It’s the pacing that brings this otherwise light and steamy book down. While the relationship is 100% instalove, the book is REALLY long, and there are plenty of parts that drag. These two get serious quickly, so much of the story feels like unnecessary filler. I loved the connection between them and the low angst feel, but that was secondary to my boredom. It’s also not quite the standalone that you’d expect, considering this is a series starter. There are appearances by characters from AT LEAST three other series, and that certainly doesn’t help matters. So, while I actually enjoyed the romance quite a bit and liked both characters, the rest of the story lost me.
The story follows Aiden, a workaholic in need of a break. He’s spent years caring for his sister while building up his business, so working comes naturally. When his sister forces him to take a vacation and relax, Aiden isn’t entirely sure how to do that – even though his sister has left him a very detailed “Let Loose List.” But it’s not long before Aiden meets a sexy stranger, and Abby might just be the beautiful distraction that he needed. She’s got her own issues and is dealing with some changing family dynamics, but Abby finds herself falling head over heels. What started as an easy, temporary vacation fling soon feels like a whole lot more.
If I’m loving a book, it won’t matter that it’s long – but it’s the kiss of death if the story is just okay. And that’s where I’m at with this one. That gorgeous cover pulled me in, and I was excited to check out this series starter. My main issue with MF’s work has always been that the stories are too interconnected; there’s no natural jumping in point, and that was also the case here. Despite the fact that this is the first in a brand new series, there are countless appearances by characters from MANY of her other series. That only added to a length that’s already unwieldy – this is longer than the last two books I read COMBINED. And it’s not like this is a slow burn; these two essentially fall at first sight, and the rest is just them being together. There’s nothing that I particularly disliked, but the length killed this for me. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this vacation romance.
From Melissa Foster, the New York Times bestselling author of She Loves Me, comes a sexy and heart-warming novel about finding love—and family—where you least expect it.
When chef Abby de Messiéres returns to Silver Island with her sister to get their late mother’s affairs in order, she expected to inherit her mother’s bistro along with their childhood home, not to discover a half sister they never knew existed, and a handsome vacationer camped out on her mother’s patio.
Workaholic Aiden Aldridge has been sent to Silver Island on a work-free vacation, armed with a “Let Loose list,” and ordered to get a life by the much-younger sister he raised after the death of their parents. After years of focusing on his sister’s well-being, he’s blindsided by his intense attraction to the gorgeous, free-spirited Abby.
Aiden might not know much about chilling out, but he’s excellent at striking deals. He helps Abby with the restaurant in exchange for her help in tackling the items on his list. Sparks fly as Aiden and Abby work, and play, side by side. Intimate conversations lead to steamy kisses and undeniable passion. But there’s more to Aiden than Abby knows, and when the truth comes out, their new romance is put to the test, as the two find out if true love really can conquer all.
Coming in November!
An emotional and sexy novel about guarded hearts, finding love, and families lost and found by Melissa Foster, the New York Times bestselling author of Maybe We Will.
After spending years wondering who she was, tattoo artist Cait Weatherby finally found her answers on the sandy shores of Silver Island. With two half sisters she never knew existed, a group of friends she adores, and a devastatingly charming admirer who flirts with her at every turn, she’s ready to figure out her next steps. The trouble is, Cait lives in the shadows of a dark past, and she can’t afford complications that might cause her to lose the family she’s only just found—complications like blue-eyed boatbuilder Brant Remington, who is as open as she is guarded. If only the sexy charmer would take the hint…
Brant is Cait’s opposite in every way, but he’s drawn to everything about the sexy newcomer—from the quiet strength that rivals the caution in her mossy-green eyes to her tough facade that he can’t wait to strip away.
As Brant works his magic, Cait’s walls come down. But as sweet as that feels, Cait knows how quickly good things can turn bad. It’s going to take more than a little trust to beat the ghosts of her past and claim the future they both deserve.
About the Author:
Melissa Foster is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of nearly one hundred books, including the Sugar Lake series, The Steeles at Silver Island series, and the Harmony Pointe series. Her novels have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown magazine, the Patriot, and others. She has also painted and donated several murals to the Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC.
She enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and she welcomes an invitation to your event. Visit Melissa on her website, http://www.MelissaFoster.com, or chat with her on Instagram @MelissaFoster_Author, Twitter @Melissa_Foster, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MelissaFosterAuthor.
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