Visiting Paradise by Jess Dee
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Length: Short Story (59 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly
Beth Brown needs a holiday. She’s burnt out, single, and madly in love with the man who pays her salary, Joe Bastion. Much as she’d like to act on her feelings, Beth’s learned the hard way not to sleep with men she works for. Far as she’s concerned, Joe is off limits.
Sometimes, to get what you want, you have to chase hard. And Joe wants Beth. He’s organized a trip of a lifetime for her. Beth’s about to set sail into paradise, and she has no idea that Joe’s the one who’ll be taking her there.
You shouldn’t mix business with pleasure. Beth Brown learned this lesson the hard way four years ago when she fell in love with her boss; her very married boss. She left her job, and discovered she was pregnant with her daughter Gemma.
Now, she has a job she loves, but she keeps her private life just that: private and very separate from her work life. Sure, she’s attracted to her boss, Joe Bastion, but she isn’t about to make that mistake again. Joe doesn’t know about Beth’s past, and he wants her for his own. When Beth “wins” a week long vacation on the company yacht, she has no idea it will be just she and Joe, alone for five days on the boat, it some beautiful tropical areas. Will Beth run from what Joe offers? Can she find happiness with a man who loves her? Or will her secret past stop what is happening between them forever?
Jess Dee has written a fun story, filled with romance, secrets and surprises. And lots of red-hot sex in exotic locations. By the descriptions of the various stops on the voyage, you can tell Ms. Dee is familiar with these places, or has done her research well. I also enjoyed the characters, as both were well developed and realistic.
Beth has been hurt, but she loves her daughter, no matter what the circumstances of her birth. She feels she has no right to love, but falls for her boss again. She is determined and smart, and refuses to let herself care. I enjoyed watching Beth open her heart and learn to love once again.
Joe is a wonderful character, strong, but sensitive and patient with Beth. He is willing to wait, and win her over once her realizes how he feels. I like his imagination and the way he helps Beth to open up to life.
There are a couple of surprises in this, and I love the interaction between the two characters. There are no secondary characters, unless you consider the beaches and islands as characters in this story. And I loved the marvelous happy ever after. I recommend this for those who love a good romance, and it is great to warm up with on a cold evening.