A money-driven workaholic finds his life turned upside-down when he travels to Darwin Island and loses his heart to an island goddess. Original....
|Title||:||Blame It On Paradise|
|Number of Pages||:||352 Pages|
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Blame It On Paradise Reviews
This is a sweet escape to the South Pacific and Nahant Island, Massachusetts. It is seriously Crystal Hubbard's best book to date. A Boston attorney learns that money doesn't make you rich from an island woman who isn't what he thinks she is at first. Crystal Hubbard's ability to create settings you can immerse yourself in and her witty dialogue is what makes her books so good. She's a great storyteller.
Usually, I approach interracial romance writing with more than a soupçon of caution. This is because I'm never in the mood for certain things, like: being beaten around the head and shoulders of why IR is a good thing (it is! I know! Or I wouldn't read the book!), or the writer tries to be too 'worthy' or the book is in dire need of an editor because it lacks pace, or there are grammatical errors as well as wonky sentence mechanics or all of the above.Thankfully, this book has none of these attributes. I'm pleased to say that Crystal Hubbard is a fine writer, with a sure, strong sense of style.The story is as follows: Jackson DeVoy is a lawyer - and he's all about the money - coming from a hard scrabble background with his immigrant dad raising him in the rough parts of Boston - Jackson's drive, skill and ambition makes him one of the best lawyers around - and his boss sends him to the island of Darwin (located in the South Pacific) to meet up with JT Marchand so that he can get exclusive rights to a miracle mint tea that promises to shed pounds, without excessive dieting.On the island, while trying to pin down an interview with the elusive JT Marchad, he's blind sided by Lina, an island native. Jackson then is called to Boston before he has a chance to say goodbye.Later, Lina turns up in Boston, and she tries to live in Jackson's world, as well as fighting off feelings for the man, because Lina has responsiblities and ties to her homeland too.The crux of the story is this: will Jackson realise that Lina is his everything? Will Lina stay and be a distant second in his life - despite the fact that she has ties to her island?Luckily for us, the characters' journey to do the right thing is a touching and enjoyable one, and a story that I enjoyed on every page. I literally couldn't put the book down.What Ms. Hubbard does right is characterisations: very deft, very cunning. You think that you might know Jackson, that driven lawyer who think if he works hard enough, and plans well enough, he can have everything - but is baffled by the one thing he never planned on having. Lina is exotically beautiful yes, but unaffected by her beauty, but not in the passive aggressive way that typical romantic heroines tend to be. Of course, there's a nod to the fact that Lina and Jack are different races, and how there may be hiccoughs in an IR relationship in terms of what people see, but at the end of the day, its the relationship that the characters have between each other that takes centre stage- and that's a refreshing take by an IR writer (or probably things have improved in this field since the 1990s early naughties? Whatever, I'll take it).Ms Hubbard is brilliant, and I'm sure we'll be seeing her moving towards general romantic suspense like the Roberts and Brockmanns of this world.A+ story, would read again.
An Island Treat“Blame It on Paradise” is Mrs. Hubbard second interracial romance novel. She takes us on a beautiful tour of a South Pacific Island and weaves quite an intriguing romance. Once again I fell in love with her characters from the very first chapter. I was thoroughly caught up in the heat and attraction between Lina and Jack. Jack is definitely a man with his priorities askew. Can Lina show him what’s truly IMPORTANT in life and get him to open up and be the passionate and carefree man she came to know on her island?!! Or will he continue to believe that ONLY money can provide his EVERY happiness?!!~~~~~~~Although, “Blame It on Paradise”, lacks the humor that I so enjoyed in “Crush”, it definitely has far more HOT & SPICY love scenes that will keep you turning the pages. And even though it is a bit more serious and subdued it is still quite an entertaining read. This novel definitely puts more emphasis on the interracial differences between the couple, yet, it still doesn’t beat you over the head with it, like in some novels. I also felt “Blame It on Paradise” provided me with more closure than “Crush”, after reading “Crush” I felt like I was left wanting just a little more when it ended. But with this novel all the “loose ends” were nicely tied together to give you a COMPLETE romantic treat. I also enjoyed the brief update on Miranda and Lucas.~~~~~~~I have to say of all the novels Mrs. Hubbard has written, the “Winters Family Series” is still one of my ALL time favorites! That being said I will ALWAYS keep an eye out for her upcoming novels because she has yet to disappoint!
I was very tempted to copy my review of Many Shades of Gray for this book. It's very hard to say that I liked a book, but hated the two main characters. There were SO many times when I wanted Jack and Lina to be real people, just so I could slap them for blatant stupidity. I won't go into the details. You'll have to read them yourself. That being said, the it was overall a good book and was completely redemmed by a nice sappy epilogue. I am a sucker for epilogues and can forgive many an indiscretion when I get a Happily Ever After.
Women can be strong. They can command respect. They can be intimidating. All this and more without using sex. Jack learns a name is not all telling when dealing with an unknown. Lina proves that being the best is not always conducive to ones heart.
Really good ending...
I really love this book the story line keep me on the edge.