Monday, 17 October 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #194
The Far Side of Paradise - Robyn Donald
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills & Boon, 2011
From the back cover:
"Her awakening in paradise
Instead of the heartless seductress Cade Peredur expected, Taryns blue eyes reveal an innocent sweetness clouded by private mystery. Determined to gain her trust and find out the real story, Cade sweeps her away to the dreamy tropical island of Falaisi, and finds himself unprepared for the raw, passionate power of their steamy nights!
A disastrous engagement has left Taryn wary of men, but Cade stirs feelings shes never known before. However, when Cades identity is revealed, will Taryns paradise fantasy be washed away with the Pacific tides?"
It's another Modern, I'm afraid! this is one I found in my local library.
The hero Cade is desperate to find out the reasons why his foster brother committed suicide, and the only person who can give him answers is Taryn, the heroine. Taryn has just returned to her home country of New Zealand and is still feeling sad after the suicide of one of her friends. When she meets Cade, whom tells her he is there on holiday, she feels attracted to him but is also a little wary of him. Taryn was engaged when she was younger but it ended badly and has left her very cautious when it comes to men. Cade has come to New Zealand with the intention of getting Taryn to trust him in order to try and get her to reveal the truth, he does not tell her who he is, but he was not expecting to feel the intense attraction towards her. He offers Taryn some temporary work and takes her to the beautiful Polynesian islands where they begin to get to know one another. Taryn seems to be nothing like what he was expecting and they both soon find out that the desire between them cannot be ignored.
This is an enjoyable book. It is full of lots of sexual tension between the hero and heroine as well as some very emotional moments. The most beautiful part of this book is the wonderful descriptive quality of Robyn Donald's writing about the paradise setting. Which is great, but this is a romance...
I didn't really 'get' the hero's motivations. And having him blame Taryn for something when the actual reason was really obvious, well, as plot holes go that's a biggie! I liked the heroine, she is very likeable and down to earth, definitely the saviour of this book. I also liked the gradualness of the developing relationship, it was very satisfying to read.
Not perfect, but an enjoyable book.