Last year, I read Float Plan and fell in love with the adventure in the storytelling. Doller made me want to hop on a sailboat and cruise the world, which was unfortunately thwarted because, while I can drive a boat, I cannot sail, nor do I own a sailboat. So when I saw she had a second book for the series, I raced to Netgalley to request it.
The setting for this book is idyllic. As an avid camper, who spent a spring and summer in my youth, living in a tent in the middle of nowhere, I was immediately drawn to the storyline. Rachel is going through a lot, and Mason is offering her a way to get on her feet and make a fresh start. Mason has been through a lot, and this hotel is his chance to start fresh. He only needs some guidance and motivation, and thankfully, Rachel can offer both.
I would describe this as a slow-burn, clean, closed-door romance. Doller holds out on us with the tension and then glosses over what could be a really hot situation. But this is a sweet, encouraging read that I read in one sitting. I loved the characters and the support that radiated off everyone for each other. I love when people can find their tribe and know they’re in the right place. Overall, this is an enjoyable, feel-good read. Thank you, St. Martin’s, for sending this along.
About the Book:
Rachel Beck has hit a brick wall. She’s a single mom, still living at home and trying to keep a dying relationship alive. Aside from her daughter, the one bright light in Rachel’s life is her job as the night reservations manager at a luxury hotel in Miami Beach—until the night she is fired for something she didn’t do.
On impulse, Rachel inquires about a management position at a brewery hotel on an island in Lake Erie called Kelleys Island. When she’s offered the job, Rachel packs up her daughter and makes the cross country move.
What she finds on Kelleys Island is Mason, a handsome, moody man who knows everything about brewing beer and nothing about running a hotel. Especially one that’s barely more than foundation and studs. It’s not the job Rachel was looking for, but Mason offers her a chance to help build a hotel—and rebuild her own life—from the ground up.