Life’s a Beach by Jamie K. Schmidt

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ Reviews 1st November 2015
Life’s a Beach by Jamie K. SchmidtLife's a Beach by Jamie K. Schmidt
Series: Hawaii Heat #1
Published by Loveswept on January 5th 2016
Pages: 223
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three-stars

When Amelia Parker arrives in Maui, newly single and unemployed, she’s shocked to discover the resort she booked is actually a ramshackle little beachside hotel. At least the scenery is easy on the eyes—as is the toned, laid-back snorkel instructor, “Dude.” After two weeks of sun, serenity, and mind-blowing sex, she even accepts a job as the hotel’s concierge. But what Amelia really wants is to relaunch the place completely.

And that means convincing the absentee Wall Street billionaire owner, Samuel Kincaide, to take a chance on her.   Samuel has a plan, too: selling off every last reminder of his former life and chilling all day, every day as his slacker altar ego . . . Dude. He loves his romps in the ocean, and under the sheets, with the feisty Amelia. If she discovers his true identity, her boundless enthusiasm and innovative business plan will seriously diminish his hammock time. But when Amelia runs into real trouble on the island, he’ll put everything on the line to keep her safe. He just hopes that the woman who’s falling for Dude will feel the same about Samuel.

Amelia Parker loses her job, her apartment and her boyfriend in a day…and she finally takes herself down to Maui for a little time alone to lick her wounds, and finds a lot more than she bargains for. Jumping into a quick 2-week affair with ‘Dude’, the beach bum persona who is really a rich Wall Street guy in disguise, she soon finds herself working at the hotel he and his brother owns. The deception however, continues quite a way bit longer especially when it becomes clear to ‘Dude’ that the last thing Amelia wants is yet another rich guy who can’t be trusted.

But that’s really just the start of what I thought of as all very…odd, to be frank.

There’s the very exotic locale of Maui that makes up the appealing bit, but I felt that ‘Dude’ (as likeable and charming as he is) and Amelia (who was…ok, just not a standout) were somehow ‘off’ in the way they fit together, even with the surprising amount of smut between them. Amelia’s almost non-reaction to Dude’s deception was equally unexpected just as I was bewildered by Dude’s hesitation to place himself in any situation that would cause himself the least bit of stress. And there’s also a lot of wrangling and the inner workings of the tourism/hospitality business which came out of the left field, all ending up as a strange game of chess and petty financial manoeuvrings that somehow coalesced into an abrupt HEA.

three-stars

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