I’m Libby Dewitt and I live by the motto: “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” I’m finally about to start my dream life with my steady-as-a-rock fiancé, Richard Tomy. Together, we’re the perfect power couple—right down to the fact that he’s agreed to use our honeymoon to help further my career in mergers and acquisitions.
But ten minutes before the wedding, my dreams dissolve via text message.
Devastated and humiliated, I escape to Paradise Bay alone with two goals for my trip: to devise a plan to get Richard back, and to convince resort owner Harrison Banks to sell his property to my company. Unfortunately, when I arrive, I discover that tall, dark, and built Harrison is not about to make anything easy for me.
Instead, he derails my plans while, at the same time, bringing out a side of me I’ve kept carefully tucked away—a carefree adrenaline junkie. After a few days together, Harrison’s got me wondering if the life I always wanted was meant for some other girl.
I should go back to my comfortable, safe life, right? That would be the sensible thing to do. I can’t risk everything to live out some tropical fantasy with a guy I’ve just met, even if he is the only man who’s ever made me feel truly alive…
Dear Ms. summers,
So after starting at the end of this series with book 4, “Resting Beach Face,” I’ve gone back to the beginning. I liked it but not quite as much. As this is actually the first book, readers who didn’t snag the one I read can easily start here.
After living for six years as a child with her hippie vagabond mother, Libby Dewitt was left with her grandparents and has since grown to become the planner of planners with every day mapped out. She likes it that way. Now she’s on her way to her perfectly planned wedding to the perfect man she’s been dating for six years. Their life together will be perfect. Or so she thought before Richard texts to say he won’t be showing up at the altar. With the wedding nixed, Libby decides to head to the honeymoon where she had also planned on talking with the resort owner with an offer from her company to buy it.
Harrison Banks had to become, along with his Uncle, a partial parent to his two younger siblings when his parents died. Now he takes care of the family business, Paradise Bay Resort. The thought of a soulless corporation buying it and dismantling it for parts if they decide they can’t make money on it chills him. Thus he’s ignored the emails and letters from one Libby Dewitt. When the lady herself arrives and he has to rescue her from the number of drinks she’s downed (enough to make her drunk) he sees that she’s cute but he won’t let cuteness sway him. Nope, no siree.
Libby has a proposal for him though. One she hopes will save her job and get her the merger she needs to escape from her sexist boss. If Harrison will let her study the resort and comb through the financials, Libby will (honest, she swears!) either tell him it’s a lost cause for him or give him her best tips and ideas for how he can rev up the revenue. That’s going to require a lot of time together for the two of them. Everyone around them is convinced the sparks they see between Libby and Harrison are due to love but will the two of them be convinced?
Yeah, so I liked this one but as I said, not as much as “Resting Beach Face.” Libby doesn’t come across as quite as tightly wound as I thought she would and before the end of the book, she actually loosens up just a bit and begins to enjoy herself. When Dickhead comes trying to win her back (and we knew he would), we can all tell he’s truly not the one for her since he only appears because he thinks she has totally changed herself while Harrison wants her just as she is. I did like that she knows her business, knows how to study books, gather data, and crunch it all together to give her an excellent idea of the state of the resort.
Harrison is definitely not the type of man to take advantage of an inebriated woman but he will tease her a little the next morning even though he realizes she’s too hungover to remember what happened. Our hero lost some points with me there. As he gets to know her, he sees that she’s taking her time to try and do what she told him she would and he starts to fall for her. Maybe a bit too quickly though. I love that Harrison is devoted to the people who work at the resort and the kind of boss we all wish we had.
For me the romance was just too fast. Insta-lust? Oh, yeah they’ve got that. Hot sex? You bet. It’s smoking. But despite all that being a good start, I just didn’t buy a Grand Romance. Not just yet. The humor is (mostly) cute, the banter is light and breezy, the resort employees are a nice family yet even at the end of the “3 months later” epilogue, I would have been happier with a HFN. C+