Allie Osaka has inherited her family's coffee plantation, the Kona Coffee Estate, when her grandmother Misu died. Allie then returns to the Big IslandAllie Osaka has inherited her family's coffee plantation, the Kona Coffee Estate, when her grandmother Misu died. Allie then returns to the Big Island of Hawaii, where she was born and hasn't been to since she was a child, in the hopes of selling the estate and using the money to travel the world. Only there's a problem. Once there, she finds out that she is not the sole inheritor. Cowboy Dallas McCormick also now owns half of the property and he is not willing to sell. Allie must find a way to sell. She must also resist handsome and sexy Dallas, since she has sworn off men after being betrayed by her cheating ex-fiancé.
This was a very enjoyable story. It is set on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii, and I can't resist a book with a Hawaiian setting. I really liked Dallas. He was kind and caring and always ready to help people. I liked how he was dedicated to trying to win the Kona Coffee Festival, not only for Misu, but for Allie, too. I also liked Allie. She had painful memories of Hawaii from her childhood. She couldn't wait to sell and leave the island, but the longer she stayed she found that it felt like home. I liked how she connected with the islanders, and how they made her feel welcome. She did drive me nuts at times though, with how she would compare Dallas to her jerk ex-fiancé, and always be ready to believe the worst of him. The secondary characters were great--Allie's childhood friends and neighbors Kai and Jesse and their aunt Kaimana, beauty salon owner Teri, and Dallas's mean and conniving ex-girlfriend Jennifer.
The tsunami that took place and the rescue mission when Allie and Dallas went looking for Kai were exciting. I loved how the people all came together in the aftermath to clean up the destruction afterwards. I also thought the epilogue was pretty neat and sweet. (view spoiler)[I loved the proposal at the top of the volcano. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Billy Reece and her mother-in-law, Amanda, both widows, travel to Hawaii after Billy wins a vacation there. Once the two arrive, they find there is aBilly Reece and her mother-in-law, Amanda, both widows, travel to Hawaii after Billy wins a vacation there. Once the two arrive, they find there is a problem with their accommodations. The apartment they were promised is occupied by a fiftysomething gentleman named Max. Max generously offers them an extra room for the night, which extends into an invitation for their entire stay in Hawaii. Max is writing a book on hoboes and is conducting interviews with them. A hobo named Cosmo stops by Max's for an interview one night. Cosmo meets Billy and asks her to breakfast the next morning and the two of them hit it off. Billy has reservations about Cosmo at first, but begins to admire the freedom of his lifestyle. Little does she know that Cosmo is really an undercover cop working on a murder investigation of two hoboes who were found dead on the beach.
This was a very enjoyable story with two romances--Billy and Cosmo, and Billy's mother-in-law Amanda and Max. The characters were all likable, and I also liked Ema, who was another undercover cop working with Cosmo. I loved the setting on The Big Island of Hawaii. Along with the romance, the murder mystery storyline involving the two drowned hoboes who were found washed up on the beach was good, too. Very interesting and fun book....more
Lawyer-advocate Audrey and police detective Ryan have become friends after finding themselves working on a lot of the same cases together. One day theLawyer-advocate Audrey and police detective Ryan have become friends after finding themselves working on a lot of the same cases together. One day they decide to take their relationship to the next level from friends to lovers. It's not until after this that they discover how old each other is. Audrey is thirty-five, Ryan is twenty-two. Ryan has no problem with the age difference, Audrey can't get past it. The story was enjoyable up to a point, then as it went on it grew a bit tiresome with Audrey's constant insecurities over the age difference. At the beginning of the story I liked Ryan, but as the book progressed I liked him less with his never-changing way of seeing things in either black or white with no room for anything in-between, and his hateful feelings toward and not being able to come to terms with his biological father went on for too long. At the end of the story there didn't seem to be much resolution to the problems Audrey and Ryan faced, just a quick wrap-up to the story....more
When Sara was sixteen years old she rebelled against her cop father and crashed a college frat party. She was found the next day without her clothes aWhen Sara was sixteen years old she rebelled against her cop father and crashed a college frat party. She was found the next day without her clothes and a victim of rape. Three men were sent to prison for the crime. Neither Sara nor the perpetrators had any memory of what happened that night due to the heavy drinking going on at the party. Sara got pregnant as a result of the rape and gave the child up for adoption. Now twenty-one years later, her son Ryan, now a police officer, is on her front doorstep wanting to meet her. He claims to have been looking into that night that changed so many lives twenty-one years ago. After looking at police reports relating to the crime, they just don't add up to Ryan. He questions what truly happened that night, and wonders if the rape was some kind of cover up to a murder that occurred at the same time. Sara agrees to help her son investigate, since she, too, would like some answers to a night she has no recollection of. This also involves including one of the perpetrators, Mark Dalton, who has long since served his time and is trying to make himself a better person. He also would like some answers from a night he can't remember, because it sickens him to think that he would have been a party to rape.
