Luck. Lust. Love.
Wedding planner Isabel Ruiz is cursed. Her hometown of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico agrees, considering her tragic track record. Alone and loveless, she creates fairy-tale weddings for others. Her only distraction? The occasional anonymous fling. So to avoid further tragedy, her rule, one–night–only, is never broken…
Self-made millionaire Zack James is in town for his brother’s wedding, when a sudden spell of depression hits. Maybe burned out by his fast and luxurious lifestyle? Not even his two female companions hold any interest.
That is, until he meets Isabel.
She humbles and captivates him, reigniting his thirst for life. With her, Zack feels more alive than ever. To his delight—and her dismay—they share a deep bond, a sensual connection, and one mind-bending night.
Zack must have her – to complete him. And Isabel must escape him – to save him.
Their game of catch and chase leads to lust-turned-love. For Isabel, it's fate’s cruelest joke. But Zack won’t quit, positive he’s the cure to her curse. Can he convince her to risk everything with him? Or will it all go south…in paradise.
Hot hot hot. As if the weather wasn't scorching enough.
Both Zack and Isabel are attractive, interesting characters. The depth of their connection however stood in very stark contrast to the sometimes vulgar language Zack uses in his inner monologues when thinking of Isabel. (Even though, when others use the same words, Zack gets offended.) Somehow the passion he describes sounds dirty and sometimes even disrespectful instead of loving, despite the intense and meaningful bond they claim to share.
So it took me a while to really connect to Zack's character. Until about halfway through when he started opening up. His confrontation with Bennet and his conversations about him with Isabel showed both this character better, as well as the connection between him and Isabel. Up until this point they had mentioned their 'click', but it took me until this halfway point before I actually felt it too - just as tangible as their physical attraction was from the start.
Even though I struggled with the contradicting passion on the one hand and the vulgarity on the other, this was a HOT, addictive read - surprisingly hopelessly romantic. With a destination wedding and family relationships playing a big role.
It almost made me believe in fate myself ;-)
About the author: Contemporary romance writer Rissa Brahm grew up in New York and has since lived in all four corners of the United States, and beyond. e beautiful paradise of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico—the core setting of her hot & heartfelt debut series, Paradise South—is Rissa’s most recent and beloved home.
When not chained-by-choice to her MacBook, she is embarking on out- door adventures with her husband and little girl, laughing to tears with a good rom-com, eating amazing Indian food with something chocolate for dessert; reading good, hot scorchers in bed; biking, long walks, and yoga; zoning out to killer music from across the decades and the globe; and getting lost only to discover a new exciting route home again. You can connect with Rissa on Facebook, Twitter or by email any time by heading to www.RissaBrahm.com.
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and one of the authors favourite books, 'Hearts in Darkness' by Laura Kaye