I don’t think there are any children of the 90s who didn’t daydream about being rescued on the beach by a hottie. I blame Baywatch. (Not the Hasslehoff years, but the Jason Momoa episodes) But while I give this one points for attempting to help readers relive those fantasies, I can’t say it was a success in any other sense of the word.
Here are my beefs:
Overall, this one was a giant, heaping helping of “nope” for me. Vivienne deserves a good swift kick in the ass as far as I’m concerned.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
Contributes! This one is in serious need of an intervention. It’s love-at-first-sight vibe and Daniel’s perfection make it unrealistic, and the whole reason why they can’t be together is a joke. A big, fluffy joke.
Other reading suggestions
If you want to read about people who REALLY have reasons why they shouldn’t be together and overcome those reasons in a believable way, try All In by Emma Scott and Step Brother Dearest by Penelope Ward. And for one you’ve probably never heard of from a lesser known author, A Great Catch by Michele Albert was FABULOUS with a kick-ass heroine (and man, did these 2 have a serious obstacle to overcome).