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Pace is the handsome pro golfer (with the big junk) whose wife and baby died in an accident ten years ago and he is still suffering from needless guilt. Throw in Haven's best friend who becomes involved with Pace's adopted brother and you get predictable results.
This was all just a bit too soap opera-ish for me. I received this as an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.
Haven is the owner of Essence, an upscale spa and hotel located on the beach in sunny Florida. As a widow of five years, she has made the development of Essence her life, and hopes to develop her brainchild into a chain of resorts along the Florida coast. Miles, her husband of three years, was killed in a plane crash and Haven has never really gotten over the loss. She has yet to get back into the dating scene, much less considering a one-night stand. Before she met Miles, she had worked as a massage therapist, a career she was forced to abandon when she married Miles. Now, with a thriving spa, she is beginning to feel like she needs more in her life. At the urging of her best friend Sally, she decides to take a massage client one day, in order to really get her hands back into the business, literally. In walks Pace Daniels and the rest, as they say, is history…
Pace Daniels is a pro golfer and serial womanizer. After the death of his wife and infant daughter ten years earlier, he has given up on the idea of love. The loss of the loves of his life was too much for him to bear and he knows he can’t undergo that type of loss again. So a series of one-night stands is how he lives his life, that is until he meets Haven, his massage therapist. What begins as a simply physical connection, quickly becomes more, leaving them both to try to deal with the feelings of love again after loss. But of course there’s more to the story than that!
Pace is in town, staying at Haven’s resort because he is going to buy the parcel of beachfront property next to Haven’s resort. He plans on building a golf course, as well as his own hotel, complete with spa as well. Between this and the meddling of one Imogen Carmichael, the owner of the land Pace is going to buy, it seems that both Haven and Pace’s dreams of moving on might be dashed before they even get started. Soon secrets and lies leave Haven wondering how much of her life with Miles was a lie, and if Pace has his own agenda, considering he will be her direct competition.
Essence is a quick, romantic read. The relationship between Haven and Pace is steamy and the secondary story arc between Sally and Pace’s brother Jason heats up as well. It seems as though the inclusion of Sally and Pace’s relationship would lend itself to a second book in the series, however I’m not sure if that is in the author’s plans. For being a book about Pace and Haven, there seemed to be a lot of the other couple included.
My only complaint is that the book seemed to end quite abruptly. Even an epilogue of what may have happened would have been nice as it felt that there really was more of the story to be told. I truly enjoyed the book and felt the characters were well developed and relatable, however I really do think the book could have given the reader a little more in terms of closure. The book was a little predictable but this would make a great, light beach read for those that like happy endings. This is my first book by Ms. Lucas and I will definitely check out her other titles!
The heroine, Haven, had a rough childhood but has developed into a smart business woman. She has put herself on the shelf with the unexpected death of her wealthy husband by focusing on work. The walls she has constructed, both the Essence Spa and around her heart, have protected her until the arrival of the hero.
The hero, Pace, is a sexy pro golfer that has problems of his own, both physically and emotionally. Looking for a life after professional golf he is planning to purchase the property next door to Essence. Along with his brother they plan to develop and design a golf retreat with hotel and spa. This would put him in direct competition with Essence.
When Haven meets Pace there is instant attraction between them. Problems immediately arise when she finds out his plans for the property next door and she discovers he is only into no strings attached one nighters.
I found some repetition of the characters’ internal thoughts about the same issues but that is a minor complaint as they work through their issues of loss, jealousy, emotional immaturity and betrayal. Unusual for a book of this type is the open conversations the characters have with each other as they work through their issues. With the addition of the troubled secondary characters, Haven’s best friend Sally, and Pace's brother, Jason this book delves deeply into interpersonal physiological issues.
Ultimately, the characters find, as in real life, that both parties have to be willing to talk about their feelings, trust each other, and work together to make their relationship work.
I was provided a free copy for an honest review.
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