Friday, September 25, 2015

review || HAWAIIAN HEARTBREAK by Libby Cole

Self-Published | August 29, 2015 | New Adult Romance
Hawaiian Heartbreak, book 1


What do you do when you meet someone who could be the love of your life, but to be together, one of you will have to give up everything?

Kayla had her life all mapped out, before her ex-boyfriend tipped her world upside down by cheating on her. But she's had her time licking her wounds. Now she's ready to take time out for herself on a dream vacation in Hawaii. If that won't pull the shattered pieces of her heart back together, nothing will.

What she hadn't planned on was falling for someone new. Especially someone tall, tanned, and distractingly sexy. What starts out as a fun holiday fling quickly turns into a full-blown love affair, with neither wanting to face up to the fact that the clock is ticking until Kayla has to return home.

{ about libby cole } .

Libby Cole was an avid fan of romance books before she decided to do what she loved, and become a writer of them too. Now you can usually find her in a cafe in her home town of Wellington, New Zealand, typing up her latest love story while having her fifth coffee of the day. 

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{ review } .

This is the debut effort of Libby Cole, and it's the beginning of a three-part serial.

I do think it's important to remember that this is only 33% of the story of Kayla and Jay. I think it's also important to remember that Kayla's on holiday and not looking for a fling, but she ends up with just that:

A fling.

As such, I felt that Libby Cole did an excellent job writing Kayla's character. After a nasty long-term relationship break-up back home in New Zealand, she takes a trip to Hawaii for a relaxing get-away, going on a trip to see things she wouldn't have done if she stayed in the relationship she was in. The very last thing she was expecting was to feel even a small amount of attraction for her tour guide, of all people. Kayla is realistic and while she decides that maybe a holiday fling with the cute Hawaiian guy wouldn't be so bad, she is fully aware that she is going home.

And then there's Jay. I rather liked him, regardless of his over-romantic ways. Jay was definitely the more romantic of the two; the moment he saw Kayla, he knew that he wanted to get to know her. Do I question his feelings? Maybe a little. But I am still interested in what else he has to say in this story.

Kayla and Jay have great chemistry. They're fun and young, and together they act very much like a young-twenty-something couple. They have their silly, witty puns (that surprisingly don't get annoying) and the time they spend together is fun. I do get a sense that Jay is hiding some things, and am curious about his story -- because as much as the man's a romantic, he doesn't share too much about himself (which is understandable; they've hardly just met).

This was a light, easy read. It was quick and I found myself sucked into it; so much so that when the ending came, I was a bit taken aback. I wanted more! I feel that Libby Cole has a good thing going with this little serial but kind of wish the entire thing was in between two covers, rather than three books.

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