#Review: One Week in Hawaii #romance #newrelease #anthology
ONE WEEK IN HAWAII Sun, sand, and seduction… Alexis Anne, Audra North, Julia Kelly, and Alexandra Haughton sweep you away to paradise for One Week in Hawaii.
A wedding planner breaks all the rules to have just one night of pleasure, only to find that a stolen moment might hold the key to forever.
A movie star falls hard for her sexy co-star…who just happens to be her best friend.
A former black sheep risks falling from graceagainwhen she seduces a handsome stranger with a dark history.An artist has to choose between dating a guy who will please her parents and one who will please…and pleasure…her.
Sex on the beach is so much more than a drink in these four sizzling contemporary novellas by the authors who brought you One Week in Wyoming.
****Nona's Review of One Week in Hawaii****
Each story in this romance anthology offers the
adventure of a week spent in Hawaii—whether for a wedding, a business offer, or
a well-earned vacation— and the magic of romance.
The Wedding Weekby Julia Kelly tells Annie's story. She's a wedding
planner for an upscale hotel and prides herself for always being on top of
things, always having control. But her control snaps when she meets sexy Chris,
and indulges in a passionate affair with him, even though mixing business with
pleasure could mean the end of her career. I had a lot of sympathy for Annie as
much of her need for control stemmed back to a difficult childhood and a
constant need to prove herself. Chris was sharp and ambitious, but his desire
to be with Annie trumped his career goals and made him a worthy romance hero.
Kissing Rebeccaby Alexis Annewas a cute and funny friends-to-lovers
tale. Rebecca and Luke have known each other and worked together for years in a
successful film franchise and have always been "best buds." But
during that time their feelings have grown, though there's never been a right
moment to express those feelings. Now they're both free, but neither is sure
the other is ready for, or even interested in, taking that next step. Luke's a
real doll and I couldn't help but love him for all caring ways he tries to woo
Rebecca. The poor guy can't catch a break, though, as bad luck dogs his every
move. His refusal to give up is what makes this story so sweet. Both characters
were extremely likeable, which helped make this lighthearted story a real charmer.
After the Fallby Alexandra Haughton featured two complicated people, both trying to
"come back" after difficult circumstances. Joss is a successful
businesswoman but her family won't let her live down an embarrassing incident
from her wild child days. Drew was a photojournalist who turned his back on his
career after a devastating experience overseas. Drew and Joss are
"strangers in the night" when they meet, but offer each other comfort
and acceptance (not to mention awesome sex). I wanted these two to get together,
but complications from Joss' business woes and secrets from Drew's past kept
getting between them. I really enjoyed the tenderness between the two
characters and the support they gave each other, but sometimes felt as though
there were a bit too many complications involving former spouses and lovers. I
also wished there had been a bit more explanation about why Joss had acted out
so much in her younger days. This story is for readers who enjoy an angsty,
Blindedby Audra North introduces us to Mike, smitten with his buddy's
younger sister. Chelsea, however, only has eyes for a different friend, a slick attorney.
Mike is a down-to-earth, fun-loving guy with a good heart but Chelsea finds him
annoying. He always seems to be around when she's trying to flirt with Brandon.
When Chelsea suggests to Mike that the two of them act like a couple to make
Brandon jealous and pique his interest, Mike reluctantly agrees. It becomes a
case of "be careful what you wish for" when Brandon starts showing
interest in Chelsea as she realizes that Mike is the man for her. There's a lot
of humor in this situation, and plenty of frustration for the hero and heroine.
I cheered when the main characters finally gave in to their passion. But there
were still bumps in the road ahead. I really enjoyed this story and how the
author took the trope of "girl loves brother's best friend" and put a
twist in its tail.
Week in Hawaii is a very enjoyable read. If you can't
travel to the beautiful island state in real life, then visiting it through
these four sexy stories is the next best thing.