Friday, June 28, 2024

Resorting to Romance by Savannah Scott: Book Review

 **ARC received for consideration. All opinions are my own.

Book cover for Resorting to Romance by Savannah Scott

The Book

My plate is full enough being a single mom and business owner. I don’t have time to date, not even to fake it.

I’m the only child to three “fairy godmothers.” Yes. You heard me right. My somewhat-crazy, definitely over-the-top aunts all raised me. And now, I’m running the bed and breakfast I inherited from my grandmother, while I raise my seven-year-old son, Noah, single-handedly.

I probably hold the island records for “most likely to turn down a date,” and “least likely to take a day off.” So when Kai Kapule, the manager of the resort’s water sports rentals steps in, pretending to be my boyfriend, I’m quite sure my jaw drops alongside everyone else's

It’s not the first time Kai’s come to my rescue. But, usually he’s doing things like fixing a leaky faucet or repairing a loose floorboard, not … declaring his status as my boyfriend.

With my ex, Noah’s dad, back on the island, I honestly need an extra layer of insulation against any misguided thoughts he might have of the two of us ever getting back together. What can it hurt to let Kai play the role of doting boyfriend? We both know it’s not real.

Kai’s just pitching in, being his usual protective, charming self.

The trouble comes when we have to act on Kai’s declaration just to keep up appearances. What started as a seemingly harmless declaration is quickly turning into a complicated charade. How long can I resist Kai’s warm caramel gaze, the caring tone in his voice, or the way my body reacts when he innocently touches me? And when he takes care of my son, Noah, I’m basically a goner.

The problem: I can’t date Kai Kapule. And the longer we pretend we’re more than friends, the more it’s going to hurt when I have to let him go.

Resorting to Romance is a small-town, friends-to-lovers, fake relationship romantic comedy that will have you laughing out loud, tearing up, and wanting to pack your bags to relocate to Marbella Island.

This closed-door romance has kisses that will melt your flip flops. Resorting to Romance is book four in the Love Trippin’ Series, but it can be read as a stand-alone read.

The Author

Savannah Scott loves writing happily-ever-after romcoms with scenes where kisses make you melt. Her characters feel like long lost friends, and the settings make you want to take off on a road trip to visit.

You will smile. You will laugh. Yes. You will need coffee because you stayed up past your bedtime reading. Sorry, not sorry.

If you can’t find Savannah, she’s probably hiding with a book, dancing Zumba, or going a little crazy being the fun carpool mom who cranks the tunes and always goes through the drive-thru for copious amounts of sugar and fat on the way home from school.

(Can you keep a secret? I thought so. Savannah also writes as Patty H Scott, which is the Clark Kent to her Superman. If you like clean romance, check out Patty's books.)

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Book Review

Resorting to Romance is book four in the Love Trippin' series. While you'll definitely see some familiar characters and might get a better understanding of their friendship dynamics if you've read the previous books, this could definitely be enjoyed as a standalone as well. 

Oh my goodness... I am absolutely obsessed with this book. Kai and Mila were the absolute sweetest together. Fake dating is one of my favorites, so naturally I was drawn to that aspect of the story... but the way it all comes about felt unique to the many I have read before it. These two just have a really effortless way about them that I couldn't help but absolutely love... and that practice kiss!? My goodness, the chemistry was flying off the pages! I loved Kai's steadiness and the way he cared not just for Mila, but for her son too. It really was such a sweet relationship between Kai and Noah, and I enjoyed every moment between the two of them too. It was definitely a slower burn... but so perfect (and so worth it) for these two. While this one wasn't quite as much of an emotional roller coaster as the previous book in the series, this once again felt like the perfect balance of those tender, heartfelt moments and the laugh out loud ones. It took on the tough topic of parental abandonment and reentry, but those humorous moments kept it from feeling too heavy. I loved seeing Ben's character again and felt his antics really added some lightness to the story too! This is definitely a summer must read!

Resorting to Romance is a closed-door romance with chemistry filled kisses, but nothing more and no language.

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