Television producer Natasha Ward has come up with a new idea for a reality show that will rock the nation. Citing the statistics for black male to black female ratio to her superiors, she suggests having five fantastic black women and ten men of all races, with impeccable financial, social and educational backgrounds, on a Caribbean cruise for 10 weeks. The women would decide every week which man is voted off for not living up to their standards of the perfect man. At the end of the cruise, the remaining man would chose which of the five women he would like to spend his life with.
Trouble brews before the show even begins when a fantastic brother, Tyrell Ramsey, catches Natasha's eye during the selection period. Tyrell has auditioned because he could use the $25,000 he will receive if he is selected to enhance his budding record company. Natasha, who has become irritable and bored with the process of interviewing arrogant men, is floored when Tyrell subtly shows his attraction for her.
With the romantic settings, sexy music and hot bodies, everything that can go wrong, does. From the very beginning, these superb specimens of the human race show preferences. This is not supposed to happen and they are certainly not supposed to pair off because any sexual impropriety means automatic expulsion. Natasha and her crew are inundated with out-of-control lovers and angry people who feel rejected when their love interest shows interest in someone else. To top things off, Natasha has her own issues as the attraction she and Tyrell feel grows.
Esdaile has written an exquisite romance about love on the high seas. She is a master at ferreting out human strengths and frailties. Her characters ring true and behave in the manner of everyday people everywhere. She has taken a television reality show and made it far more real than any we see on local stations. I would not hesitate to recommend this book for those who love a romantic story with a twist.
Reviewed by alice Holman
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers