2016, 220p, Clean Contemporary Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy via I Am a Reader for an honest review
Lani has lived in Hana, Hawaii for five years. She’s learned to surf, fish, dive, and manage her grandmother’s bed and breakfast. She’s also learned to take one day at a time the way it should be taken—relaxed and unrushed, savoring every moment.
But, like a large wave on the brink of breaking, her life is about to crash out of control. A proposal of marriage, a conniving grandmother, a cryptic Asian woman, and a handsome guest, and suddenly everything calm begins to churn, everything clear becomes confused, and all that was normal segues into peculiar.
As Lani struggles against the current to hold her ground, she realizes that she can either continue to fight and eventually lose, or take a take a leap of faith, hold her breath, and ride the wave wherever it takes her.
***This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series that features one recurring character—the match maker—but it is a STAND-ALONE novel.***
This is the second book in the Matchmaker series. Rachael Anderson is one of my favorite authors so I was excited to read this one and it didn't disappoint!
Lani moved to Maui five years ago to help her grandmother with her bed and breakfast and enjoyed island living so much that she stayed. Her boyfriend, Derek, is pressuring her to return to California so they can get married and she's planning to do that after one final summer.
Easton is a guy who travels around a lot. He dates plenty but always manages to escape without saying goodbye and has no plans to settle down anytime soon. He comes to Maui and Lani's grandmother decides it's time to fix up the private bungalow and rent it out to him. Pearl, the matchmaker, has been staying there and her visit keeps extending as guests mysteriously cancel their reservations so there's always an open room for her.
I loved this book! It was fun to see Pearl a bit more. She was in the background but was there as needed and it was funny to see how her stay kept getting extended. Easton and Lani got off to a rocky start. Lani was finally ready to marry Derek and didn't want her attraction to Easton to get in the way. Easton was handsome and charming and such a fun character! Lani was kind and gracious and fit right in with the locals. She did a good job standing up for herself and took her time to figure out what she wanted. I enjoyed their scenes together and kept hoping they'd figure things out.
As far as visiting Hawaii goes, I've only been to Maui and it was many years ago, so it was fun to read about Hana and island living. It seems so calm and relaxing, provided all major life decisions are made prior to going. This is a great addition to this series and I am looking forward to reading more!
A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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