This month's Book With Buzz: "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers "In a Dark, Dark Wood" and "The Woman in Cabin 10" comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel. See more
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Check out Krista's new book, "A Forever Kind of Love!"
Even though billionaire Carter's stalker keeps threatening him, he feels like he might be falling for small town girl Mia. And though Mia knows that a family might not be in the cards for her future, she longs to create a life with Carter.
And then, a miracle happens...
File Size: 2653 KB
Print Length: 232 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Zirconia Publishing, Inc. (April 16, 2014)
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!
This story line was very small and took hardly any time to get from the beginning to end. Izzy is a marine biologist living on a Caribbean island doing research on sharks and a part time bartender. Noah is a "tourist" who turns out to be one of the most wealthy hotel chain owner. He keeps his identity hidden for his own personal reasons. Noah is on the island for a birthday party and a little bit of business. Izzy is a co-bartender with Noah at a party that is thrown by Noah's friends. This is where they meet. Izzy and Noah have a whirlwind romance and are quick to say I love you. Izzy takes Noah to a grove where she is researching. He never makes the connection that this is the land he is buying while there with her. How did he not know the land he was buying was where she was researching? When Izzy finds out about Noah, she is understandably angry. Noah pleads his case and these two end up with each other when Noah gives her the land. This book didn't catch me like I was hoping. It was very fast paced and I can't see how Noah didn't know what he was doing or how Izzy didn't figure it out. It was still an enjoyable story just not for me.
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!