Fantastic read! This author has a way with witty dialog and somehow prose that seems almost lyrical. Not sure how she does it...I was hearing British accents in my head - odd since this takes place in Tennessee and I'm SOUTHERN!
Read in one sitting and quickly bought the next two in the series...can't wait for the next!
A super well written and captivating book with colorful characters, lushly romantic setting, and witty dialogue. I'm very much anticipating the release of the other two in the series along with other works by this author!
I really hate to give mediocre or bad reviews...but...
This story is almost painfully redundant and repetitive. While there were some good parts, some great parts, some beautiful turn of phrase, I think further editing is sorely needed to eliminate so much of the superfluous detail. Sorry - I slogged on until about halfway but just couldn't finish.
Also, an author's egregious errors in the details are likely my biggest peeve as a reader. I found several in this story but have to point out the worst offender in my opinion– GEOGRAPHY.
As an American I admit woeful ignorance of New Zealand geography - humble apologies for the lack of education in the US school system on this front. I am avidly curious about this world we live in so conducted a little quick research a la Google hoping to learn something new and get a better grasp of the world of the characters. With my good friend Google, I learned in less than 15 seconds that a nerve had been struck with this book.
***SPOILER ALERT in explanation below***
The heroine lives in Parakai (a place I’d never heard of) and our hero lives in Auckland (heard of but unfamiliar with). Depending on the route chosen, Parakai and Auckland are anywhere from 48 to 58 kilometers apart (40 to 50 minutes by car – and translates to 29 to 36 miles for those of us not on the metric system). SO - this leaves me really wondering WHY Grace and Sophie had such an arduous journey as described in chapter one: “…the long flight, the daunting, hundreds of kilometers now separating them from their beloved home…” REALLY? For many this is a typically short daily commute to work – by car. Why did they fly? Why does Grace make such a big deal of the distance? This makes other points in the story less believable. Such as why Hayes would insist they stay with him? Why would it be such a big deal to go back and forth to visit, at least to pick up some other necessities if Grace and Sophie stay with him for the two months?
This made me wonder if the author is writing about places she knows. A quick look at her profile indicates she is, in fact, in New Zealand. Therefore, I have to say that this sort of oversight is quite unforgivable as it is damaging to the plot and disrespectful to the intelligence of readers (even those who are admittedly ignorant but mildly curious and have internet access).
This is easily something fixed with additional editing. Maybe Grace and Sophie should come from the west coast of Australia or anywhere else in the world for that matter.
Fact checking is important – even in fiction.
I just don’t understand so many five star reviews. This book is an unmitigated disaster of elementary level grammar and spelling errors. Plot? Couldn’t find it. Maybe the author was going for a baseline erotic ‘stroke’ story…and maybe she succeeded. I was looking for a well-crafted contemporary romance (steamy and graphic being perfectly okay). I didn’t find that here. There’s potential…maybe…but this needs a LOT of work.