Contemporary Romance/Rom Com
Publication date: 04/25/2020
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Cover love. I gots it. I mean, I love this author too, but I bought this book based on the cover alone.
Daisy, who is having A WEEK, travels to New Zealand for her sister's wedding. She immediately clashes with grumpy groomsman, Tai. Following the wedding, the gang sets out on a sailing trip and ends up ship wrecked on a tropical island. Mild peril, plenty of laughs, and tons of sexual chemistry ensue.
This one is a forced proximity, semi-adventure/surviving the elements romance, as well as a "the grumpy one is soft for the sunshine one" romance.
There's a lot to love about this one, y'all. There's a grumpy hero who isn't a manwhore or afraid to commit. There's a sunshine-y heroine who has been through a lot and isn't quite sure what she wants to do with her life, but who isn't beaten or feeling sorry for herself (not much, anyway). There's descriptions of tropical settings so good you'll feel like you're right there. There's melt-your-Kindle sex scenes. There's funny banter between characters. And...there's a feral goat named Wilson. What else could you want?
This one's a quick, standalone read, too. It won't take a huge time commitment to finish this one. That's a huge selling point for me. I adore a quick read. I have a short attention span and hardly any free time, so quick reads work best for me. But if you're looking for a book you can sink into and entertain yourself with for days, this one might not be for you. You'll breeze through it in a few hours.
I'll also say that if I was going to be picky (which, hey, let's face it, I pretty much always am), I'd have to admit that the ending does have a slightly insta-love feel to it (there's a love declaration at the end that feels kinda quick, but I cut the author some slack because this couple DID cheat death together, so I can almost believe that feelings would develop quickly and intensely). And while I'm bitching...Daisy's sister really irritated me. I thought she was awful to Daisy, and for the most part, Daisy pretty much took it. I really wanted Daisy to unload on Lacey--but that was just my personal preference. It probably would've been out-of-character for Daisy to have an airing of the grievances (an old Seinfeld reference that was also in the book, by the way) all over Lacey's uptight ass.
But, long-story-short, this was a fun, quick, light-hearted contemporary rom com that I thoroughly enjoyed. It's definitely worth a read.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
It's stigma-free. No rehab needed.