So, this was an interesting book. I was totally intrigued by the premise. MC goes to secret fantasy island to search for her missing sister and is drawn in by the handsome and off-limits owner of the island. Throw in a little paranormal mystery, and get me some popcorn, because I was Ready for this one.
While I thought the audiobook narration was very good, and the plot definitely kept me guessing right up the end, I have to say, I was a little thrown off by the main characters. Overall, even though I got that they are super lusty and attracted to one another, I didn’t really feel a connection between them otherwise. The MC oscillates between “I must find my sister but Rook is so hot but he’s such an asshole” pretty repetitively, and I feel like I didn’t really see a whole lot of growth in their relationship throughout. I was totally ready for an enemies to lovers plot, or even just enemies with a connection and benefits kind of thing… but really they just seemed kind of angry with each other most of the time, and I found myself not really enjoying their interactions. Maybe there’s more character growth in the sequels, or it could just be a personal preference, but I didn’t particularly like either of the MCs.
However, the plot still definitely kept my attention and the writing was smooth. There were a lot of questions being raised and answered that I did not see coming, and I thought the paranormal tension was a refreshing addition that I wasn’t really expecting. This is a short snappy book, and I would recommend this to readers looking for a “enemies with sexual tension with a side of paranormal. Also, just a head’s up, there’s a lot of language, so if angry F-bombs make you cringe, this one’s not for you. (3.5/5 stars)
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Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publisher for this free ARC in exchange for an honest review! And thanks so much for reading!