Release Date: Oct 29, 2019
Series: Summer Island
Heat Level: Sensual
Imprint: Avon Books
Readers are transported back to Summer Island just in time for a White Christmas sprinkled with romance.
Lila is inn-sitting for her sister Meg. While she believes she has everything under control, she is startled that there are plans to tear down the trees and build houses. She bumps heads with the developer who also happens to be a friend of her sister. She is willing to do whatever to derail his plans to destroy the land.
Beck finds himself at odds as he tries to reason with Lila. He is not willing to go down without a fight but the weather did put a halt in his plans for now. While they brave snowstorms and cold conditions, Beck uses the time to try to persuade Lila to stop running interference with his job. The more time he spends around her, the more he likes her.
The story itself is fine on its own. I think I am a little more invested in the town than the characters at this point. Lila is okay as a heroine but she did drag her feet when it came to compromising with Beck. I almost wanted him to throw in the towel but when they came together it was cute.
What really saved the story is the Christmas theme throughout. I love how they went tree shopping and the winter presence was strong. Beck really did put the best effort forward for Lila.
I’m not sure where the author is going with some of the side characters. There is one in particular whose story is more serious than I like. There are a lot of adult issues to be tackled in these books for sure. I guess that is why I don’t read them as traditional romances but maybe more of women’s fiction.
Overall, a cozy read to get readers into the holiday spirit.