- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 58 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Mackenzie Lucas
- Audible.com Release Date: March 31, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JDVX2I4
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
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Essence Audiobook – Unabridged
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I also love a story with characters I can relate to. Hitching a ride with Haven and Pace, feeling the emotional rollercoaster they went on as they healed themselves and each other - and fought for their happily ever after - was time well spent. I loved the texture and depth of all the characters. Author Lucas made me care.
I smiled. I chuckled. I sniffed back a few tears. Good stuff. Looking forward to more!
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!
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