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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins

It’s First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday! Hosted by Socrates Book Reviews this is where you share the first paragraph of one of the books that you are currently reading. Each week I will choose a book of the week (which will be one of the books that I am currently reading) and that book will take part in this book blog meme:

This week my book of the week is Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins (click for link to Goodreads) published 3 February 2022.

“Salt water and blood taste the same.

She’d never thought of that until now, until she was drowning in both, blood gushing from the wound in her temple, the sea rushing into her mouth.”

I have only just started it, but it is good so far. This opening is certainly strong!

Book Description From Goodreads:

“From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wife Upstairs comes a deliciously wicked gothic suspense, set on an isolated Pacific island with a dark history, for fans of Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware.

When Lux McAllister and her boyfriend, Nico, are hired to sail two women to a remote island in the South Pacific, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. Stuck in a dead-end job in Hawaii, and longing to travel the world after a family tragedy, Lux is eager to climb on board The Susannah and set out on an adventure. She’s also quick to bond with their passengers, college best friends Brittany and Amma. The two women say they want to travel off the beaten path. But like Lux, they may have other reasons to be seeking an escape.

Shimmering on the horizon after days at sea, Meroe Island is every bit the paradise the foursome expects, despite a mysterious history of shipwrecks, cannibalism, and even rumors of murder. But what they don’t expect is to discover another boat already anchored off Meroe’s sandy beaches. The owners of the Azure Sky, Jake and Eliza, are a true golden couple: gorgeous, laidback, and if their sleek catamaran and well-stocked bar are any indication, rich. Now a party of six, the new friends settle in to experience life on an exotic island, and the serenity of being completely off the grid. Lux hasn’t felt like she truly belonged anywhere in years, yet here on Meroe, with these fellow free spirits, she finally has a sense of peace.

But with the arrival of a skeevy stranger sailing alone in pursuit of a darker kind of good time, the balance of the group is disrupted. Soon, cracks begin to emerge: it seems that Brittany and Amma haven’t been completely honest with Lux about their pasts––and perhaps not even with each other. And though Jake and Eliza seem like the perfect pair, the rocky history of their relationship begins to resurface, and their reasons for sailing to Meroe might not be as innocent as they first appeared.

When it becomes clear that the group is even more cut off from civilization than they initially thought, it starts to feel like the island itself is closing in on them. And when one person goes missing, and another turns up dead, Lux begins to wonder if any of them are going to make it off the island alive.”

What’s the first paragraph of the book you are currently reading? Would you read this book based on that opening?

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Monday Night Reading

As with yesterday, it’s not been an overly long evening for reading, however I feel that I have been more productive than yesterday and actually got round to reading all three of my current books; The 13th Assassin by Frank Malley, Retreat To The Spanish Sun by Jo Thomas and Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins. I spent around half an hour on each book and whilst this isn’t a huge amount of time, good progress was made.

I am enjoying all three, however if I had to choose a favourite it would be The 13th Assassin. I am now 80% of the way through and can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

I hope that you have had a good Monday. Tomorrow is Top Ten Tuesday and First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday.

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Friday 56 – Quote from You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones

Welcome to Friday 56! Hosted by Freda’s Voice, you turn to page 56 or 56% in any book or reading device and pick a sentence that grabs you.

My Book of the Week is You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones (click for link to Goodreads)

“You are allowed to be happy. Your mum would want you to be happy. You deserve to be happy.”

This is a part of the book when the main character, Freya, is thinking about her mum who is in a home because of her schizophrenia. Freya has come away to Cyprus to do this competition and she feels guilty about her mum. This quote is Freya thinking about what her school teacher would say to her.

I am currently 71% though this book and am really enjoying the sights and food of Cyprus!

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Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Book Review – Aloha Hideaway Inn by Elana Johnson

I got this free on Kindle

Book Description From Goodreads:

A local island B&B owner hates the swanky high-rise hotel down the beach…but not the billionaire who owns it. Can she deal with strange summer weather, tourists, and falling in love?

Stacey Stapleton owns the premier bed and breakfast on Hawaii’s big island, and she’s not happy about the new twenty-eight story monstrosity disguised as a luxury resort just down the beach. When she books a night to find out what the rooms at Sweet Breeze are like, she’s impressed with the amenities, the view of the bay…and the tall, dark, and handsome room service attendants.

But she’s sworn off men and is focused on her own B&B, her Women’s Beach Club of friends, and living up to her grandfather’s legacy.

Fisher DuPont is the billionaire owner of Sweet Breeze, his first solo business venture since finally leaving his father’s company, and he’s been moving through each department as an undercover boss. So he’s the one behind the room service cart when Stacey opens the door. When he runs into the sassy, gorgeous redhead three more times that day, he takes it as a sign to get to know her better–and reveal his true identity.

As Stacey and Fisher spend more time together, she learns he’s absolutely brilliant, unusually kind, and incredibly hardworking. He’s impressed by her grace under pressure and dedication to clients, friends, and family when a storm hits the island. Can Stacey and Fisher leave their past heartaches where they belong to build a new future together?

I wanted a summer feeling read and came across this on Amazon for free. I thought that I would give it a go, the cover certainly pulled me in!

It had everything that you could ask for; beautiful settings, a strong female lead and a bit of romance.

I loved the characters and the relationships between them all. There was a lovely sense of friendship and support as well as the “forbidden” romance.

The settings were a beautiful beach, a homely B&B and of course the posh, upper class hotel that everyone frowns upon. They were just the sort of settings that are nice to read on a summers day.

Overall it was a light, enjoyable read and one which I wouldn’t mind reading again next summer!

Rated 4/5

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