248 pages ~ ★★★☆☆ ~ Netgalley eARC
Libby Dewitt always has a plan, for all aspects of her life; until just before her dream wedding to Richard he dumps her, via text. Humiliated Libby heads off on what should have been her honeymoon (which she has also planned to double up as a work trip) to come up with a new plan to win Richard back. Arriving in Paradise Bay, Libby is quickly reminded that if she wants to progress at work she’ll need to put her feelings about Richard to one side and concentrate on her reason she booked that location, to initiate an acquisition of the struggling resort by conglomerate GlobalLux; in order to do that she’ll need to spend plenty of time in the company of owner Harrison.
I really enjoyed the way the characters were written, particularly the side characters, Harrison’s employees and Libby’s infuriating colleagues all really added to the humour, however I did have some problems with the main characters, for me they both felt a little exaggerated, particularity at the start. Obviously this makes Libby’s character journey feel more pronounced but it took me a while to like her and personally for this style of romantic comedy I need to be able to get behind the protagonist and root for her from the start to love a book.
The book opens with a few emails sent from Libby to Harrison letting him know she’s booked her honeymoon at his resort and would like to set up a business meeting to discuss the potential acquisition, this was a great little prequel which set the scene perfectly. Overall a quick read at just under 250 pages, I’ve given this 3 stars as I struggled to get into it but was definitely enjoying it more from around half way through, plus it made me really excited for our holiday later in the year.
The Honeymooner is available for just 99p on Amazon Kindle or for free if you’re a Kindle unlimited member at time of writing this (June 2019).The sequel has just been released, I was glad to see it’s taking the same location and focusing on developing some of the other characters as I felt this book left our central characters in a good place. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy this in exchange for an honest review.