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Author: Anna Sullivan
Series: Windfall Island, #3
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Length: Novel (386 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Ten years ago, Paige Walker left her beloved home of Windfall Island to become an actress in Hollywood. Now she's coming back a star, honored with awards and beset by scandal. Escaping from a tabloid frenzy of gossip and lies, Paige wants nothing more than to surround herself with old friends. She never expected to meet an infuriating—and sexy—stranger . . . or to find herself in true danger.
Brilliant attorney Alec Barclay came to Windfall to look for the kidnapped, long-lost heir to the Stanhope family fortune. What he finds is the most beautiful and enigmatic woman he has ever known. If his suspicions are correct, she's the heir he's been looking for . . . and the target of a deadly conspiracy. Drawn together by desire—but haunted by secrets of the past—Alec and Paige try to unlock a mystery as dangerous as it is irresistible. But every passion has a price...
About the author:Anna Sullivan was born and raised in southeastern Michigan, the seventh of nine children, whose claim to fame was reading five books a week in grade school. Needless to say, her obsession with the written word only grew from there--despite a short, and misguided, foray into the world of computer science (the "sensible" job path). She still lives in Michigan, with her husband, three children and two dogs whose life of leisure she envies but would never be able to pull off.
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I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Secret Harbor closes out the Windfall Island trilogy and finally answers the question of what happened to Eugenia Stanhope. This book features world-famous actress Paige Walker and lawyer Alex Barclay—of the wealthy Boston Barclays. The story begins with some fireworks between these two because Alec ran his mouth and gave his opinion on the Paige sex-tape debacle. Paige heard his opinion and wants nothing to do with him. The problem is these two are attracted to each other something fierce.
The head of the Stanhope family is gunning for whoever the lost heir is, and so someone has to stay with Paige and keep her safe (since she’s the only woman of a certain age who hasn’t had her blood tested). Of course, the last person she wants staying with her is the one who gets the job. Paige holds out against her attraction until one of the other women in the trio suggests that sex with Alec could just be casual. Then the sex fest and falling in love happen. Great, right?
Welllll…sure, except, this format is basically the same as the other two books: There’s a new guy on the island looking into the lost Stanhope heir. He’s attracted to the heroine of the book (who might be the heir) and she “wants nothing to do with him” *wink wink*. Someone wants to get rid of the pesky heir. The new guy volunteers to protect the heroine…by sleeping in her home. Sparks fly. Heroine decides she can handle casual sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. They fall for each other anyway. He does something wrong. Heroine sulks. Hero saves her. Happily ever after.
Aside from the repetitive format, the writing is good, the characters are decent, and there’s enough action (both in bed and out) to keep me interested. The love scenes are steamy and well written. The relationship between Paige and Alex is believable…unless you can’t stand relationships that only take a short time to reach the love stage. I personally don’t mind them.
I did find it difficult to connect with the heroine because she’s rich, beautiful, and an actress. Her problems are not anything I can understand. And I’d have liked there to be a little more catty back and forth before she gave in. But all in all it was an enjoyable read, especially considering we finally learn who is the lost Stanhope heir.
Those new to the Windfall Island trilogy will be fairly lost if you start with Secret Harbor. Those who aren’t new, this one has all the answers!
So…grab Secret Harbor if you’ve read the others and want to know how it all ends.
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