Paradise Found by Vivian Arend
Bandicoot Cove, Book 2
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Length: Short Story (79 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal play/intercourse, Toys
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle
Fate is a wind that can change at the drop of a heart…
Bandicoot Cove, Book 2
Paige has enjoyed every no-strings-attached minute with her two Australian lovers, Trent and Mason. Over the past eleven months, they’ve surfed, hiked…and explored their seemingly limitless sexual chemistry.
Her lovers’ invitation to the opening of a new resort comes at the ideal time, because in a few days she’s returning to Canada. It’ll be a fitting swan song for their easygoing relationship. A chance to fulfill a few fantasies and then escape before her men realize she’s broken the rules by falling in love with them both. Better to take flight than be forced to choose.
Unaware of Paige’s self-imposed deadline, Trent and Mason scheme to get Paige on their yacht for a once-in-a-lifetime voyage with one goal in mind: break the news that they’re ready for something more than casual—and hope she doesn’t run like hell.
It’s a delicate operation that’ll require close attention to which way her emotional winds are blowing. One wrong word, and their paradise-perfect arrangement could be lost in an instant.
When your playtime comes to an end do you give up pleasure times two gracefully or do you go out kicking and screaming? There wasn’t so much kicking in Paige, Trent and Mason’s story but there was plenty of screaming…the good kind!
Welcome to Bandicoot Cove or if you read the smoking hot prequel, Exotic Indulgence, Welcome Back! These are four stories that are intertwined between a couple of sets of siblings and some friendships that go deeper than family.
In book 2, we meet Aussie’s Trent and Mason. They have been sharing a torrid fling with Canadian born pastry chef Paige Kingston. Similar to book 1, the reader is thrown head long into the middle of their relationship or in Paige’s mind the end of their year long no-strings fling. The problem is one that is typical in a casual romance, emotions become involved when no one’s looking. When Paige realizes she unintentionally broke the cardinal rule of flings -- falling in love -- she sees no other choice but to leave. Too bad the men have other, very specific, plans. Plans that involve a couch that isn’t, a boat built for three, and a little slice of Paradise.
One of the aspects of this short story I appreciated, since it begins with a bang, is the bits of backstory Ms. Arend throws in along the way. Paige and Trent both give us some flashbacks of that first intense meeting that guaranteed Paige was the adventurous and outgoing woman they craved. I also liked how no one was overly self-assured of their HEA. Doubts are real. Questions are real. Misunderstandings are real. Ms. Arend does a beautiful job of building the relationship outside the bedroom where the readers feels the chemistry that is honest and not just based on sex.
It isn’t necessary to have read book 1 in this series to enjoy Paradise Found but it does provide a nice setup for the other stories, so I recommend beginning with Exotic Indulgence and then find your way to Paradise and beyond. These are quick reads but you won’t feel shorted on story or satisfaction.