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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1979402272
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0761WZ2RC
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- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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Trish Hogan suffered a most brutal betrayal of trust at the hands of her high school boyfriend, Jackson Davis. Nine years later, she is still affected. When his sister, once her best friend, reaches out to her when he is badly injured, she is conflicted. Ultimately, her compassion overrules her anger, and she braves a hurricane to sit by his side at the hospital. They have a chance to talk, which ends with Trish deciding to join her roommate Kelli in her move to Hawaii.
The story picks up again a few months later, with Trish settled in her new job at a high end hotel. Imagine her surprise when Jax shows up as her next VIP guest. Forced to spend the week together, they finally get to face what happened in their past and how this affects their present. Finally looking toward the future, they are then confronted with a long-simmering plan for revenge.
Jax is filled with remorse and determined to right the wrongs of his past. He suffers through the pranks Trish pulls, showing his dedication. Trish, for her part, clearly struggles with her conflicting emotions. On the one hand, there is still an undeniable attraction, but on the other hand, she can’t simply shake the hurt from his past betrayal. The author does a great job describing this internal conflict and its manifestations. There is also some hilarious banter, both between Trish and Jax, but also with other characters.
To some it may seem as though Trish and Jax are rushing their reconnecting. However, given their innate connection and the amount of time they spend together during Jackson’s visit, the progression feels natural.
And then the chemistry… *fans self* It’s seriously hot! At some point we also learn how the pas has affected Trish’s approach to intimacy, and I liked Jax’ response to this.
Auli’I and Lani are wonderful supporting characters. They both help Trish in their own way and bring with them lovely Hawaiian wisdoms and customs. Benji adds a touch of humor and was also a fun addition.
Kelli, Trish’s roommate, is a bit of a different case. At first, she comes off as rather flaky and superficial, while being a supportive friend. As the story progresses, she becomes more dimensional, and Trish learns a few valuable lessons about friendship in general and theirs in particular. While this character may not be the most likeable, she is very important to the story development.
The way this story concludes is very satisfying, making for a wonderful second chance romance. Add the detailed descriptions of life in Hawaii, and you’ll have trouble putting this book down. It has definitely added to my resolve to someday visiting Hawaii.
Trish lives and works in Manhattan, has a boyfriend and lives with her some what best friend. Looking in from the outside you would think life is good for her. But for Trish it's anything but good her job is just one she's stuck at and she is always holding back when she knows she should be moving forward but she' s stuck in the past when she was wronged. Years of pain have made Trish a broken woman, scared to love and trust.
Trish never wanted to see or hear from Jax after what he had done to her. But when she gets a very unexpected call that Jax is in her local hospital alone and possibly dying. She reluctantly puts her feelings to one side to be at his side. What Trish didn't expect was that it would turn out to be so much harder to do than she thought.
Jax Davis wakes in hospital and is even more shocked at seeing the person in his room than waking up in hospital. Jax has always struggled with regrets at what he caused Trish, the girl he betrayed to go through. Trying to explain what happened turns out to be so much harder than he thought it would. When the nurse comes in to take him for a scan he ask's Trish to wait but when he returns she's gone.
Trish does what she does best she runs and hides to scared to face what she's thinking or feeling. She leaves Manhattan and moves with her friend to Hawaii. She wanted to put see Jax again far behind her, but he has other plans. When they are reunited and Jax tries with everything he's got to put their relationship back together, Trish is understandably reluctant to let him in. She is confused and frightened by the way he still makes her feel, still consumes her.
I confess I had mixed feelings for Jax at first. What he did to Trish was unforgivable, but not everything is as it seems. That being said I liked that she made him work for her forgiveness. It was his determination to atone for his actions, his tenderness and undying love for Trish that won me over. Especially the whole time they were Hawaii which by the way was beautifully written and the searching the ocean scene melted my heart. It was so clear that they belonged together, but there was so much that they needed to work through!
This book was a gripping love story about forgiveness, redemption and giving that second chance. The journey that both Trish and Jax went through was bittersweet and emotional. How they were able to come back to each other after years of being apart was so heartwarming and made this a truly beautiful read.
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As always, Jeannine delivers an off the charts fantastic, original, funny, sexy, soulful, impeccably written story that I...Read more