Series: Senses #2
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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A little birdie tells Hope Buchanan that American hotel developer Sullivan O’Dare isn’t just in town for a holiday. As the manager of Hot Tropics Bird Sanctuary, Hope has more than a vested interest in protecting natural habitats.
Hope pulls out all the stops to convince Sullivan to come out with her to the WA bush, with its beautiful trees and unique wildlife. Surely the stunning scenery and a dose of ‘Broome time’ will show him what is at stake. But what is initially about saving the Sanctuary soon becomes about finding a connection. Could it be that Hope has finally found the bird of a feather to form her own flock?
I was a bit on the fence about whether to give this a three star rating or a four, so I rounded up. I tend to really like Australian writers, I’m not sure why, they just have a very appealing writing style, so this book was a no brainer for me to pick up. So one of the things that stood out to me the most about this Australian writer is that she seems to have a great ability at painting a picture, it was easy for me to picture the hot springs that she was describing as well as the different birds that the characters were looking at. I can’t tell you how much I like when an author is able to paint me a picture with words.
I liked the storyline dealing with construction versus the environment, you have two characters on the opposites sides of the fight, coming together and having a good time together. So Hope is big on birds, well big might be an understatement, and she’s all about trying to keep the birds environment from being overrun with new developments, like the hotel Sullivan wants to build. Thankfully Sullivan is willing to let Hope show him the world she is trying to protect, even though he might be more interested in her than the environment.
I really liked the time they spent together, they have kind of a good synergy together, there is a nice push and pull between them. Plus the chemistry is spot on. My big issue with the romance between Hope and Sullivan is that it’s so quick. I have no problem with the physical relationships and flirty relationship developing quickly, but it felt like a switch flipped and suddenly they were in love, it was too much to fast. I wish the book had been a bit longer and there had been more time to develop the relationship, it would have let the characters feelings feel a little bit more organic.
There’s some good action scenes in the book, and Hope has some events from her past that make her a more complex character that I enjoyed. I enjoyed the surprise person that showed up to put a wrinkle in Sullivan’s time in Australia. There is a lot of talk about birds in the book, so if you aren’t a fan of the environment or animals, then I don’t think this is a book you would enjoy. But if you are one of those people, then I think you’ll enjoy having the issue being the backdrop for a romance.