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Pleasure In Hawaii
on June 23, 2011
Here is my review from romanceincolor.com
Career-minded Sloan Hepburn is quite excited about her promotion to director of guest relations at her company's luxury resort located on Maui. Sloan has made up her mind that, even in Hawaii, work will come first, but she is open to a non-serious relationship, if the right opportunity arises. Divorced Gene Malloy is the sole owner of the bed-and-breakfast inn, Malloy's Bed and Breakfast, and while he would welcome someone new in his life, she would have to play second-fiddle to the inn. But, a chance encounter with a "sneaker" wave has Gene saving Sloan from a possible accident, and both walk away with a smile on their faces, wondering what has just sneaked up on them. There is an instant attraction between Sloan and Gene, and the flirtatious bantering between them leaves no doubt they have unfinished business to explore. Will romancing in paradise allow Sloan and Gene to appreciate, not only the beauty in Maui, but the beauty of their love?
This touching romantic story is beautifully written, and explores the emotions involved when two people are falling in love and have their own doubts about a long-term commitment. I enjoyed Sloan's and Gene's journey of falling in love, as the progression of the relationship is natural and realistic. While Sloan tries very hard to keep to her promise not to mix business and pleasure, just looking at Gene makes her forget what's appropriate in the workplace. However, while she knows the heated glances Gene is shooting her way has nothing to do with business, she is smart enough to always act appropriately in the workplace.
I commend Archer for the way he handles Sloan's and Gene's behavior in their workplaces, and this should be a model for other couples in similar situations. The hero's struggle with his fears of a long-term commitment, while wooing Sloan with the beauty of the island and his searing passion, is both charming and romantic. The passion between the couple is electrifying, and the loves scenes are numerous and steamy.
Secondary characters aid the story, by subtly showing Sloan and Gene how other couples have loving relationships without sacrificing their career goals. Maui was not only the location of this story, but acted more like a character, as the author made the locale come alive and aid in the blossoming romance. Many readers will be noting some of the locales and plan for their own romantic adventure.
It was very refreshing to read a romantic story without a lot of drama, and with a couple that most people can identify with. While the storyline may be a predictable boy-meet-girl and fall-in-love storyline, the author gives it a fresh feel with the steamy love scenes and realistic situations. Archer writes a great romance and traditional romantics will savor this book long after the last page is read.
PLEASURE IN HAWAII is the first book in the Passion in Paradise series. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series and the romance in Oahu.