James Hyde, a con man who makes his
living fleecing others, needs to find fresher pastures. His
voyage on the Titanic as a first-class passenger has
the dual purpose of getting him away from the police and
allowing him to find a new victim. Onboard the ship, he
finds himself in need of a hiding place and rushes into the
first cabin he finds. The man inside helps him hide from
the police, and also intrigues himÖ
Will Woods is journeying back to
America after his fatherís death, accompanied by his mother
and his fiancťe. His duty presses down on him, stifling
him. Then he meets a strange, fascinating man. He starts
to want things he knows he has no business wanting.
Social position, duty, society, and a
danger they arenít aware of stand between James and Will.
Can their love survive the obstacles they face?
I was very excited to read Ship of Dreams.
The tragic story of the Titanic is well-known, and
the idea of a gay love story set to that backdrop really
appealed to me. When I first started reading Ship of
Dreams, I wasnít sure I was going to like it. Con
man James and duty-bound, engaged Will didnít seem terribly
sympathetic at first. I loved the details about the ship,
and the cast of secondary characters was interesting, but it
took me a while to get into the main storyline. Once Will
began to face up to his feelings and James started showing
his inner self a bit, I warmed up to them both. There were
several hot encounters between them, and lots of internal
and external conflict. By the time the climax of the story
came, I was fully invested in the story and quite moved at
several points. I will definitely be watching for Reilly
Ryanís next work.