In the final year of her business degree, Phuong has her future all mapped out. Finish studying, then go home and save her family’s business. Until her father dies and it all falls apart. Broke and jobless, she stumbles on a solution: find herself an Australian husband. Fast.
She’s not looking for love – Phuong doesn’t believe in fairy tales. Her marriage will be a business deal, pure and simple. But when she meets her husband-to-be and discovers he’s a reclusive rock star living at Romance Island Resort, maybe it’s time to believe a girl can live happily ever after.
This is the second book in Ms. Carlton’s Romance Island Resort series, and I have to admit that I enjoyed this book more than the first one, and I actually reached the end of this one with a better opinion of the male protagonist than I had in the first one. Believe it or not, there may be a chance of redemption for Jay Felix.
Don’t get me wrong, in this book, he’s still a bit of an obnoxious ass, but Ms. Carlton’s writing is creating personal growth in this character who I had literally loathed on first sight. He still does ridiculous things, still manages to act like a little boy in a grown man’s body at times – but I particularly liked the way he handled Phuong’s traumatic past and he really, truly did behave as her night in shining armor – and there were moments in this second book, when I actually liked the guy 🙂
Once again, Ms. Carlton has taken an Australian setting, a group of weird and whacky characters, put them together and created an entertaining read. I have just started the third book in the series, and have to admit – I didn’t see THAT coming. But that is the joy of a Demelza Carlton book – she takes her characters on a wild ride, and you’re never quite certain where everyone is going to end up.
I will be continuing to read this series as they are released – because with the addition of some new characters, some weird and wonderful happenings, and the way Jay Felix manages to rub everyone up the wrong way (except for when he’s rubbing them the RIGHT way, because he is, after all, a gorgeous rock god and the romance scenes are hot, hot, hot!) – I’m totally intrigued to find out where this journey is taking us.
Highly recommended, particularly for people looking for a fun read during their holidays – this would be a great read when you’re wiling away a few hours on a beach, or lazing by the pool. And you can imagine yourself enjoying the beauty of Broome’s Romance Island Resort… and perhaps the attentions of a certain Jay Felix…