Welcome to Fortune’s Island, where the only rule is to follow your heart.
Love is an extravagance Darcy Williams can’t afford. She prefers the simple life, which includes waitressing at The Love Shack on Fortune’s Island and avoiding temptation. But when a forbidden part of her past steps off the ferry, her safe, guarded existence is turned upside down.
Kincaid Foster has never gotten over his first love. When he sees the wild, beautiful blonde again, dancing her way around The Love Shack, the memories of Darcy’s soft skin, gentle touch, and heated kisses come rushing back. As the privileged son of a wealthy family, Kincaid was too young to stand up to his overbearing father when he and Darcy were together. Now, he’s back on the island—free of the family shackles—and the chiseled, big-time lawyer wants a second chance.
But, Darcy made a promise to keep a secret from Kincaid—a secret that is now a six-year-old girl who looks just like her daddy. If Kincaid finds out about their daughter, Darcy could lose everything. But, she can’t resist the man who stole her heart all those years ago. And it doesn’t take long before both of them realize that anything can happen at The Love Shack on a hot summer night.
Source: ARC from the author via NetGalley
This is a cute, easy second chance tale that would make a perfect beach read. Darcy grew up with an alcoholic, absent mother and dreamt of moving to Fortune’s Island and creating a new life for herself. Which she did. The summer she arrived she also fell in love with Kincaid, but things didn’t turn out so well and she’s spent the last seven years working in the Love Shack, building up a family of friends and working hard to provide a good life for her daughter.
I like Darcy, she’s focused and determined, but also knows how to have fun. She’s a great mother and a good friend and definitely knows the value of what she has. True, there were times when I just wanted her to tell Kincaid (about Emma and other things), but mostly I just enjoyed reading about her.
As for Kincaid, he’s okay, pretty easy-going for a lawyer and an excellent brother to his little sister. I was a bit surprised by his lack of anger when it came to Emma, until I realised that he’s actually a bit of a spineless coward – which was when I started liking him a lot less. The way he stands up for and supports his sister is a marked contrast to the way he treats Darcy when the real trouble hits. He just accepts whatever someone tells him without stopping to ask questions or seek answers – and that did annoy me. However, it also provided an extra bit of tension to an otherwise sweet and pain-free romance.
The best thing about this book, though, was the island and more specifically the Love Shack (and if you don’t find yourself humming that song at least once while reading this book, that can only be because you don’t know it – which would be a big shame). I loved the sense of community in the place and the family Darcy had built for herself, especially her bosses and Nona, the woman who looks after little Emma. It’s a great, supportive place with plenty of charm and definitely made me want to go back and read more.
Offering up a sweet romance and a satisfying start to this series, I can’t wait for the next one!
And Then Forever is out July 28th!
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