The Cockpit (Voyagers book 3) by Ava Olsen

"There is beauty in new beginnings." The Cockpit.

From the blurb:

Rafe: I’ve given up my modeling career to work on the other side of the lens. And touring the coast of Australia on my brother’s yacht is a dream come true for my first gig as a professional photographer. Only, this dream could end up a nightmare since I’m forced to travel with the one man who gets under my skin - Captain George Bernard.
Our animosity isn’t new, and neither is my curiosity about the quiet man who keeps to himself. But on this trip, I make it my mission to put our arguments to rest. Then, the unthinkable happens - I’m falling for the one person I never expected and for the first time in my life.
We both have careers that take us all over the world. Can George and I make long-distance, long-term, or is our shipboard romance just that?

George: As a former British navy officer, and now charter captain, I’ve traveled the globe and always call the sea my home. And at forty-nine, I’ve resigned myself to a life lived alone. Until the irreverent Rafe Carter steps aboard my ship.
Rafe, brother to my boss. A model turned photographer, he’s everything I’m not - outgoing and flirtatious. I’m flustered by the man and his manner, and now the sailing is anything but smooth.
But I pride myself on being diplomatic and I vow that Rafe and I are going to put aside our differences. Only, it’s not as simple as that. As I get to know the man behind the pictures, a different kind of tension builds between us.
The more I know, the harder I fall. A love I’d never thought possible is suddenly the only thing that matters.
Both of us are wanderers, but I know one thing for sure. Rafe is not walking off this ship and out of my life for good.

The Cockpit is an enemies to lovers, age gap, demi rep, MM romance filled with surprising confessions, possessive chemistry, and an HEA that will leave you breathless. This is Book Three of the Voyagers’ series: one superyacht, four love stories that span the globe.

Miki J's Review:

I'll be honest, when reading about these two characters in previous books, I was expecting a bucket load of hate and angst, but the author took it into a totally different direction and I'd have to say that this book turned out to be one of the most sweetest and romantic stories I've read in a long while!!!  

Obviously, we get to know both MC's a lot more - peeling back those layers and assumptions... and then seeing the connection that develops between them... oh swoooon! 

Plenty of feelings - from laughter and tears of joy to heart-stopping fear and all of that in between... and so very spicy!!!  

I truly enjoyed this book and I absolutely love this series!! 

Rating: 5 Stars

Heather's Review:

I had high hopes for drama and fireworks in The Cockpit, and we get them, but not in the ways one would expect and it was a lovely and refreshing turn... while you could read this book as standalone, I think you really need the first two books in the series to lay the background for the enemies to lovers vibe and to understand just how everyone else viewed what was happening between Rafe and George... because I think you'd miss so much just starting with this book...

That being said, I absolutely loved George as a character, with his hopes and fears and I loved that Rafe was confident in who he is now and what he wants for the future... I also appreciated the way these two characters communicated with each other and what they were able to share with each other... as they explored their assumptions and truths with each other...

Rating: 5 Stars

Sheena's Review:

This is the third in the Voyagers series, and it's a little bit of everything.  Grumpy/sunshine, age gap, almost enemies to lovers, one superyacht, a bunch of models enjoying a photoshoot in the Australian islands, lots of sunshine and more romance than I ever thought the grumpy Captain capable of.

I really enjoyed this story, I liked both Rafe and George, but I did wonder how on earth they'd manage to get it together after they got off on such a wrong foot.  While this can be read as a standalone, you would benefit greatly from reading the first two books as you get a little bit of Rafe and George's backstory and there are recurring characters that pop up a lot in this book, more so than in book 2.  

This really is the perfect summer read, it's so full of sunshine, romance, and a good sub-plot with George's ex causing all sorts of trouble.  I loved George and Rafe's story, I couldn't put it down once I started, and had to know how it would all play out.  Highly recommended.

Rating: 5 Stars

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