Friday, July 3, 2020

#BookReview – “Happy Endings” by Chantel Rhondeau




Blurb 

Handsome, wealthy Quinn McCallister is the most eligible bachelor on McCallister’s Paradise. Making his family's island resort a success is all that matters to this workaholic. Everything changes when he meets the beautiful new massage therapist...

Larissa Benner may have survived cancer, but its aftermath left plenty of problems besides the ever-looming fear of relapse. Her family nearly went bankrupt paying for her life-saving treatments. She desperately needs the full-time therapist position on the island and the benefits that come with it. The last thing she wants is problems with her boss, or a complicated office romance.

It’s hard for her to resist Quinn’s charms—or his passionate side. However, Quinn is married to his job. The choice between love and work is tough for him to juggle and has Larissa scared. If the cancer recurs, could she count on him to be there for her? Or would he leave her to face it alone, ending her relationship in tragedy?

Review
 

In the first McCallister’s Paradise book, massage therapist Larissa Benner can’t believe what her boss’s son just asked her. He’s naked on her massage table and is demanding she give him a happy ending—a hand job—or she’ll lose her job. She’s desperate to keep her job at the island resort for the health benefits, but refuses to have sex with him, no matter how handsome he is.

Quinn McCallister will do anything for his family and the family business. Even though he feels like scum, he propositions the talented therapist his dad wants to hire on full-time in order to test her morals and values. But he didn’t expect her to be so fiery. A rocky friendship builds between them but love soon takes hold.

I really enjoyed this story. Larissa and Quinn have great chemistry, but they’re both troubled, confused people.

Larissa is a breast cancer survivor, but the chance of the cancer returning is high. She’s a sweet, understanding woman who’s been through a terrible time, but I found it hard to connect with her. She’s a strong person when it comes to fighting the cancer, but she’s prudish and judgmental.

Quinn is an unflappable macho hero. He’s so determined to be a manly man, do a good job at work, and make his parents proud that he’s forgotten what life is all about. His stubbornness and foolishness nearly cost him a wonderful relationship, and I loved seeing the high-powered businessman fall at the feet of a woman.

The side characters are great. Quinn’s parents are kind but pushy people. Quinn’s interactions with his sister and brothers are typical of sibling love and rivalry, and were very believable. I especially like his sister, Sydney. She’s one tough cookie.

There were a few typos but nothing took me out of the story. I would definitely like to read more books in the series.
4 Stars

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