Author: Kimberly Readnour
Series: Unforeseen Destiny Novels (Book One)
Format: ebook via NetGalley
Synopsis: A surprise vacation that offers more than relaxation…
College Senior Kayla Cannon has a plan: obtain her R.N. license and begin the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Focused on studies, Kayla has zero time for romance. And everything falls into place until she goes on vacation to Kauai, and tour guide, Kai Hale, keeps showing up with his swoon-worthy abs. Kayla’s perspective changes once she gets to know Kai better. But one thing holds firm; her V-card won’t be handed over so easily. Or will it?
Infatuation or first love? Either way, are they strong enough to survive the impossible…
Kai Hale is living the life—tour guide by day, playboy by night. At the age of twenty-four, he has no aspirations for settling down. That is until a sexy brunette shows up on his tour. He can’t get the pesky mainlander out of his head. And running into her everywhere isn’t helping. When fate lands them together, he decides to take a chance—even if that chance risks breaking his heart in the end.
The Unforeseen Destiny books are stand-alone romance novels with no cliffhangers. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not recommended for readers under the age of 18.
**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.**
Be still, my pitiful beating heart!
This book made me want to jump on a plane and rush off to an exotic island to find my own Kai. And I don't even like the beach!
On Kayla's first outing after arriving in Kauai, she meets a handsome and charming local guide who immediately becomes smitten by her. Though their meeting is brief, Kai can't seem to get the timid brunette out of his head. She has made quite an impression on him, already.
But even though Kai and Kayla begin to enjoy each other's company, it is with the knowledge that their time together is limited. Any brewing romance is doomed because Kayla will soon return home to her studies and their beach fling cannot possibly withstand the strain of a long-distance relationship.
Unfortunately, this isn't the only thing standing in their way. Meddling ex's, surprising confessions, illness, and long-kept secrets wreak havoc on any chance of Kayla and Kai having a future together.
I loved this book! The pacing was good, dual POV was insightful, the scenery was perfectly described, and the overall writing was spectacular. I read this on my phone and carried it all around the house with me, not wanting to put it down. I laughed and gasped and swooned. It really was a fun read.
Actual gif of Kauai! via Andy Stenz
Also, it was so nice to read about characters who didn't constantly overreact to conflict, as well. A lot of books I've read make me want to slam my head against a wall because characters are often written as ridiculously overly-dramatic. These two characters did have a full range of emotions but also a good dose of common sense. They behaved in a way that was realistic and believable, which made the story even more enjoyable.
I am excited that this is going to be a series. I wonder if Kayla's friend, Staci, might be a possible leading lady in books to come. I am still curious about the history there between Staci and Brian. Either way, I look forward to reading more from Kimberly Readnour! Five blazing suns!