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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Drea's Review: Hideaway Cove

Title: Hideaway Cove
Author: Anna Sullivan
Series: Windfall Island, #2
Format: e-book
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: Forever
Length: Novel (384 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 4-stars

Drea's Review:

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Left pregnant at sixteen, Jessie swears off men forever. Now the most important thing in this struggling single mom’s life is her son Benji. But eight years of being loveless and sexless is taking its toll on her. Especially with the arrival of sexy southerner Holden. Hold is working on a mystery only genealogy can solve—the identity of the missing Stanhope heir. He’s not averse to having a little fun while he does it. Jessi has been on his mind since he arrived on Windfall Island and spotted her bustling around at the airport. The more he has to work to get her attention, the more he wants to keep it. He didn’t bargain on falling for her son as well. So when Jessie’s ex turns up wanting a piece of the family action, Hold has to evaluate why he’s so angry if it’s only a little fun. And if he can trust Jessie enough to tell her about his family’s wealth.

This is the follow-up to Temptation Bay in the Windfall Island series. While you can pick this one up and have a satisfying read, you’re going to be missing out on why you should care about some of the secondary characters (Maggie, Dex, George, & Paige).

About this Hideaway Cove, the love plot is satisfying. Both characters are believable with interesting back-stories. They aren’t excessively stubborn. The romance flows fairly naturally. It’s not rushed nor are the arrival of the love scenes.

The plot in general is also believable and exciting at times, complete with a high-class charity ball and a car chase. That said, chances are you’re not going to be surprised by the outcome at the end (or any of the twists).

The mystery on the Stanhope heir identity is still unanswered at the end of Hideaway Cove. Clearly that’s the series’ plot. Even though we’re left with that cliffhanger (again), this book has a satisfying resolution overall (although I knew I wouldn’t get an answer on the Stanhope plot, so I was ready for that).

The nice thing about this novel and the first book is that we’re presented with heroines who really need money but aren’t willing to accept any if they haven’t earned it. That doesn’t stop someone from trying to kill them anyway.

What you need to know: the love scenes are slightly fade-to-black. If you’re big into the go-all-the-way, super-hot type love scenes, this book will leave you a little unsatisfied.

Grab this one if you like single moms who work for what they have and the southern gentlemen who want them (and their adorable kids).


  1. Ahh good to know about the heat level. I tend to like more than that but if I know going in I'm usually okay and not too disappointed :)

    1. Yeah, it's all about setting expectations. I kind of wish things had little checkboxes so we'd know ahead of time.

  2. I can do away with the sexy details, I've read enough erotica to last me two lifetimes so I think I can deal with the fade-to-black sex, I actually prefer that lately in my reads

    1. It's a mood thing for in if I'm in the mood for a sweet romance versus a hot one, then I'm fine with it. But sometimes you'll have off-the-chart sexual tension and then a fade-to-black scene that is meant to resolve the tension and it kind of makes you go o_O

  3. I'm with Anna on the sexy scenes, I don't need to have them, all I want is a good read (in my case listen) with believable characters and stories that grab me :)
    Thank you Drea!

    1. I can see that. I've yet to listen to an erotic book. I imagine I'd be blushing furiously.
      Thanks for stopping by!