Review: Hideaway Cove (Windfall Island, #2) by Anna Sullivan
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Hideaway Cove by Anna Sullivan
Series: Windfall Island #2
Published by: Grand Central Publishing on 7/29/2014
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Women
Source: ARC From Publisher, NetGalley
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About the Book:
SOME PASSIONS CAN'T BE DENIED . . .
Jessi Randal walked away from her last relationship with a baby and a broken heart. Now, years later, the last thing this single mom wants is to give Windfall Island—and all its nosy residents—anything more to gossip about. But the moment she lays eyes on the tall, sexy stranger with the slow Southern drawl, she knows she's in delicious trouble . . .
Holden Abbot is on the island to find the missing heir to the Stanhope family fortune. It's his job to charm as many secrets out of the town as possible. And if he can charm Jessi into his bed, even better. When all evidence points to her as the heir, a dangerous enemy sets his sights on Jessi and her son. Now Holden will have to risk everything to protect the family he's come to love.
Hideaway Cove, the second book in the Windfall Island series by Anna Sullivan is part romance, part mystery, and all entertaining to read. However, I would definitely recommend starting with the first book, Temptation Bay, before picking up this one.
Windfall Island was founded by criminals, back in the 1930s. Now, in the present day, the descendants of those criminals have made lives for themselves. However, the past is determined to haunt them as the search for the lost Stanhope heir continues, pointing to someone from the island. And let me tell you, the rest of the Stanhopes are not too pleased that they might have to give up a third of their fortune.
Jessica Randall is one of the Windfallers who is determined to discover the heir of Eugenia, the Stanhope baby who might have been kidnapped and take to Windfall Island. Jessi isn’t after the money, however. After Maggie, one of the possible descendants was nearly killed by someone hired by the Stanhopes, Jessi wants to protect whomever the heir might be, all while trying to protect herself and her 7-year-old son, Benji. Things get even more complicated when Lance, Benji’s father, comes back into the picture.
Holden Abbot is in the business of genealogy, and has come to Windfall Island to help in the search for the Stanhope heir. Having been hurt in the past, he isn’t exactly looking for romance, but he ends up finding it anyway, with Jessi. While he tries to keep himself from getting attached, he will do whatever it takes to protect Jessi and Benji from those out to do harm to Eugenia’s descendant.
Plot-wise, I absolutely adored this novel. The search for the missing heir is a great mystery, and I find myself just as anxious as the characters in the novel. The book is really well written, keeping the suspense throughout the entire book. I sided with the right people, didn’t trust Lance in the slightest, and I grew really attached to Benji, the sweet little kid who never had a father figure for the first 7 years of his life. Jessi was a protective single mother, whom I admired and found myself rooting for. While I didn’t dislike Hold Abbot, I also didn’t find myself swooning over him.
My biggest complaint with Hideaway Cove is that I didn’t feel that the connection between Jessi and Hold was really natural. First of all, I think they met each other in the first book, and I really enjoy getting to experience the main couple’s first reactions to each other, so I missed out on that by starting with book number two. And also, Jessi makes it clear that she isn’t interested in a relationship. Having her heart broken by Lance all those years ago, she doesn’t want to get attached to someone who could hurt not just her, but Benji as well. Now, this is a romance novel, so I knew that she was going to drop her walls eventually. But Hold just kind of follows her around until she gives in? In the world of a romance novel, when you know Hold and Jessi are going to end up together, because that’s just how romance novels work, but in actuality, it’s almost a little stalkerish. He delivers a pizza to her, just because he thinks it will get him an invitation to dinner.
Overall, I give Hideaway Cove 3 out of 5 controllers. I loved the writing style, I loved the plot, but I cared more about the mystery than I did about the romance. If I had read the first book, or if Hold hadn’t been as stalkerish, I would have enjoyed it more, but as it was, it was a good read and I would definitely recommend it.