Monday, 25 April 2016

Book Review - Sailing Solo by Emily Harvale - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #23

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Title: Sailing Solo
Author: Emily Harvale
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Crescent Gate Publishing
Publication Date: 21st July 2013
Rating: 5 Stars

Love isn’t always plain sailing. 

Willa Daventry knows what she wants. She’s thirty-two, single and determined to make her singles sailing holidays a successful part of her family’s travel business. 

She doesn’t usually mix business with pleasure but the attentions of three handsome men under the blazing Greek sun are enough to turn any girl’s head. Should she keep things professional, or risk a little flirting and get what she wants into the bargain? 

She needs to negotiate a new deal with Greek hotel owner, Aristaios Nikolades. Advertising executive, Harry ‘Banner’ Bullen’s skills could prove useful, and a five-star review from award-winning, travel writer, Mark Thornton would be a dream come true. 

Unbeknown to Willa, the three men make a drunken wager to see which of them can get a date with her. Aristaios and Harry don’t play fair but Mark is determined to win. He’ll have to keep sex-mad Pilates instructor, Blossom Appleyard and divorcĂ©e, Suki Thane at bay though, if he is to stand a chance of sailing off into the sunset with Willa. 

When Willa learns of the bet will she decide to play the men at their own game and teach them a lesson they won’t forget, or … will she just feel she’s better off sailing solo?

Well I'm single, I love Greece, holidays and sexy men, and I don't mind sitting on a boat while someone sails, so a Sailing Solo holiday would be a fantastic fit for me. Based on what I was reading I would have loved every second of my trip, had I really gone on one of these holidays. 

Willa runs the singles sailing holidays and wants to make it a successful part of her family business, despite her father not letting her forget an incident from her first summer season when she was 18 years old. She generally won't mix business and pleasure, unlike her good friend and colleague Blossom. 

However this is the summer where things change, and within the first week of the season, there are three men all so determined to date Willa, that they make a bet. Needless to say it isn't exactly all fun and games for Willa, although it is for the reader, as we see the men compete for her attentions. 

I had strong feelings towards one of the men right from the start, and there is a clear connection between them even if they are both determined to mask their true feelings with large amounts of witty banter. There are a lot of laughs to be had in Sailing Solo, and I definitely felt transported to the coast of mainland Greece. 

There is great Greek food, lovely scenery and sexy greek men, in addition to the other fantastic looking men. Although there isn't a whole deal of sex in the story, there is a large amount of suggestion, and flirting.  I felt utterly transported to the scene of these singles holidays including the magnificent hotel that was being used as a base, and the writing was very descriptive and a joy to read. 

This is another superb book by the very talented Emily Harvale and I loved every minute of it. 

Thank you so much to those of you who voted for Sailing Solo to win. I honestly thought when the choices came up last week that the Freya North would probably win, possibly by a landslide, so I'm very impressed that this was the winner. Incredibly enjoyable book, and please if you take part again this week, see if you can pick something I will enjoy just as much (or not if you are feeling mean!). 


  1. Thank you so much for this fabulous review, Rachel, and thank you to everyone who voted for my book - it was a lovely surprise. I loved writing Sailing Solo and I'm thrilled that you loved reading it. xx

  2. We would never be mean to you, Rachel. You're a supportive little superstar! Excellent review, Emily. Well done you! I must say I do love the title of this book. Perfect! Thanks for sharing, lovely. :) xx


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