Author: Karen Tuft
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: May 4, 2015
Andy Kendrick has always dreamed of bigger things than tiny Eagle Bluff, Arizona. So when the opportunity arises to shake off the dust of his hometown and move to the tropical paradise of Hawaii, he grabs it. But he never imagined that a piece of his past would follow him to his new life…
Kimberly Briggs has lived her life on the fringes of the crowd, timid and afraid since the death of her brother, but when she learns that Andy, her lifelong crush, is moving to Hawaii, she’s finally ready to step out of the shadows and take a risk.
Kimberly is the last person Andy expected—or wanted—to see in Hawaii, but when fate incessantly throws the pair together, there’s little to be done but make the best of the situation. As the awkwardness fades and Kimberly begins to emerge from her shell, Andy realizes there’s much more to her than he realized. But even as they revel in the adventures of island life, drawn together by a growing attraction, an unforeseen peril threatens Kimberly’s life. Can the once-timid young woman now draw upon the inner strength Andy has helped her discover so the two of them can build a life together? Will Andy grasp that love knows no geographical bounds?
This book is connected to some of the characters in “Reality Check,” but it’s not necessarily a sequel. I enjoyed the tropical Hawaiian setting and descriptions of the local culture. I liked seeing both main characters grow and realize their potential – and help each other in the process. I also thought the suspense element was nicely done to add to the plot.
I loved the characters and was rooting for them the whole time. It felt almost like it was moving too slowly, but that’s what made the book so good in the end. I loved seeing changes come about as the book progressed. The setting made it so easy to fall in love with the whole thing, and now I want to go to Hawaii even more (as if that were possible)!