Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Review: Life's a Beach (Hawaii Heat #1) by Jamie K. Schmidt

When Amelia Parker arrives in Maui, newly single and unemployed, she’s shocked to discover the resort she booked is actually a ramshackle little beachside hotel. At least the scenery is easy on the eyes—as is the toned, laid-back snorkel instructor, “Dude.” After two weeks of sun, serenity, and mind-blowing sex, she even accepts a job as the hotel’s concierge. But what Amelia really wants is to relaunch the place completely. And that means convincing the absentee Wall Street billionaire owner, Samuel Kincaide, to take a chance on her.

Samuel has a plan, too: selling off every last reminder of his former life and chilling all day, every day as his slacker altar ego . . . Dude. He loves his romps in the ocean, and under the sheets, with the feisty Amelia. If she discovers his true identity, her boundless enthusiasm and innovative business plan will seriously diminish his hammock time. But when Amelia runs into real trouble on the island, he’ll put everything on the line to keep her safe. He just hopes that the woman who’s falling for Dude will feel the same about Samuel.


When I picked Life's a Beach up, I was hoping for a sweet romantic novel and that is exactly what I got. The story is very fast paced, it doesn't leave you a moment to get bored or have a wandering mind ... there is something going on at all times. And that's a great thing! There's nothing to be bogged down by and simply put, it's an easy read. 

I found myself really connecting with the main character, Amelia. This chick says all the things that go through my mind at one point or another but unlike her, I don't have the balls to say them. When you're first introduced to this character, you think she's going to be a pain in the ass with just her persona ... she seemed like one of those girls that would drive me nuts but the more I got to know her throughout the story, the more I really liked her. She has a tenacity about her that is admirable and she's sassy to boot! Speaking of characters, I really enjoyed the rapport between Samuel and Marcus. Those two had me rolling with almost every interaction between them. I just love them. 

Like I said before, the story was really fast paced and it is pretty cut and dry. What you see is what you get. This is one that would be perfect for a vacation read because you won't forget what is going on when you have to put it down for a bit and you can pick right back up where you left off. 

Maybe we should get down to why I only gave this novel three stars. It seems like I enjoyed it, right? Well, I did. At least I did until the ending. Ugh. The ending felt like a cop out. It was over so quickly that it felt like it was left unresolved. I think that a few more pages would have done the book more justice. This was a straight up, five star book for me until I got to the last part and it was like someone poured cold water over my head while I was in the shower. It was a let down. That being said, I wouldn't be opposed to reading something else by this author. Life's a Beach kept me entertained and I enjoyed the story. I just wish I enjoyed the ending as much as I did the beginning.

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

Available: January 5th, 2016

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