HILO

HILO                                                            CLAIRE DONOVAN


 Maybe there is something special between Adam and me, but that doesn't mean we're guaranteed a happily ever after. Love and romance aren't always forever.

*** Brooklyn ***

I'm a spirited, athletic community college student from New Jersey, traveling to attend my mother's Hawaiian wedding to a wealthy land developer. If I meet a hunky man who piques my interest while I'm on the beach or in the pool, I might just take a chance...

You know the rest... when I hook-up with a gorgeous bronze surf instructor any caution remaining in me drops straight to the bottom of the sea...

I'm an eager audience for his sweet words. I'm convinced he adores my show-stopping red hair and my unsinkable style, on both land and water...

His lagoon blue eyes bedazzle me so completely that the word regret loses all meaning for me...

Until later that same night when I discover his father is the man marrying my mother...

And that he's escorting a tall gorgeous blond in a strapless sheath dress to the rehearsal dinner...

And that he still has enough brass in his balls to hit on me at the wedding reception...!

When I feel his molten arms around my waist, my blood heats up so quickly that I vent steam whiter than his dinner jacket into the blue night...

Just who does my new stepbrother Adam Seabrook think he is?

He even makes it impossible for me to scream at him in frustration. How can I, when our lips are locked together as tight as a chowder clam?

My best solution is to put a wide ocean between us. But my plan isn't dialing down my summery heat even one degree...

My heart argues: Give Adam a chance. My head answers: No stepbrother deserves a first chance, much less a second...

***Hilo is an XOXO Stepbrother MC Standalone Novel. HEA. No cheating. ***
 

 MY REVIEW:
     This book was surprisingly good.  I was much more than the salaciousness of the title, or at least what might be given.  The whole stepbrother romance angle.
     This was about Brooklyn Taylor, twenty-one, who goes to Hawaii to attend her mother’s wedding.  It’s not like they are super close since her mom moved to Hawaii and Brooklyn stayed in New Jersey with her dad where she is going to the school of design. 
     She really doesn’t know much about her mom’s fiancé except he is a billionaire who owns a string of hotels in Hawaii and San Francisco.  So, she has all of sixty hours of all expenses paid vacation by attending so she was all in.
     When she arrived, her suite was not ready yet.  So, she decides it would be fun to learn how to surf.  But after a royal cluster, it doesn’t work out.  Because they say after a lot of ribbing and not so fun teasing by Adam Seabrook, who had eyes for her and she for him, but also by his cousin, Dean-O, a royal pain in the ass, that she can’t swim because she has been drinking.  So, she storms off.
     After, a while Adam seeks her out where she is sunbathing. He asks her out for a round of miniature golf he says to determine how sober she is.  If she passes he will give her a surf lesson.  She does.  While out there surfing finally he kisses her and they really get into it.  When Brooklyn feels something rub up against her leg that feels like fire and razor blades all at once.  He right away gets her back up on her board to check out her leg.  He tells her they just encountered a scouter shark.  That before he brings his friends they need to paddle like hell back to shore. 
     He told her that was enough surfing for one day he cleans up her wound then told her he has a function to attend.  She says no problem.  He says tomorrow at ten.  She says sure.  Which was fine since she had the rehearsal dinner to attend.  You will never guess who was there and with a date.  Nope, no date for Dean-O although he was there.  Yup!  You got it.  Adam!  Brooklyn was hurt and spitting fire all at the same time. 

     See what happens to this intense young couple.  It’s fun and interesting.  I give this: 4 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

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