Aria Philips has lived on Jewel Island all of her life. Even when her sisters Clover and Skye left its stunning shores for bigger and better things, Aria stayed to help her father run their family hotel.
A year after her father’s death Aria’s done everything she can to keep things afloat but the hotel has long been struggling to make a profit. With so few guests Aria risks losing the only home she’s ever had.
Noah Campbell earned his fortune from making hotels a success, and he also just happens to be staying on Jewel Island this summer. Could he be the answer to Aria’s problems? If only he hadn’t kissed her under the willow tree the year before and never called her again. It had been the most incredible kiss of her life, but clearly business and pleasure should never be mixed.
As gorgeous and charming as Noah may be, Aria vows to keep things professional while she seeks his help. But for the past year Noah has been keeping a secret and his return to Jewel Island is about to change Aria’s life forever…
In the time that we’re all living in at the moment, I can’t stress enough how much you all need to whisk yourselves away to Jewel Island immediately. The book cover is enough to know that this is a perfect getaway, when you’re in need of escaping your own mind and the world around us and I can also vouch that the book cover does justice on the island we are introduced to. Think of picturesque Summery days, small local businesses, crystal-clear waters, hidden beaches and a community filled with locals that you’re going to fall in love with.
Aria is such a loveable character, who takes a lot of pride in the family hotel she is running, however, she becomes very doubtful of herself when Noah returns a year later – after that one meaningful kiss – to help her run the hotel and improve it’s success. With his job being to make hotels a success, then sell them on – Aria struggled to trust him to start with and only assumed the worst, causing one too many misunderstandings and tension between herself, Noah and her twin sisters.
Despite Aria’s doubts, I never doubted Noah’s intentions to support Aria, as he never gave us a reason otherwise. He was quite clear and adamant that he was only there to support Aria and her sisters when needed and that he had no intentions of trying to sell the place, once repairs and renovations were in tact. I also knew not to jump to conclusions regarding the kiss one year before and him moving away, as there’s always a story behind every step we take and that was no different to Noah, he had to do what was right. The tension between him and Aria was juicy, to say the least, however, sparks were flying all over the place from the get-go and neither of them could ever try to deny it.
The secondary characters such as; Clover and Sky (Aria’s twin sisters) and Angel (Noah’s assistant) were great add on’s to an already wonderful story. I was especially intrigued to know more about Aria’s relationship with her sisters, as she was a fostered child and had always envied the relationship her sister’s had with one another, compared to with her. Clover and Skye wasn’t planning on sticking around long, however, the more time they spent at the hotel, the more they finally saw that this was their home and this was where they belonged. Thanks to Aria and Noah as well, they both got to make their dreams happen right there in the hotel, so everybody got exactly what they wanted. Plus, constantly hearing about Skye’s delicious treats, had me practically drooling and her ice-cream inventions, were the perfect recipes to her about on a hot, sunny day, as we’ve been having recently!
Holly treated us a little throughout the book, with a few surprise appearances of her other book characters. It was so lovely to see how they were all getting on and definitely made my day!
Another outstanding read from Holly herself – she always has the power to describe her stories with such immaculate descriptions, that you feel like you are right beside her characters and in the town’s that she creates. The perfect escapism filled with betrayal, love, forgiveness, grief, loss, change, community and a whole lot of sexiness! I can’t wait to see who’s story we’re going to hear next from Holly – finger’s crossed it’s one of the twin’s!