Hotelier Kate Quintal and her sister Jen are hired to run a new luxury hotel on Pitcairn Island. Anticipating only the hard work that running the new facility would entail, a burgeoning romance with the burly and handsome Bryce Brown is the last thing she expected. With a new love and the success of the island’s new tourism endeavor, life seems sweet.
So, why are things suddenly falling apart? Who is trying to sabotage the hotel, and why? Kate finds herself fighting, not only for her job, or her heart…but her life.
I was given this book by the Author, Nadine Christian for an honest review and so I shall deliver.
I have to confess, I was able to put this book down quite a bit in the beginning. I’m not sure why, but I think it was just me. I told my husband, the writing is perfect, no misspells, nothing annoying, everything was honestly written the way it should be. But I felt it lacked energy in the beginning. It might have been me and probably was, because I tried picking it apart and found no flaws. I loved it once I took a couple days off from reading it and then came back to it. So maybe that was the difference. Perhaps I picked up on something from the author as she wrote. I’m one of those people who can tell if someone put love into cooking or if it was just cooking. So possibly that was the case. It’s one of those things we’ll never know. But if you’re reading this book and you feel the same…HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS! Because this book picks up momentum fast and once it does, you’ll be completely and utterly in love with it. Once I got to a certain point, I couldn’t put it down until I finished it and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. ♥
Okay, that being said, let’s get down to the heart of the book.
Kate’s family is originally from Pitcairn, but she was raised in New Zealand. She’d had people from Pitcairn visiting her family for years, so she was familiar with them and was anxious to come to the island to experience what her parents and their friends had always talked about. She meets Bryce on the boat over to the island and it doesn’t go so well.
The next, she stepped neatly over the other boat’s gunnel, firm hands helping her across.
Jen burst into a round of applause and whooped loudly at
Kate’s simple transfer. Kate laughed out loud in relief. She took a
bow bending low, and then scuttled an odd two-step to the side as
the boat shifted under foot. Uh-oh. She knew it was going to happen
before she felt her foot slip and began wind-milling her arms
to stop the fall.
She heard the shocked echo as her sister and the other passengers
in both boats called out for her to be careful. It was far
too late for warnings. Her legs skidded out from under her and
she landed hard on the floorboards, inches from toppling over the
She felt her face grow hot as she burned with mortification.
Hands grasped her firmly under her arms and dragged her up
onto her feet. A voice low and gravelly rumbled in her ear. “You
want to act the fool? Don’t do it on my boat.” The hands twisted
Kate around, grasped her by the arms and shook her, making her
teeth rattle in her head. She reeled back as a man thrust his face
A pair of the greenest eyes she’d ever seen was inches away
from her own. Shaggy, brown locks barely hid the frown lines that
creased the man’s strong forehead. His mouth, hidden behind a
bristling goateed chin, twisted into a snarl. “Damn, city folk. No
freaking idea.” He gave her another shake and then moved her
physically backwards and sat her down with a thump next to Jen.
With a final glare, he stalked away and moved down the length of
the longboat to the tiller.
Luckily they make amends and begin flirting with each other. This of course ticks off Celia, a past girlfriend of Bryce’s, who has a deep dark secret, who became his friend with benefits and is now kicked to the curb by him. She’s also a denied applicant for the job Kate now has. Is she a “little” upset? Naaaah!
Kate being the sweetheart she is and oblivious to Celia and Bryce’s history, realizes that Celia is extremely intelligent with computers and hires her on to be a receptionist at the front desk of the hotel.
As Bryce and Kate spend more time together, an attraction builds and it begins getting pretty steamy!
Swearing under his breath, he felt himself lose control and
backed her up against the wall. He pressed himself up against her
struggling in vain to regain control, to back off. He wanted to take
her right here, right now, hard up against the wall, in the darkened
hallway. With a groan, he reigned in the urge. He wanted
to treasure every second, this moment he’d been waiting for all
night. Hands against the wall on either side of her face, he lowered
his head to hers, his face shadowed in the dim light, eyes dark
“I’ve wanted you alone like this since I first set eyes on you. I
can hardly breathe. I want you so much,” he growled. His voice
sounded unlike his own. Strung so tight, it twanged with emotion.
Kate’s heart was in her throat. The need for him vibrated within
her so intensely. She felt her whole body thrumming with it,
burning with it.
Throughout the story we meet Jen, Kate’s sister, and she’s a little firecracker. I love her knickname for Bryce. “Yeti Man.” I think I also caught glimpses of a story somewhere down the line with her. I really hope there is one. We also meet some of the other Pitcairn locals and come to love them a little bit too.
But there’s something dark and twisted lurking in the background waiting for the moment to spring it’s trap. Who will be caught in it? Kate? Bryce? Jen? Celia? or someone else? This book keeps you on your toes and the character’s actions and emotions are real, which makes your emotions real. There were a few times I wanted to smack them all, hug them all, etc. It’s also neat to know the author actually lives on Pitcairn Island, so you wonder as you read, “what’s in the book that is real in life?”
Even though in my rating system, putting down a book for a couple days qualifies as 3 stars, I have to be honest with myself, readers and the author and admit, there is a high possibility it was about me, not the book. I was coming off an exhausting 2 day vacation, so I can’t be positive on why I had those initial feelings. But I wanted to acknowledge them in case other readers will feel the same. I want them to know to stick it out, it ends up being a really good book! So to be completely honest and fair, which I am a stickler on, I’m going to give “Quintal’s Return” by Nadine Christian an appropriate rating.