Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Review: Island in the Sea by Anita Hughes

Island in the Sea
by Anita Hughes

Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Juliet Lyman is a senior executive at Yesterday Records. Music is her passion and she's very good at her job. That's why her famously philanthropic boss Gideon sends her to Majorca, Spain to work with a very tortured, but talented client. Lionel Harding is one of the best song writers of the 20th century, the multi-Grammy award-winning lyricist of the third most recorded song in history. But now he's 42 and six months overdue on the his latest paid assignment. Juliet is not leaving Majorca without either new lyrics or a very large check.

To Juliet, business comes first. Emotions are secondary, and love isn't even on the menu. But to Lionel, love is everything, and he blames Gideon for his broken heart. He's determined to show Juliet that nothing is more important than love, but Juliet is just as determined to get Lionel to create the music that made him famous. If she can sign up local talent, even better. Her new friend Gabriella has a voice like an angel, but she's not interested in fame. Her grandmother, Lydia, wants the world for Gabriella, and she wants Juliet's help to give it to her.

As her professional and personal lives start to mix for the first time, Juliet is forced to reevaluate her priorities. Gideon hasn't been totally honest, and love may be the only thing that gives them all what they need.

Kritters Thoughts:  A record executive goes on a trip to reign in a song writer and get him to send in his latest work.  Upon arrival in Spain and meeting Lionel the song writer, Juliet realizes that this will be the trip where she probably finds herself and reevaluate her priorities.

For my first Anita Hughes experience, I feel like I may have had high expectations and I was let down just a little.  I had put her in my mind as a women's fiction author and the amount of romance/sexy times in this book were way more than I thought it would and the plot for me was just ok.  Don't call me a prude - I don't mind sexy times when there is a good plot behind it, so for this plot to be less than for me the sexy times really stuck out.

I will still give Anita Hughes another chance, I actually own a few and am a little more intrigued to read them to see if this was a one off book or if this is her usual.  Have you read Anita Hughes?  Does she always have a lot of sexy times?  

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from St Martin's Press.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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