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Finding a male wrıter of romance is about as rare as finding Bıgfoot out in the wıld, so I was excited to read this new romance from a new wrıting duo. Since I’m also a fan of Poląha's screen work, I jumped at the chance when this book showed up on my radar.
One of the things I love about reading is that it transports us to other locales, and with this book set in Hawaii, it felt like the ultimate exotic beach escape. The setting is beautifully painted and the sights, sounds, flavor and spirit of the islands really come alive.
While I liked Andie and Warren, I never felt the emotional connection between them that makes for an unparalleled romance. Their transition from friends to lovers lacked finesse, and that heady buildup of anticipation as the relationship develops was missing. The secondary characters were likeable but would have been more memorable were they given more color or quirks to make them really stand out in the reader's mind.
As readers, we understand the need for a clımatic crisis, but this one is clichéd. The opportunities are limitless, so a character’s self-sabotage or internal conflict is disappointing. It sends the message that no matter how poorly one behaves, all will be forgiven, and I’d much prefer reading about a character who triumphs over adversity rather than one who ruins a relationship with poor judgment.
Overall, I think this wrıting team shows promise and could be excellent with more depth and development of their characters. The setting really comes alive, some of the prose border on poetic, and there are some beautifully tender moments that shine like gems. Although this offering falls short of that epic heartfelt read that you have no choice but to tell the world about, it impressed me enough that I look forward to seeing where the next book in this series goes.
I especially was predisposed to like this book because it is written with Chris Polaha. It was well written and had believable characters, but it wasn't as uplifting as I had hoped. Since it is the beginning of a series I hope a bit of attention is given here. Maybe it was my mood at the time, but I also understand that the writers wanted it to be taken seriously. I read, however, to bring light-hearted treatment to everyday life. Not sorry I bought it and likely would buy the second in the series when it is available.
I can't lie, I originally bought this book because Kristoffer Polaha was involved with it. The story is very sweet and I feel like I know more about Hawaii than I did before. It is now on my bucket list. I am not much for the beach, even though I live on Cape Cod and visit the Atlantic Ocean often. I have never thought of the Pacific as a different ocean. This book as opened my eyes to a lot.
I love Kristoffer Polaha as an actor but I was very disappointed in the book. There was nothing interesting going on. The leading character had problems, she went to Hawaii and helped with a coffee plantation. I was determined to finish the book hoping something interesting would happen but it never did. I wasn't interested in what color her bikinis were. it was just a big disappointment.