Kisses Series, book 2
Category: Contemporary Romance
Overall Rating: 3
- Captivation: 3
- Sizzle: 3
- Romance: 3
- Enjoyment: 2
- Literacy: 3.5
Book Description: The older sister of Emma LaRue wasn’t looking for love. In fact, the last thing Kaylee LaRue thought as she attended her sister’s Caribbean wedding was that she would meet a man as confident as Owen Parker. The suave businessman oozed charm, and when that charm was directed at Kaylee, it gave her pause. She couldn’t be sure if the man was actually interested in her or just interested in a good time.
In reality, Owen Parker had never met anyone like Kaylee LaRue. The quiet girl from Iowa made him forget to breathe the first time he saw her. When he tried to work his magic, her wit proved to be a match for his, and his charms had no effect. He knew what it looked like- she probably thought that he wanted to have a vacation tryst with her just as Jack Saunders had with Emma. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Kaylee tried hard not to yield to his advances, but their last night in the Caribbean was simply magical. After a passionate night spent in the arms of Owen, Kaylee ruefully observed that there was no fake wedding to keep the two of them together. As she flew home, she thought it’d be back to the same old life for her. She never expected Owen to show up at her door.
However, this small town girl wasn’t sure she was ready to change for this city boy. When Kaylee tried to fit into Owen’s world, everything came crashing down. In the blink of an eye, what seemed like a strong foundation suddenly found itself built on a pillar of sand. Would their relationship blossom like Jack and Emma’s, or would the two of them forever be haunted by the memories of rainwater kisses?
Captivation: I struggled to get into this book from the start. The book starts out similar to the first of this series, then turns into an unrealistic Cinderella like story with a rather frustrating set of main characters.
Sizzle: Though I have enjoyed Lakes’ sex scenes in the past, This one was not impressive for me. I think it was the story itself that caused so much struggle for me to enjoy this feature.
Romance: Owen does do some fantastic feats to romance Kaylee initially, and quickly that just falls away.
Enjoyment: The story itself is similar to the first book, with a change in scenery and personalities. The problem I have with this book is with the resolution of the major conflict. I cannot express enough how much I disliked how the conflict was resolved.
Literacy: The strange similes continue to abound in this book. Lakes’ relates unromantic phrases or actions to romantic situations that completely caused the opposite effect than intended for those scenes. There were also several edit and grammar errors that would have been easily overcome with any standard software edit check.
Overall, I truly disliked the resolution for the conflict on this one. I can’t even get beyond that to comment on the rest of the book.