Sunday, February 20, 2011

Review - The Trouble with Paradise

Title: The Trouble with Paradise
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publishing Date: 2007
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: B-
Sensuality: Hot
Book Disclosure: I purchased a used copy at a book store.

Dorie Anderson's life is just not turning out as great as she had hoped. She is at a dead in job in the retail world, when really what she wants is to be a fashion designer. Then consider her love life, or lack of in any case. All in the blink of an eye Dorie is on her way to Fiji on a cruise with not one but two hunky men who have caught her eye. Things turn sour when the yacht ends up in a terrible storm leaving them shipwrecked. At least she has sexy doctor, Christian to tend to her needs.

The Trouble with Paradise is not a terribly deep story. If you are looking for something simple and cute to pass the time then this is the book for you. Dorie is a sweet heroine who has a tendency to stumble her way into things. She is a very klutzy heroine, but she has luck on her side. She may not know it, none-the-less.

I liked the premise of the story. Girl looking for adventure and romance finds more than she can handle when her vacation boat ends up shipwrecked. I thought that more time would be spent on the island. It doesn't actually happen until two/thirds through the book. There is a little bit of complication because one of the crew members ends up missing and the characters don't know if it was foul play or not. That mystery was a bit distracting from the romance between Dorie and Christian. Also, I never understood why Christian kept pushing Dorie away when he was obviously drawn to her. Overall this was an easy read and was a nice way to pass the time.


E Kelly said...

New follower here. Not sure about this book, although I do like the whole ship wrecked story line. I am a contemporary romance writer and reader of almost everything. (I will admit though, that romance has always been my favorite). Hope you stop by and check out my new blog.

Leslie said...

This is on my TBR pile because I liked the premise and it's a Shalvis! I'll pick it up when I'm in the mood for a fun, light read. Thanks for the review. :)

Jill D. said...

Hi Kelly, Thanks for stopping by... I also enjoy a good ship wrecked story, but I have yet to come across one that really gets it right. I think it is an interesting scenerio that an author could have a lot of fun with.

Leslie - It is good for when you are in the mood for something light and fun.

nath said...

I've had this book in my TBR pile for a couple of years and still haven't read it, sigh ^_^; I heard a lot of good comments though... then again, it's Jill shalvis...

Jill D. said...

Nath - The Trouble with Paradise is good when you are in the mood for light read. If you are familiar with Shalvis then you know what you are in for...