Monday, July 11, 2016

Hawaiian Masquerade (A Destination Billionaire Romance) by Rachelle J. Christensen {Review}

Hawaiian Masquerade (a Destination Billionaire Romance) by Rachelle J. Christensen
Kindle Edition, 163 pages
Published July 3rd 2016 by Gelato Publishing

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. 
My Review: 5 Stars 
Last summer, I was lucky enough to have spent some time on the island of Kauai and I completely fell in love with it. Reading this book brought back some of my favorite memories and brought to life many aspect of the island that I didn't get to experience. 

Lexi is beaten down by business life and retires from her brother's company to Kauai. In a pleasing twist from the typical Billionaire books, it's Lexi who's the rich one, but fortunately, she doesn't let the wealth go to her head and is very adorable and likable. One of my favorite things about her is her quest to spread the wealth to others in the world, but I have to really appreciate Derek and his hard-working ways. He has reason to resent the richy tourists who frequent his beloved island, especially since he works so hard to scrape by. Other than the chip on his shoulder, he's a very likable character, too. The way he treats people really says a lot about him.

I felt like I was participating in all these fun events and activities with this couple. I adored their friends and loved their times together. The way the setting is portrayed and a real local, behind-the-scenes feeling is developed really captured my heart and my attention. I especially liked how these characters worked through their trials, hard feelings, and weaknesses in a realistic and satisfying way. This is one of my favorites and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good, clean romance in a tropical setting.

Content: mild romance (kissing). Clean!

*I received a copy through the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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About the Author:

Rachelle J. ChristensenRachelle is the award-winning author of twelve books, including The Soldier’s Bride (a Kindle Scout Selection) and The Wedding Planner Mystery Series. She is a mother of five who writes mystery/suspense, nonfiction, and women’s fiction. She solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. Rachelle enjoys raising chickens and laughing with her husband on their little farm in rural Idaho. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music.

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