Lighter than anything I’ve read by Karina Halle but still very much her style, this is great escapism with a slow burn that turns scorching, some humor, a touch of suspense, and a grumbly hero that I just wanted more of. I loved Halle’s inclusion of a few nods to the current situation in the world – some forced proximity, reassessment of what’s important in life, and the reliance on basic items – without focusing on anything too heavy for long. While I do think that this lacks a little bit of Halle’s typical polish and the details of the boating plot overtook the romance at times, I still devoured this in one sitting and enjoyed it from page one.
The story follows Daisy, a woman who gives off the impression that she’s got the perfect life… until things start to unravel for her. She gets laid off, finds out her boyfriend is cheating, and then has to travel to New Zealand for her estranged sister’s wedding alone. While there, she clashes with the grouchy best man, who thinks she’s a bit of a princess and doesn’t appreciate all that she has. Tai and Daisy continue to butt heads as they find themselves on a 10-day boating expedition with the newlyweds – and the whole dynamic changes once things start to get a little too real.
This straddled the line between 4 and 5 stars for me – Halle is a talented writer, so her work is always top notch, but I do feel like there were a few things that could’ve been explored further. While I liked Tai a lot, we really don’t get to know him well – not only is he extremely guarded, but his backstory doesn’t come into focus until later on, and then it only scratched the surface. There were threads that were never touched upon – his scarred knuckles, his tattoo, his past relationship… there were just things that I thought we’d find out about and never really did. Some of the technical elements also took away from the romance, making it difficult to feel the chemistry at times. Essentially, my only real complaint is that I wanted MORE – more of Tai, more chemistry-filled moments, more tenderness in the steamy scenes. It’s still a very solid read and any complaints that I have are minor, but I definitely do have a few. If you’re looking for a sexy slow burn that will hold your interest, then this will certainly satisfy. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC and am voluntarily leaving a review of this tropical romance.
From New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle comes a sexy new standalone romantic comedy about getting stuck on a deserted island with a man you hate to love and love to hate.
Daisy Lewis is experiencing a relentless string of bad luck.
Fortunately, Daisy has her sister’s destination wedding coming up. A week of sand, sea, and sun in the South Pacific as the maid-of-honor is exactly what Daisy needs to forget her upturned life and focus on the positive.
That is until Daisy meets the best man.
If you take tall, dark, and handsome, and add a dash of rugged, a pinch of brooding, and a whole lot of sexy, you’ve got Tai Wakefield. Unfortunately he’s also a major grump, total alpha, and seemingly out to antagonize Daisy at every turn.
As if being part of the wedding party with Tai wasn’t bad enough, Daisy’s bad luck soon resurfaces when she ends up on a cramped sailboat with Tai and the newlyweds.
Which then shipwrecks on a deserted island near Fiji.
Okay, so they aren’t completely alone. There’s an oddball research scientist who has been isolated for far too long, they have rundown bungalows as shelter, stores of water and canned food, plus a feral goat named Wilson. It’s Lost…without the smoke monster.
But with rescue weeks away, Tai and Daisy realize the only way they’re going to get through this mess is to stop fighting and start working together.
And with their guards down, they get closer.
A lot closer.
Soon, Daisy realizes that the only thing worse than being stuck on a deserted island, is being stuck on a deserted island with a man she hates to love and loves to hate.
A man that can break her heart.
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Karina Halle is a former travel writer, music journalist & screenwriter, and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling author of over 55 bestselling novels, ranging from horror and suspense to contemporary romance. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband, and her adopted pitbull Bruce, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster, Hachette & Montlake. Her work has been translated and published in 20 languages.
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