A surprise vacation that offers more than relaxation…
College Senior Kayla Cannon has a plan: obtain her R.N. license and begin the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Focused on studies, Kayla has zero time for romance. And everything falls into place until she goes on vacation to Kauai, and tour guide, Kai Hale, keeps showing up with his swoon-worthy abs. Kayla’s perspective changes once she gets to know Kai better. But one thing holds firm; her V-card won’t be handed over so easily. Or will it?
Infatuation or first love? Either way, are they strong enough to survive the impossible…
Kai Hale is living the life — tour guide by day, playboy by night. At the age of twenty-four, he has no aspirations for settling down. That is until a sexy brunette shows up on his tour. He can’t get the pesky mainlander out of his head. And running into her everywhere isn’t helping. When fate lands them together, he decides to take a chance — even if that chance risks breaking his heart in the end.
First of all, I want to tell you that I read this book with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, as buddy read, you can check out her review here. Then, WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS MONTH?!
I didn’t like this one… I’m so sorry, because I really thought that a romance in Hawaii would be amazing, but it just didn’t work for me.
The writing was OK-ish, nothing stood out in either a good or bad way, though there were some repeated sentences that just didn’t make much sense to me at some points. Also, I need to say a word about the names… Kai and Kayla are way too similar =/.
My biggest problem here were the characters, I just couldn’t connect with either of them. I found Kayla very inconsistent and in the end, I still think she wasn’t totally fleshed out. Kai is portrayed as a player from the start, but he falls faster than anyone else I ever saw. The instalove in this book is ridiculous! I’m ok with instalust, but this was much more. These 2 were saying how deep their feelings were after a few days of being together and not knowing each other well at all.
The relationship between them is fast and intense, but not in a good way. Most of their thoughts about each other revolve around how hot the other one is, and not about the deeper and more important stuff that actually makes a person. This is particularly bad in Kayla’s case, a girl that in the first chapters were saying how she needed to have deep feelings for someone to give herself over… well… it only just took a look at Kai’s abs and she was ready! (-_-)’
I was not a fan of this.
The story and plot have 2 major points besides the romance, and I think that one of them was not done properly at all. At some point, this very huge thing, takes a backstage to “Kai Kai Kai“, and it really shouldn’t have. The second plot point could have been handled better too, and I was kind of hoping for it to go a little deeper, but unfortunately that was not the case.
There there’s some very unnecessary drama, and I’m still not sure what happened at some points in this book, because those actions made no sense to me.
I did like the descriptions of the island of Kauai, and I wouldn’t mind going there at all! 🙂
All in all, this was another disappointing read, and I can’t really recommend it to anyone. So, proceed at your own risk ;-).