By Sienna Valentine
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
At first, the idea of a week at a secluded resort in Bali with my girlfriends sounded like just the thing I needed to get me out of my funk. Of course, I should have realized that there was more to their plan than just a regular trip. But who could have guessed what they had up their sleeves?
A sex club?? Excuse me, hedonistic resort… like there’s much difference…
This wasn’t what I signed up for, and I definitely don’t feel ready for it.
So maybe that’s why, when I ended up meeting the gorgeous British owner, I was so open to his absolutely outrageous proposal…
Running my father’s resort in Bali has a lot of perks, not the least of which is the easy and immediate access to a bevy of beautiful and sexually explorative women. However, the fact that it’s about as far away as I can get from my parents is almost equally important to me.
My father and I have never seen eye to eye, and I know I’ve always been a disappointment to him. He’s been trying to use my huge inheritance as a bargaining chip for years, trying to bend me to his will.
But it’s not like I don’t already have a lot of money, so I thought I could just continue to avoid the issue forever.
And then I sent that bloody, drunken email…
This story is a hoot! As one reviewer commented, this story would make an entertaining holiday-type movie: exotic setting in Bali at a sex resort, four young professional women – one of whom they are trying to dislodge from a two-year funk after breaking up with a boyfriend, a hot bachelor who is managing the resort for his dad and taking advantage of all the perks the job has to offer, and an unexpected romance resulting from an unfortunate e-mail mistake.
As the story begins, I wasn’t too sure there was a redeeming bone in Harrison’s body, but I quickly forgave him once the banter started percolating between him and his buddy Bruce about how he (Harrison) was going to finagle his way out of an email he sent during a Sambuca-derived drunk the night before to his dad announcing that he was engaged. Then, there are the three young professional women who have dragged one of their best friends along with them on a trip to a hedonistic resort in Bali – that just happens to be managed by Harrison – to help her get over a breakup with her boyfriend two years ago. Of course, this friend is mortified to discover once she gets there exactly what her friends have in mind as the quick-fix remedy to help her get out of her dry spell, but lo and behold, it just turns out that she’s just what Harrison needs to pull off his fake engagement to his parents.
Harrison and Clarice clicked from the start and their rapport developed sweetly and romantically. They truly enjoyed one another’s company and, underneath it all, were actually just lonely souls seeking true love and acceptance from someone without judgement or unrealistic expectations – they simply played off one another and it was fun to experience their back-and-forth banter and natural, free-flowing camaraderie. These two simply fit together. The emotions they expressed to one another during the scene on the beach seemed almost palpable, as did their attraction to and passion for one another both in and out of bed. Their HEA was swoon-worthy!
Once again, Valentine delivers a fast-paced and solid story filled with delicious description, tantalizing simmer and steam, and characters you can almost believe are real. This story was so fun to read, and any reader should find herself finishing the book with a smile and a dancing heart.
The “huh?” part?
There didn’t seem to be a set-up for why Harrison was compelled to make his “mistake” announcement about Clarice’s pregnancy at dinner with his parents.
Guests all stared at Harrison and Clarice as if they made an enviable couple – “we look good together” – and they seemed to make the perfect pair. I enjoyed watching Harrison transform into a “good” person upon meeting Clarice and realizing that he was indeed missing out on having someone to love. The HEA was so sweet.
Yes! This is such a fun read. It would make the perfect book to snuggle up with on a blustery day with a cozy blanket and cup of tea.
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on May 19, 2016.