FAST AND FUNNY CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE Growing up on the tropical paradise of St. John, environmentalist Ellie Green had three goals: study ecology, save the planet, and marry Ryan Andersen, the dreamy older boy who hung out at the Paradise Resort next door. Ten years later, Ellie's college plans are in ruins and the planet isn't saved, but she still has a chance to marry Ryan. All she has to do is help him bulldoze her childhood home and build an island-destroying casino.
Billionaire Ryan Andersen has it all: charisma, women, and a talent for starting new businesses. But Ryan's never managed to stick with any business--or woman--for long. When Ryan gambles his fortune on developing the property next to the Paradise Resort into a world-class casino, he finds himself unexpectedly teamed up with Ellie Green. Now Ryan has to decide whether to scrap the casino and lose the respect of his family or build it and break the heart of the idealistic young woman he's learning to love.
Vicky Loebel began her professional life as a systems programmer for NASA and moved through successively more challenging careers before settling in as a writer of tightly-plotted, romantic fiction. She lives on the slopes of Mt. Lemmon, AZ with her sister, three dogs, a rotating assortment of children, and a husband who has the patience of a saint.
Sweet story with some fun in between" Ryan may have meet someone that can just take him on and then some. Returning home for Ellie was not exactly what she was expecting. She gets home to only find nothing. Everything she loved had changed and some changes were bigger than others. She also finds her childhood crush located in the one place he should not have been. This was more fun and some excitement that was not contained in the first of the series. I still enjoyed it all. I loved watching Ellie and Ryan become more and the antics that was thrust upon them at various stages. Grandma, Frank, and even Ryan's dad and uncles play a part that makes it all worth it. This was a sweet clean romance that gave a story complementary to the first of the series.
Narration was complementary to the story. I could tell male and female apart, even a foreign speaking person was clear and understandable. Accents were clear and comparable to the background given. There was clarity. Enjoyable read from Emily.
Four years ago, Ellie Green left her home on the island of St. John to pursue an ecology degree at the University of Costa Rica. Spending those four years teaching tourists the joys of protecting the rain forest and reduce reuse recycling left her fulfilled, but after a dishonest professor stole her funds she's left without a degree or tuition. Ellie returns home to St. John only to find her childhood home near ruin and her childhood crush Ryan Andersen ready to bulldoze the property to build a massive casino.
The casino project is Ryan's last effort to regain control of his finances and more importantly, earn his father and uncle's respect. He's determined to do just about anything to accomplish both dreams. Ryan hasn't seen Ellie since she was a spunky little girl, and he's surprised to see she's grown up to be gorgeous and sweet. When they're forced to pretend to be engaged, neither seems to mind.
I really enjoyed this sweet romance, it was a nice tropical escape. The characters are fleshed out well, Ryan is vulnerable and charming, while Ellie is fun and endearing. Ellie's Gran is a crackup and I can just picture her striking a disco pose! I loved the ploy the author used to keep Ryan and Ellie close by each other in the beginning. I did wonder why a security conscious family like the Andersens with so many bodyguards would invite a known kidnapper to all the family events, but it didn't detract from the story.
The narrator was great, her pace, tone, and pitch were perfect. She gave each character a distinct speaking voice. I was provided a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I'll be keeping an eye out for more by this author and narrator!
I received a free ARC of this book and am voluntarily writing an honest review.
After reading the first book a while ago, I was so ready for book 2. I love that the author was able to make me feel like I was in the Caribbean through her descriptions! Ellie was the perfect foil for Ryan and their romance was sweet. Ellie knew Ryan when she was a kid and actually dreamed of marrying him when she was eight. Fast forward 10 years and they meet again. What starts as a fake engagement to help Ryan obtain his trust fund soon turns into a real romance. The characters were well developed and most of them were likeable. Add in fun secondary characters and this book has humor in all the right places.
Hands down, this is the best romance I've read in ages. Author Vicky Loebel has knocked it out of the park with the second book in her 'Brides of Paradise' series. I actually enjoyed this book even more than Vacation Bride. First of all, I love how the author whisks me to the Caribbean with her words. The perfect escape! The heroine, Ellie, is a fun and very likeable character, but it's Ryan, the hero, who stole my heart. He's vulnerable yet cocky, sweet, smart, charming, and just all around endearing. The author is truly talented at creating a supporting cast that is flat out fun. Fingers crossed that Lucas will get his own book in the near future!
This was even better than the first book. Ellie and Ryan we perfect for each other. The writing seemed rushed a few times but the story mostly flowed. Gran was a delight. I'm looking forward to another book in this series
Audiobook Enjoyable storyline, some very interesting characters that's for sure. I'm sure if I read it, it would have come across a little funnier. Narrator was great with male voices and different characters.