Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Date published: June 2011
ISBN: 978-1-60928-484-8
Contemporary romance
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher

Jocelyn Dupree has had a bad time. She lost her boyfriend, her job and had a crazy stalker almost rape her and she landed in the hospital. She’s now in Hawaii to relax and find her way back to a normal life after being in therapy and having to take drugs to get her through the day. Now, even though she’s under the watchful eye of a pretty over-bearing, protective brother, she starts working for his wife at her bakery and gets back into a normal life. She thinks that there is no room for a man until she meets Kai.

Kai is a sunny boy. Seemingly laid-back and care free. He’s sweet, handsome and the ladies love him. But since a girl broke his heart some months back, he hasn’t come back to the dating world, until he meets Jocelyn. He is completely bowled over by her, but her brother is warning him off and he learns that she’s had a hard time. He needs to go slow. But Jocelyn is addicting and they both have to learn to open up or lose each other.

This is the fifth book in the Harmless series and I have enjoyed each one. Ms. Schroeder writes a powerful, character driven story that pulls at your heart. Emotions are laid bare and the reader can fall into the characters and feel along with them. Ms. Schroeder sets this story in beautiful Hawaii and captures the sights, smells and atmosphere wonderfully. I wanted to pack my bags and get on a plane right away! The sexual tension hits right when Jocelyn and Kai meet and builds up each time. Finally they give in to the passion and the reader is left breathless along with these two lovers. Ms. Schroeder knows how to write beautiful, sensual, romantic love scenes. The secondary characters give the story life and humor and we meet some from the former Harmless books. I would have liked to have seen her raper turn up on the scene and have Kai beat him up…but still, I must admit to loving the groveling scene at the end. Melissa Schroeder is an author that is addictive and when you read one of her books, you will run back for more!

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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