Stranded in paradise with no way to get home, Leah Smith needs a miracle, and fast. Instead, she gets Marshall Jackson, surely the sexiest man alive. Too bad he’s got an emotional wall around himself–and her only hope of getting off the island … Marshall has a strict no damsels in distress policy, but there’s something about Leah that makes him want to break his own rules. He agrees to let her work in his bar until she earns enough to get home. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is to deny the scorching attraction between them. Soon hot island nights provide balm to their wounded souls, but will these two flawed exiles make peace with the past in time to claim the future they deserve together–or will paradise be lost?
He grasped her waist. “But a proper kiss is about the anticipation.” His hand continued the journey slowly up to her face. “Both parties must be aware of the possibility and wait for the right moment to happen.”
“Telling me to come here so you can kiss me means you created the right moment. And the anticipation doesn’t make it better.”
“Still counts. You don’t know when I’m going to make my move.” He paused, voice lowered. “You should also know I will make you regret those words.”
Well, damn if he wasn’t right. Once he’d spoken her heart had kicked up. Her pulse thumped against the hand now on the side of her neck. Marshall’s gaze went to her lips as he ran a thumb over the parted flesh. She trembled.
“So soft. Do you still taste like lime?”
The comment made her lick her lips, which was probably the reason he said it, if the smirk was any indication. He lowered his head, placed a whisper of a kiss on her bottom lip, then a little bit of pressure. He moved back, but only a breath away.
“You do,” he said.
He kissed her the same way again and again until he introduced her to his tongue in slow swipes along her top lip. He would pull back far and long enough that she didn’t think he was coming back. Just when she thought he was done, he’d nip at the sensitive flesh of her mouth. Marshall continued the torture until he had his hands gripped in her hair and there was no pulling back.
Burned out from a job that was supposed to be her way of helping people, Leah takes a much-needed vacation in St. Lucia. However, her tropical paradise quickly becomes a nightmare. The driver she hired to take her quickly away from the hustle and bustle of the airport spirits her away to a remote area where he is full of nefarious intention.
In the course of being robbed of all the possession on her person, and quite possibly a few other things, a Knight in sexy, fleshly armor comes to her rescue. Marshall saves her from most of the robber’s nefarious intent, but he gets away with everything else–most notably her purse and passport. Leah is stranded, yet she has no choice but to trust the stranger who has come to her rescue. Marshall takes her to the Rum Shack, his bar and home, which she insists on calling a dive.
Overnight, they make a deal and against both their better judgments, they strike said deal which includes Marshall giving Leah a job where she can earn the money she needs to get out of her dilemma while she waits to hear back from her mother via email to retrieve a copy of her passport.
Demons from Marshall’s past have driven him into the jungles of St. Lucia, and Leah’s family relationship, or lack thereof due to a past situation beyond her control, makes these two proper kindred spirits. They are both damaged, and each thinks they are beyond repair. The story teems with well-rounded characters, neighbors of the Rum shack who are Marshall’s friends. One such friend Marshall calls the mother of his heart, is Delores, a neighbor at a nearby banana plantation who worked with Marshall in his past life. How will he handle her decision to leave the island?
Meanwhile Marshall and Leah learn to trust and care for each other as their attraction takes over. Both realize that neither of them is in a place for a romance right now, but forces beyond their control have other ideas. Sofia Harper has written a romantic story that has teeth. The characters are beautifully flawed by guilt and hurt they have unfairly internalized to the point of crippling them both emotionally, until their combustible chemistry builds something neither of them planned. Hot Knight in Paradise is a story about forgiveness and second chances. Will they take a chance on each other, or will their attempt at romance fail miserably like everything else has in their lives?
I give Hot Knight in Paradise 4 out of 5 stars!
Sofia Harper started writing contemporary romance a long, long time ago. When Sofia’s not spending time with imaginary people in her head, she’s corrupting two little trouble makers. Currently she lives in California where the wine is good. She also going full-throttle on the ride called publishing. These two thoughts are not related.
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