Not so satisfying | Book Review: Love Trip by Alexa Darin

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Published on October 24, 2016 by Top Down Publishing, LLC.

Genre: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: ★★

Goodreads//Amazon

Synopsis:

Taylor Grant thinks she has life all figured out. But when her longtime boyfriend says goodbye via a few scribbled words on the back of a coffeehouse napkin, she begins to doubt everything she ever knew about love and relationships. What she needs now is time to refocus and regroup…somewhere far, far away from the man who broke her heart.

After Texas cowboy Cole McKenzie finds his wife in the arms of another man, he goes in search of a new life, somewhere where he won’t be reminded of his wife’s infidelity. The Caribbean island of St. John seems the perfect place to start over. That is until he runs into city-gal Taylor Grant.

Taylor isn’t ready for a new love. Cole has a secret he isn’t ready to share. Can escaping to a tropical island heal all wounds, or will Taylor’s past show up in paradise and make her an offer she can’t refuse?


Review:

(Source: I would like to thank the publisher and Net Galley for providing the review copy. This will not affect my reviews.)

A love story set in Caribbean Bay, when Taylor Grant wants to take a break from her life in Seattle she went to visit her sister. This short vacation changed her whole perspective in life and to be with the person whom she really loves.

What attracts me the most in the story is that its concept is about self-discovery, sisterly love, and true love. The characters in the story is imperfectly beautiful that I’m sure everyone could relate to. Paula, her younger sister, is funny and more matured than her elder sister. She lives in Caribbean right after she caught her ex-boyfriend cheating. The relationship between Paula and Taylor are so close that she is also her bestfriend. Taylor’s life in Seattle is somewhat a “perfect life” since she’s an Attorney and her job sustained her well (minus the fact that her boyfriend cheated). While Cole, who she met first in Caribbean, is very intriguing and his life seems exciting since he lives in the island.

Throughout the story, the character development is compelling because of their past life experiences and how they changed for the better. How living in the island could make you want to have a simple life. But it is not an overly dramatic story that you could teary eyed but it will melt your heart. The pacing is irresistible that you can’t put the book down.

However, what I didn’t like in the story is that the author seems like she wants to finish the story with a happily ever after that doesn’t fit well in the story. When Peyton, Taylor’s ex-boyfriend shows up and everything is a mess for her, the story became serious and riveting. She started to contemplate her life in the city or in an island. Then suddenly, it became perfect ending. Plus, the ending is a jumbled mess for me too, I want MORE. There’s so much explanation needs to be done.

Settings:

Caribbean Bay

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