Friday, April 8, 2011

Review: Paradise Cove by Stephanie Haefner

Paradise Cove by Stephanie Haefner

Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Rating: 2



Paradise is nothing if you choose to enjoy it alone.

When Shelby Meyer jetted off for a relaxing week in Cancun, she never expected to fall in love with the quaint piece of Mexican heaven. Or make on offer to buy it.

The Paradise Cove, a run-down Cancun resort, is in desperate need of TLC. Shelby can easily envision the resort as it was in its heyday and sees its potential. She vows to do everything in her power to return it to its former glory.

Though the previous owners’ grandson, Gabriel, insists that she will destroy his family’s resort, and a neighboring resort owner doubts in her ability, Shelby’s resolve strengthens.

But when she finds her lists of repairs and the stack of bills piling up around her, hope begins to fade. Will she swallow her pride and accept Gabriel’s love and financial help, or be forced to give up her dream of Paradise Cove?

Warning: Contains brief sexuality.

Denise's Review

Shelby had no way of knowing a vacation to Cancun would change her life, or that she would end up a landowner. For whatever reason, the rundown Paradise Cove resort calls her home, prompting her to uproot from her bank teller job and relocate permanently to Mexico. She doesn’t anticipate stepping on anyone’s toes, and she definitely doesn’t bank on falling in love.

This is a very sweet story about finding love and happiness in unexpected places. I liked the author’s voice and look forward to seeing more from her in the future. She managed to interweave a more dreamlike tale that, while blended with hints of eroticism, was more about awakenings and going after one’s ambitions.

I do wish I’d heard more from Gabriel, the male lead. While his point of view is shown a few times, those breaks were brief and sparing. His motives were uncertain, and while I can appreciate that from a storytelling perspective, allowing him room to speak but cutting him off seemed odd. Likewise, I had a hard time connecting with Shelby, but overall the story’s romance was enough to carry it to the conclusion.

Anyone looking for a feel-good read should check out this novella.

3 ½ Tea Cups!

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