Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Life's a Beach by Jamie K. Schmidt

Book Description

When Amelia Parker arrives in Maui, newly single and unemployed, she's shocked to discover the resort she booked is actually a ramshackle little beachside hotel. At least the scenery is easy on the eyes—as is the toned, laid-back snorkel instructor, “Dude.” After two weeks of sun, serenity, and mind-blowing sex, she even accepts a job as the hotel's concierge. But what Amelia really wants is to relaunch the place completely. And that means convincing the absentee Wall Street billionaire owner, Samuel Kincaide, to take a chance on her.
Samuel has a plan, too: selling off every last reminder of his former life and chilling all day, every day as his slacker altar ego . . . Dude. He loves his romps in the ocean, and under the sheets, with the feisty Amelia. If she discovers his true identity, her boundless enthusiasm and innovative business plan will seriously diminish his hammock time. But when Amelia runs into real trouble on the island, he'll put everything on the line to keep her safe. He just hopes that the woman who's falling for Dude will feel the same about Samuel.

AVAILABLE: January 5, 2016

Amelia Parker planned on surprising her boyfriend of two years with a trip to Maui.  But when she gets fired for taking a vacation (one she put in for a year ago... can't you sue for somethings like that...?? idk) and arrives home early, she finds her boyfriend and favorite barista going at it on their bed.  Morning the loss of her favorite coffee place more than her boyfriend, Amelia (and her physic aunt) head out for two weeks of sun, beaches, and relaxation at a all-inclusive resort.  She doesn't expect to find a somewhat rundown resort or "Dude".

Samuel "Dude" Kincaide just wants to relax on the beach until he can sell this resort.  He wants nothing to do with the stress of working after witnessing his friend and mentor have a massive heart attack working on Wall Street.  So "Dude" enjoys just relaxing in his hammock drinking beers.  And Amelia seems to be messing up his plans.  These talks about what could be done to make the resort profitable and exciting again for guests are seriously killing his buzz, but he can't seem to keep his hands off Amelia.  

But when someone keeps sabotaging the new renovations, "Dude" realizes he would do anything to keep Amelia save and reveal who he really is...

But will she be able to get past his lie?? 

This book was just okay for me.  It was a quick, predictable read.  I found it lacking any "romance".  The "Dude" nickname annoyed me too...  I'm sure the author could of thought of a better one than that one.  Made me think of Jeff Bridges from The Big Lebowski.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

**I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.**

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