Thank you to Karina Halle and the team at Social Butterfly PR for the review copy of Lovewrecked, Karina’s latest standalone contemporary romance.
I am not shy on my blog about how much I love Karina and her work. This book is so incredibly personal and I feel as if we have all been on this journey with Karina as she wrote this while in self-isolation. I cannot even imagine how hard it is to write a book through all of this but to write such a powerful romance. She really outdid herself!
Check out the Goodreads synopsis below…
“Daisy Lewis is experiencing a relentless string of bad luck.
Fortunately, Daisy has her sister’s destination wedding coming up. A week of sand, sea, and sun in the South Pacific as the maid-of-honor is exactly what Daisy needs to forget her upturned life and focus on the positive.
That is until Daisy meets the best man.
If you take tall, dark, and handsome, and add a dash of rugged, a pinch of brooding, and a whole lot of sexy, you’ve got Tai Wakefield. Unfortunately he’s also a major grump, total alpha, and seemingly out to antagonize Daisy at every turn.
As if being part of the wedding party with Tai wasn’t bad enough, Daisy’s bad luck soon resurfaces when she ends up on a cramped sailboat with Tai and the newlyweds.
Which then shipwrecks on a deserted island near Fiji.
Okay, so they aren’t completely alone. There’s an oddball research scientist who has been isolated for far too long, they have rundown bungalows as shelter, stores of water and canned food, plus a feral goat named Wilson. It’s Lost…without the smoke monster.
But with rescue weeks away, Tai and Daisy realize the only way they’re going to get through this mess is to stop fighting and start working together.
And with their guards down, they get closer.
A lot closer.
Soon, Daisy realizes that the only thing worse than being stuck on a deserted island, is being stuck on a deserted island with a man she hates to love and loves to hate.
A man that can break her heart.”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Daisy and Tai are the protagonists of the story. Daisy is the definition of down on her luck. Recently laid off and fresh off of being cheated on by her longterm boyfriend, she is stuck at a place in her life where she has been complacent for so long that she does not know who to see herself as anymore. Tai is a multifaceted love interest for Daisy and as the story progresses you begin to see more and more of his different layers. In the beginning, he comes across as a cocky grouchy guy, when in reality he is much more than that.
- Setting: The settings change slightly throughout the story, as the blurb describes Daisy is off to the South Pacific, specifically to New Zealand for her sister’s wedding. The story then takes us onto a boat in the waters between New Zeland and Fiji. Then the story’s climax sees the characters stranded on a deserted island off the coast of Fiji. These settings are amazing, Karina is so good at depicting exotic settings! The boat lent itself to some fun situations, like how there was only one bed hehe. The deserted island produced some immense character development for everyone, and it very much felt reminiscent of the instances many of us have gotten ourselves into during self-isolation.
- Romance: Daisy and Tai’s romance was a slow burn that once it did explode it was electrifying. Being able to read from both their point of view allowed for the reader to see those tender moments between them. To catch each time Tai looked at Daisy for too long and each sex dream she had of him haha. The way this relationship is paced is honestly so effortless, they opened up to each other naturally and they fell in love at just the right pace. On top of all of this, there are some pretty steamy scenes between these two, scenes that Karina has always been good at writing.
Lovewrecked receives five out of five stars.
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