Hi there! Thought I’d warm things up a bit, sharing this fun beachy romance from Jamie K Schmidt. In LIFE’S A BEACH, Amelia Parker needs to get her groove back, and aims to do so with “Dude” the happy-go-lucky beachcomber she meets in Maui. Turns out, “Dude” is not who he claims to be. Will it be Surf’s Up, or Mahalo?
About the book:
Sex on the beach has never been so much fun! USA Today bestselling author Jamie K. Schmidt kicks off a series set in paradise with an irresistible tale of second chances, secret identities—and a connection that’s too sweet to miss.
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.
This is a sweet beachy read with a “can’t keep me down” gal on the personal and professional rebound. Amelia is about to celebrate her second anniversary with her trust-fund brat boyfriend, Jay, in Maui with a hard-earned vacation when she loses both her job and the cheating cheater all in a few hours. Packing up all her belongings, and her eccentric Aunt Zarafina, Amelia’s all ready to enjoy her all-inclusive vacay and perhaps kick start her life island-style.
While there, Amelia–a former concierge at a boutique hotel–sees the kitschy Palekaiko Beach Resort for it’s former glory. It’s now a bit run-down, and Amelia places the blame for that on the absentee owner the uptight and tightwadish Samuel Kinkaide. Amelia can’t help getting involved with the thin-stretched staff, and falling a bit for beachcombing snorkel instructor “Dude;” if only she knew Dude = Samuel.
This is a breezy read with some seriously fun moments. I liked the development of the love story between Amelia and Dude (and eventually Samuel). There are some great insights to island life, including great elements of dialect and the shady underpinnings of the mafia. I loved how Amelia took charge of her world, and built something good for herself. Her psychic Aunt Zarafina is a trip–and I adored the close bond they shared. I was glad that Amelia and Samuel were able to get onto the same page, and work together. LIFE’S A BEACH is set as the first in a series, but I suspect other characters will find love matches in the books to come. The sexytimes are yummy, and the plot is fun, fun, fun. I was able to soar through this in an afternoon.
About the Author:
Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn’t pan out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA). When not writing, Jamie relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry.
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