This was an interesting read and a bit different. Not so much a romance (although there was romance which came late in the book), but more a search for the truth about a night that defined the two main characters lives. There's lots of depth to the characters and it's nice to see how far the characters have come by the end of the story as they uncover the truth of what really happened that night....more
Gabby Haines is fired from her job as a TV host, only to be replaced by someone younger and thinner. She now works at a publishing company and she's sGabby Haines is fired from her job as a TV host, only to be replaced by someone younger and thinner. She now works at a publishing company and she's starting out at the bottom. Her first assignment is to get Jamison Hunter to write the tell-all biography he's contracted to write. Jamison is a former astronaut and national hero who fell from grace in the public eye when a scandal broke out in his life. He's been living as a recluse on Hawk Island, a small island off the coast of Maine, ever since. He agreed to the book before the scandal broke, and he has no intention of ever writing it now. It's up to Gabby to find out the truth of what really happened to Jamie and to get the book written.
The story was really good and had me turning pages to find out what was going to happen. I really liked both Gabby and Jamie. They made a great couple and had good chemistry. Gabby had self-esteem issues she needed to overcome. I admired her persistence in seeking the truth behind Jamie's story. I liked the way that Jamie owned up to the mistakes he made in his past, learned from them, and tried to make himself a better person. There were also some interesting secondary characters. I really enjoyed waitress Zhanna's and island veterinarian Tom's budding romance. The book was a bit different with some surprising twists thrown in and an enjoyable read....more
An okay read with romance and suspense, a Cayman Islands setting, a heroine who is an undercover FBI agent on vacation, and a hero who invents robots.An okay read with romance and suspense, a Cayman Islands setting, a heroine who is an undercover FBI agent on vacation, and a hero who invents robots. Due to the book's longer length, the story seemed to drag in places. The book would have benefited from a shorter length to keep the action moving along at a faster pace....more
Fast paced story with lots of action. Cassi is running from the law for crimes of which she’s been accused but didn’t commit (at least not all of themFast paced story with lots of action. Cassi is running from the law for crimes of which she’s been accused but didn’t commit (at least not all of them). Her childhood friend Thomas is the FBI agent assigned to bring her in. Their friendship didn’t survive throughout the years and now they are reunited under less than perfect circumstances. I really liked Cassi and Thomas. Both were strong and stubborn and they made a terrific team whether it be in trying to prove Cassi’s innocence or as lovers. It was also nice to get some looks back into their friendship when they were growing up. This was a very enjoyable friends to lovers story....more
Another great book from Cynthia Reese. Set in Georgia, this book has a wonderful cast of characters. I loved Brandon and Penelope, who were divided beAnother great book from Cynthia Reese. Set in Georgia, this book has a wonderful cast of characters. I loved Brandon and Penelope, who were divided because of family loyalty concerning ownership of the land that Penelope now calls her own. It was also a treat to meet up again with familiar faces from Ms. Reese's previous book, Where Love Grows....more