|Publisher: Metal Blonde Books (self-published)|
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 16th 2016
|Enemies to Lovers, Foodie, Forbidden Love, Heavy Subjects, Outdoorsy, Secret Lovers, Strong Heroine, Stuck With You|
|Other Books By Karina Halle|
|Description from Publisher:|
|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:
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.
|Wow. This story seriously gripped me and just kept squeezing tighter!! I absolutely loved it, even when my heart was being wrenched in two. This book pulls out all of the stops and gives you all the feels and then some! Love and hope and grief and acceptance... Everything about this book is all-consuming and visceral. The immersion into the Hawaiian paradise on Kauai, the heartache you feel for Veronica at her mother's words, the insane sexual tension between Ronnie and Logan, the action during their hike, the super hot sex. Seriously just so RAW and intense in the best way! Every sense is acknowledged in this one and makes the story envelop you whether you want it to or not (and oh, you will!).
Alright, so I'll try to be a bit less worshipful in my review now, haha. It was just that good though!!
There are some deep issues here, mostly focused around family. I really appreciated the 'ohana' aspect, especially as I am, as bittersweet as it is, able to relate to both Ronnie and Logan. In this story, the message that rings loudest is that one should be true themselves and know that family, which is so much more than just sharing blood, will always be there for you, no matter what. The way things wrapped up in that regard is so very true to life with "family" like Veronica's and I'm happy that it was not made light of.
I loved Logan's and Ronnie's stubbornness, strength, passion for life, and how much heart they had. Both were very solid characters that you couldn't help but care for, and their mostly level heads made this refreshing (Did I want to smack Veronica at the major climax? Yes, but oh how I loved what happened in the flash forward afterwards!). All of the supporting characters were also a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed all of the Hawaiian culture woven around everything. It all felt very genuine and natural.
Everything about this was so incredibly immersive. I didn't just read it - I was there. Even Logan's sexy aussie accent was clear as day to me, very little aussie slang needed!
Read this. You will not regret it!
|My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.|