once they are and they decide that they want to see if they can make a go at it, they really have some really sweet, smexy and fun moments together. And I loved how Waverly took the proverbial bull by its horns when Archer wouldn’t.
The writing style was engaging and though I felt the beginning started off a little slow, I was still intrigued to see just how everything would play out. There is a bit of a mystery/suspense component to the story that added some excitement to the story, but I do wish it had played out a little more than it did though the resolution to it was pretty damn satisfying. But what I really loved were the secondary characters. Miguel and Tosin were good fun and I loved seeing how strong their friendships with each other and Archer is. The one aspect I wish we had gotten to see a little more of was why having the on board club on the yacht was so important. It was alluded to, but I'd have liked a little more show about it. Then there is Banks. God, I love that man! Going Deep is a great start to the series and I’m looking forward for what’s coming up next!
~ ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review ~
Three SCUBA instructors, who happen to be sexual dominants, are about to take the ultimate plunge. If you’re extraordinarily lucky, you’ll be invited to join them on The Divemaster, where work and pleasure go hand in hand. Welcome aboard!
Archer Banks relishes his carefree lifestyle. Together with friends and fellow divemasters Miguel Torrez and Tosin Ellis, he travels the world, SCUBA diving by day, entertaining lonely female tourists by night. Until his father dies, instantly transforming Archer from a beach bum to a billionaire by shackling him with an enormous, undesired inheritance.
With the help of his family’s longtime butler, Archer is determined to turn his new golden handcuffs into a golden opportunity. He prays Miguel and Tosin will come along for the ride when he repurposes his family’s mega-yacht into a vessel well-suited for both work and hardcore play.
Never in his worst nightmares does he expect their maiden voyage to be such rough sailing. Not only is Archer’s old crush, Waverly Adams, among their passengers, but the men have also stumbled upon a vast sunken treasure—one worth killing for.
Waverly surprises Archer with an alluring naughtiness he never got the chance to experience in their younger days. Busy accepting the challenge she issues his dominant side in The Divemaster’s onboard club every night, he might be distracted and short on sleep. But could he also be blind to more dangerous facets of her personality?
When the divemasters can no longer deny there’s foul play at hand, will Archer be going down with the ship, cursed by his family’s fortune, or will Waverly turn out to be the woman of his most wicked dreams?
Jayne Rylon is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She received the 2011 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Indie Erotic Romance. Her stories used to begin as daydreams in seemingly endless business meetings, but now she is a full time author, who employs the skills she learned from her straight-laced corporate existence in the business of writing. She lives in Ohio with two cats and her husband, the infamous Mr. Rylon. When she can escape her purple office, she loves to travel the world, avoid speeding tickets in her beloved Sky, and–of course–read.