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First of all, Krista Lakes is an author you can always go to when you need something to pick you up after a hard day, or just to relax a little.
For me, the "Kisses" books are the perfect escape and Sandcastle is as good as any of them. Whenever a new one comes out, I automatically one-click it since it's such a reliable go-to for exactly what I want. This light-hearted romance was well written, well-edited and really takes you to the titular beach. The romance is sweeping, will make you smile, and there's enough heat that it's very satisfying and exciting as well. At the same time though, it isn't shocking or overly explicit - just the right level of steam for a story of this sort.
So if you like billionaires, or you like people with a little bit of a checkered past getting a second chance, this one comes highly recommended.
This book is sweet but full of really blatant foreshadowing that does get distracting and detracts from the story. For the most part the whirlwind romance is pretty good, not especially believable but different nonetheless. I especially liked the turn from the normal roles with Izzy being a marine biologist who does shark research. This was refreshing and even with the overly written romance during the ending. I don't believe that the epilogue was necessary at all not even to set up the next billionaires romance novel. However, I would continue to read books from this author.
This is the first Krista Lakes book I've read and it definitely won't be the last. I love billionaire romances and this one was awesome. I loved Izzy and Noah's story. The book has a perfect blend of rollercoaster romance and sizzling steam and Ms. Lake writes beautifully in a style that is eloquent and easy to read. It was so good I actually read it one sitting. The emotional journey of Izzy and Noah to their happily ever after will stay in my heart for a long time. I've already downloaded Ms. Lake's other billionaire "kisses" books and can't wait to read them. I've found a new author to love!
I've read all of the other Kisses books and I've absolutely loved them. They're written in a really interesting sort of family and friends saga way, which is a lot of fun. The side characters from one book become main characters in the next, and so on, so you get a fun sneak peek into the entire story of all of their lives.
Sandcastle Kisses is one of my favorites so far, though. It starts right in the thick of things, and while you might not immediately know what's going on with everything, it's really entertaining. Izzy's been hired to work the bar at a private party, and unexpectedly she learns that she's got a co-bartender in the form of Noah. Everyone at the party knows each other, except for Izzy. Things progress from there in a bit of fun between the guys as they tease her about not knowing who they are (they're billionaires, haha), and then some friendly bets are made. Overall it's just a fun time, with a kind of atmosphere reminiscent of a quiet bar with good friends.
After that first night, things get a little complicated, though. Noah's a nice man and starts teasing and flirting with Izzy. He's a tourist, though, so she knows he's going to go away. They can't have anything lasting or "real" in her mind, because anything they have together will only be for a few more days. It doesn't really help that she only bartends to try and make money to help fund a research project... and while they have some huge tension and connection right from the start, they're about to have a bad sort of tension really really soon...
I loved Sandcastle Kisses, though! It's got all the great telltale signs of the other Kisses books, with its own little twist, too. I thought this one had a little more tension than some of the others, almost bordering on light romantic suspense in a way. Izzy and Noah's connection is very real seeming and I loved how they came together throughout the story. It didn't seem fast or forced, you know? It was natural and just right.
If you love the Kisses books, I think you'll definitely love this one. If you haven't read any of the others, this is a really good one to start with. It's got some cute and fun parts, some with a little spice, and then the serious and suspenseful, too. Overall, it's just a wonderful story and one that I'd highly recommend!
Krista Lakes seemed to have taken some time off since last year, resting on her laurels and probably best pondering how to continue on with writing such fun, light and well-written outings in romance. The writing here is better than ever before, with great characterization that starts forming early on and continues to develop deep into the story.
Both Izzy and Noah can see sparks and feel electricity crackling between them with every interaction, and its the easy conversation, the tight focus and genuine humility that makes everything so interesting. Along those same lines, Izzy sees development first-hand, with care taken to describe her job, environment and interests within her very specific and familiar frame of reference. She's a professional, and as such we see through her own eyes, with enough context to provide clues on a general island background and beyond.
Both characters are realistic, with troubles their very own and room for growth and development on either side. It's a nice balance of knowing one character through thoughts and actions and the other through somebody else's attentive eyes.
Though the book flew by, it's the kind of writing that sticks with you, and is a pure joy to read. Never did I feel uninterested or even baffled by any of the events in the story, and sometimes with romance, and books in general, it's a hard feat to accomplish.