Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hawaiian Masquerade (Destination Billionaire Romance) by Rachelle J. Christensen

Lexi closed her eyes. The waves rolled in slowly, rhythmically, with a dependability that would never be doubted. Shawn had been her rock and they’d worked together with a rhythm that had kept their jobs and life in sync. Before Derek, she might’ve entertained a future with Shawn … but the dark-haired man with a camera bag slung over his shoulder had changed everything. 

When Lexi Burke escaped the remnants of a cold winter in Chicago for the beaches of Kauai, it wasn’t a random vacation. She left the hectic pace of Burke Enterprises behind with enough money to retire at age thirty-two, intent on settling into the idyllic existence of island life. Until she met local photographer Derek Mitchell—a talented man with a grudge against rich tourists.

From art night to snorkeling lessons, hiking, and chopping coconuts, Lexi can’t talk herself out of spending time with the handsome, hardworking man who knows the value of every dollar. She also can’t find a way to tell him the truth about herself. But then Derek is selected to help in a benefit at a masquerade ball as one of the eligible bachelors up for auction. Lexi must decide whether to wear a mask or unveil her true self and risk losing Derek’s trust and a chance at love.

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I have been loving these Destination Billionaire Romance books.  They are a quick romantic escape and in this case, it's a quick romantic escape to Kauai!  It made me almost desperate to be basking in the beautiful beaches and lush landscapes there.  Hawaii makes for the perfect romantic set up-  especially for an artist and a photographer!

Lexi and Derek are a fun pair.  I loved that the billionaire in this case was Lexi.  Even with all that money, she was down to earth and so conscientious of those around her.  Her desire to become a part of Kauai and the people there made her so endearing as a character.

Derek, who's life experiences have left him a bit jaded about people with money, is the perfect person to sit opposite of Lexi, the billionaire.  I really liked Derek and how he wanted to share his best with Lexi.

I kind of wish that there would have been some kind of suspense to draw this book out a bit more.  Rachelle is sort of a name for me in the romantic suspense genre and I love her books.  I really liked this one too, I just saw the potential of it becoming a bit more suspenseful but it didn't.  

As I said, this was a fun, diverting escape.  I enjoyed my time with Lexi, Derek and the supporting cast in Kauai!

Content:  Clean

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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