Island Fantasy

I loved this story by Ms. McKnight; it was everything that a reader could want in an spicy contemporary romance. The characters are spectacular and the story was a joy to read. The story itself is not long, however, it is told from both the heroine and hero’s viewpoints.
The heroine of this story, Jewel Capriati, is an American girl who moved to this un-named island as a teenager with her father, a famous pro-bass fisherman, when tragedy struck their family. She has spent the last 10 years on this island and is now 26 years old. She helps her dad with the family business, deep sea fishing excursions for tourists. She’s been burned in the past by having a romance with a vacationing tourist and as a result has seen to it that she keeps her emotional distance from vacationing men. She is however extremely attracted to J.T. Hollander, one of their newest clients. It was really great to watch Jewel’s character grow thru this short story.
J.T. Hollander is an American stockbroker on vacation from a high pressure job on Wall Street. He couldn’t take his life anymore and needed to get away to do some deep thinking about his life. He has been physically attracted to Jewel since the first day that they met. However, he too is reluctant to get involved in a romantic adventure, which is how he first sees Jewel. As the story progresses you realize that J.T. has already spent at least 3 weeks on the island and that both he and Jewel have been flirting for some time.
Both Jewel and J.T. decide to take a risk on acting on their mutual attraction and the story heats up. The spicy elements of the story are done very well and I did need to fan myself a few times. I was very satisfied with how the romance between Jewel and J.T. grew and how they became emotionally involved and it is during this process that we get the back story on how Jewel had been hurt in the past and on J.T.’s dissatisfaction with his life. Both issues are resolved in a very satisfactory manner by the end of the book, which has a happy ending.
I look forward to reading more from Ms. McKnight.

Book Blurb for Island Fantasy

Length: Novella
Jersey-girl-turned-islander Jewel spends her days hosting fishing excursions on her father’s boats. After ten years on the island, she’s learned to avoid vacationers with sexy smiles and promises they can’t keep. Until gorgeous J.T. Hollander arrives, a man whose mouth and hands she wants all over her body.
J.T.’s just looking for a little R&R on the remote Caribbean island…until he meets Jewel. A beautiful topless woman in paradise is one temptation that’s simply too irresistible to pass up.
But a mainlander on holiday has to return to the real world someday…doesn’t he?
Publisher’s Note: This story was previously published elsewhere under the title Summer Temptation and has been revised for Ellora’s Cave.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2010 5.00