Publisher: Metal Blonde Books
Release date: November 16th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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They say when life closes one door, another one opens.This door happens to lead to paradise.And a man I can never, ever have.
Still grieving the loss of her sister who died two years ago, the last thing Veronica "Ronnie" Locke needed was to lose her job at one of Chicago’s finest restaurants and have to move back in with her parents. So when a window of opportunity opens for her – running a kitchen at a small Hawaiian hotel – she’d be crazy not to take it.
The only problem is, the man running the hotel drives her crazy:Logan Shephard.It doesn’t matter that he’s got dark brown eyes, a tall, muscular build that’s sculpted from daily surfing sessions, and a deep Australian accent that makes your toes curl.What does matter is that he’s a grump.Kind of an asshole, too.And gets under Ronnie’s skin like no one else.
But the more time Ronnie spends on the island of Kauai, falling in love with the lush land and its carefree lifestyle, the closer she gets to Logan. And the closer she gets to Logan, the more she realizes she may have pegged him all wrong. Maybe it’s the hot, steamy jungles or the invigorating ocean air, but soon their relationship becomes utterly intoxicating.
There’s just one major catch.
The two of them together would incite a scandal neither Ronnie, nor her family, would ever recover from.
Forbidden, Illicit, off-limits – sometimes the heat is worth surrendering to, even if you get burned.
Note: this is a standalone novel, unrelated to any previous books. It does NOT contain cheating of any kind.
The Faerie Queen’s review
Have you ever procrastinated a review for so long that when you finally come to write it, it’s eight months later and you’re like damn. Yes, it’s been a while, but I’m going to spin this in my favour. You see, this way you’ll know what the really memorable aspects were, and not just my giddy feelings right after finishing.
Ok, so what do I remember the most? WELL. This book was hot as hell. Sexual tension and rough sex abound. Yes, rough and dominating and woah. Yeah, there’s a plot, but it revolves around two people who shouldn’t be together but who can’t help but need each other, at least in the physical sense.
Why shouldn’t they be together? Because Logan and Ronnie have a past. Logan married Ronnie’s perfect sister, started a hotel with her in Hawaii, and then lost her in a car accident. It’s weird that they’re in-laws, and the world won’t understand if they have a relationship. Well, more so Ronnie’s terrible mother. View Spoiler » There was a reveal that made the relationship a bit more ok, because things weren’t exactly perfect with the sister. « Hide Spoiler All very complicated.
Logan was your typical alpha male. Gruff, dominating, and a man of few words, he made up for his prickliness with intense caring for his hotel and its staff. And possibly also the Australian accent. I don’t think I could put up with Logan myself, but I could buy into his chemistry with Ronnie FO SHO.
Ronnie was the perfect match for Logan, testing him, pushing him, not letting him get away with anything. However, that backbone disappeared when dealing with her politician mother who valued appearances over all else. I could understand that, as frustrating as it was.
I can also remember how much wanderlust this book inspired. I’ve never been to Hawaii, and the way Karina described it really made me wish I could afford a nice, long, relaxing holiday there, especially on Kauai, the “Garden Isle”. The only issue is the amount of seafood they eat, but that’s ok. I’ll just fill up on cocktails.
Last thing to mention is that the other characters were great. There was such a family feel to everyone who worked at the hotel.
You can definitely say this one left a hot, sweaty, sexy impression.
I would recommend this book to…
…anyone who likes forbidden romances, dominating heroes, spunky heroines, and lush settings.