Series: Love on ... #1
Date Published: July 15, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Romance
Source: Provided by author for honest review
Description: In the heart of downtown Puerto Vallarta, there is a magical oceanfront promenade known as the Malecon.
As a tribute to her father’s life, Nicole James travels to his favorite place on Earth. On the cobblestone streets of charming Puerto Vallarta, she meets Derek, an ex-MMA fighter who invested his winnings into land for luxury hotels. Derek is fabulously wealthy, aging like fine wine, and lives on resorts like an endless vacation. Could her father have orchestrated this chance meeting with Mr. Right from beyond the grave?
Derek Stone never thought a woman would fit into the world he created, until Nicole came along. She’s beautiful, smart, and sexy. More importantly, she has no idea of his money. Derek has taken care of himself for his entire life. He’s not used to trusting anyone. Can he tear down his walls and let Nicole inside?
Love on the Malecon is by debut author Aubrey Parr. Full disclosure, I actually know Ms. Parr, and received this book in exchange for an honest review. For this review, I’m going with a Pro/Con list. Because I can.
I’m incredibly proud of Ms. Parr for publishing her first book. That’s a major accomplishment for anyone!
The second 100 pages. The plot picked up pace with the conflict with Derek’s ex. The characters became more open with each other in the second half of the book. While exploring her father’s favorite places, the moments between Nicole and Derek were very moving. Especially the scene in the jewelry store.
I could have used more of those emotional scenes at the beginning.
Characters and Setting. Ms. Parr does a good job with both the characters and the setting. Both Nicole and Derek grow as characters. I appreciated that they open up to each other as their relationship grows. I’ve never been to Puerto Vallarta, but am now intrigued!
The editing could use some work. Typos. Using multiple spellings of one character’s name, sometimes within the same paragraph. I’m spelling challenged and usually don’t notice these slights. But I do know that some readers find this sort of thing distracting.
The first 100 pages. In a case of it’s not the book, it’s me, I honestly don’t normally fall for books where the characters meet and have insta-lust/love. I prefer my characters to get to know each other before falling into bed.
Dialog between characters. I could have used more outer dialog between the characters and less inner dialog.
Overall, I enjoyed Love on the Malecon. And look forward to the next installment.