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This is a great book! It was interesting and kept me hooked all the way to the conclusion. The characters are well developed and very likable. I love romantic comedies and this one was great!
The narrator did an outstanding job bringing the story to life. Her voices were perfect and easy to tell who was talking. Great intonation.
There are no cliffhangers and it does conclude with a HEA. It is part of a series but you could read as a stand alone. I loved her first book and this one is just as good.
This is a very talented author and I'm looking forward to her next book.
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
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Four years ago, Ellie Green left her home on the island of St. John to pursue an ecology degree at the University of Costa Rica. Spending those four years teaching tourists the joys of protecting the rain forest and reduce reuse recycling left her fulfilled, but after a dishonest professor stole her funds she's left without a degree or tuition. Ellie returns home to St. John only to find her childhood home near ruin and her childhood crush Ryan Andersen ready to bulldoze the property to build a massive casino.
The casino project is Ryan's last effort to regain control of his finances and more importantly, earn his father and uncle's respect. He's determined to do just about anything to accomplish both dreams. Ryan hasn't seen Ellie since she was a spunky little girl, and he's surprised to see she's grown up to be gorgeous and sweet. When they're forced to pretend to be engaged, neither seems to mind.
I really enjoyed this sweet romance, it was a nice tropical escape. The characters are fleshed out well, Ryan is vulnerable and charming, while Ellie is fun and endearing. Ellie's Gran is a crackup and I can just picture her striking a disco pose! I loved the ploy the author used to keep Ryan and Ellie close by each other in the beginning. I did wonder why a security conscious family like the Andersens with so many bodyguards would invite a known kidnapper to all the family events, but it didn't detract from the story.
The narrator was great, her pace, tone, and pitch were perfect. She gave each character a distinct speaking voice. I was provided a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I'll be keeping an eye out for more by this author and narrator!
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This was about getting past your fear and trusting someone else with your feelings and heart. This is a heart warming tale and my favorite character has to be Ryan. He is not what you expect him to be and his past ruled how he behaved. But as he got to know Ellie he changed. It is also about family which I loved and you get a bit of a surprise which I did not see coming and neither did the characters. There is a reason why they behaved the way they did.<br/>You think you know where the book is heading and then the author surprises you. I didn't find it as funny as I thought it would be, but there were moments that made me smile. I would still recommend this book to those who love romance.<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this review copy audio book at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator
Keeping in mind that this is not a very long book, it has a little bit of everything you might expect in a billionaire romance plus a little extra. You have the billionaire (of course), except that Ryan is a little more vulnerable and human that the usual billionaire protagonist. You have Ellie who is a delightfully quirky, unsophisticated and trusting woman with environmental tendancies and a massive heart. Then you have the beautiful island setting which isn't the stage for a seduction, as you might think. In fact it has the potential to be the lynchpin in this accidental romance. Throw in your typical rich wannabe girlfriend, complicated relatives, a pair of sturdy handcuffs (not of the sexy variety), a little globe trotting, a bit of humour and you have a neatly packaged story. Overall it is easy to listen to and sweet.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.