Series: Love in the USA #1
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Romance
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A trip to Martha's Vineyard turns steamy in this sexy
contemporary romance novel by Z.L. Arkadie.
Travel writer, Daisy Blanchard has just discovered the worst
news ever. Her boyfriend is now engaged to her best friend! And to
add insult to injury, she learned about the blessed event through a Facebook
status update. Daisy escapes her life in shambles by accepting a last
minute assignment to Martha's Vineyard where she immediately catches the eyes
of billionaire Belmont Jaxson Lord.
Thanks to Belmont's relentless pursuit, they fall hard and
fast for each other. However, Belmont has a secret that’s revealed after Daisy
receives an unexpected and unwelcomed visit from the last two people in the
world she wants to see. Their steamy love affair comes to a grinding halt. But
it was the hand of fate that led him to find her—will the same force of nature let
him keep her?
This is not your mother’s romance novel. This story is sexy
and sensual, and is for those who can handle it.***There's Something About Her, A Manhattan Love Story (Love in the USA, Book #2) - Coming December 6, 2013
So I liked the kind of premise for this book, or rather there were a lot of little elements that I thought would be interesting in a story. First of the main character, Daisy, is a travel writer (and who doesn’t want to be a travel writer), who is reeling from a terrible betrayal/breakup between her now ex and would-be best friend. So what does she do, she leaves town. I liked the idea of kind of getting away and throwing yourself into work after a bad breakup.
So Daisy gets to Martha’s Vineyard and basically almost immediately runs into this guy, Belmont. He invites her to a party. She blows him off. He happens to be at the grocery store she is at, they have a cute little connection, and the before you know it he’s like making out with her. At his birthday party, it honestly kind of seems like Belmont’s brother ruffies Daisy, but it is never really address, and just felt weird.
After the party Belmont and Daisy becoming inseparable. Like having sex all the time, all over the place. It reaches the level of being completely unbelievable because it’s literally all they do. Have sex, two lines of dialogue, sex, move into the bathroom, more sex, drive for five minutes, sex, sleep, sex, it’s just like seriously? There is no real emotional connection between them and it’s just truly bizarre.
And then the ex shows up with the ex-best friend (understandable and expected plot development), but then at dinner the ex-best friend reveals Belmont is a “gigolo”. It was like seriously bizarre and weird. And of course, it turns out everyone but Daisy knows he is a gigolo, or was a gigolo. And everyone is cool with it, like even Daisy’s mom. It was just so strange.
Also about half way through the book the author’s voice for Daisy kind of changes. Suddenly Daisy starts to sound much more immature then she did at the beginning of the book, even her phrasing became more naive and immature. The book definitely had potential, and I really wanted to like it, but it just did not come together.