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Series: Perfect Kisses #3.5
Published by Entangled Bliss on June 16, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
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She’s in over her head and he’s in hot water…
Visiting her friends Ellie and Charlie in Hawaii was supposed to be a much-needed vacation for journalist Justine Simms. But when she learns the notoriously reclusive pro-surfer Chase Ryder is coming out of retirement for a competition, she knows she’s found the perfect exclusive to save her career. Of course, then she learns he’s the gorgeous, secretly nerdy guy who broke her heart a year ago.
Will Davenport—aka Chase Ryder—doesn't do interviews. He keeps his real name out of the papers and doesn’t mix his public life with his private. That is, until the still-heartbroken Justine blackmails him into giving her an exclusive. Seeing Justine, stunningly beautiful as ever, brings back all the feelings he had before. But despite their smoldering attraction, nothing has changed since he had to leave her the first time.
I reviewed the previous story in the series, Falling for Her Soldier, as part of my Birthday Thursday celebration earlier in the year – you can check that out by clicking here.
Charlie and Ellie were such a sweet couple, that when I saw that this series was to be continued, I was more than happy to grab a copy of Making Waves and read on. It also didn’t hurt that the book was set in Hawaii, and as I am going there at Christmas this year, I couldn’t help but get in the moment.
Here’s what I thought of Making Waves:
As much as I love reading series in order, and despite my love for the previous title, I think you could happily read Making Waves as a standalone. I think it is because it is a story set in the same world as the previous ones, but it is not being played out right on top of them – you don’t feel as if you are missing something.
Making Waves is a fun, summery beach read, perfect to spend a couple of hours with on a sunny afternoon. Before I read this, I heard someone describe it as “a perfect way to end a reading slump” – you know what, I’d have to agree.
The mix of secret identities, two people learning to trust each other and the gentle build of a romance definitely put a smile on my face. As I said earlier, the setting of Hawaii was most certainly a winner too. It is icy cold here in Melbourne, so I am trying to escape it by reading about warm places.
Justine and Will are such a lovely pairing, and watching them build the trust in each other that neither had was very sweet. I loved that they wanted to help each other get past their fears, and you can just tell by the way they are around the other, that these are two people meant to be together.
In keeping with the overall feel of the Bliss line, Making Waves is pretty low on the spice scale, but it didn’t need that to be a good romance. The focus was more on the emotional relationship, rather than the physical, and that worked for me in this case.
I’d love to see more from Ophelia London and her Perfect Kisses series – I am enjoying them immensely.