TJ Burns — May 25, 2017
Sunbaked was a fun read! It was a lot more than I bargained for (in a good way)! The mystery was easy to guess and not a big shocker, but that wasn’t the point. The characters are what makes this story so enjoyable. Nina, who is soon to be divorced from her cheating husband, is easy to relate to and likable. She’s also a bit daring and adventurous. Danish, the entertaining, colorful yoga-instructor-slash-mail-carrier-slash-bar-tender is a handful, but a laugh-out-loud entertaining handful. Pansy, the happily-married mother of small children, who is not afraid to take on the local development tycoon or possible kidnappers, won a soft-spot in my heart. Ted, the quiet, polite, handsome, and a bit mysterious fishing lodge owner is easy to fall for.
Then there’s the whole slew of eclectic, diverse and colorful townies and vacationers, who spice up and liven up the atmosphere in this very descriptive story. The retired rock star with his British accent and his grounded, hospitable wife; the friendly, athletic bar owner, Veronica, who was born on a boat; the gorgeous, polite, and professional chief of police, Blue; the annoyed French inn owner, Michel; the rich development tycoon, Barry, and his spoiled, always bored trophy wife, Tiffany; the tennis pro, Lance, and his “beer commercial” friends; the museum curator, Alice, and even Alice’s Aunt Agatha, who doesn’t utter a word, all throw spices into the mix that each add its complimentary (or contrasting!) flavor.
The writing is so detail-oriented that we even learn what clothes, shoes, and accessories Nina is wearing at any given time ;). While I personally don’t really need to know what Nina or anyone else is wearing, the descriptions make the characters, buildings, and even vehicles more vivid as they come alive on the page. Even more impressive is the landscape — the ocean, beach, and brush scenes — for which we get a description of colors, sights, sounds, and smells — I felt like I was in the Caribbean. Ahhh. I’ve been to the Bahamas several times and I could just sit back and feel the mood.
While the explosive ending seemed a bit forced, this character-driven story was one fun ride!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Published May 9th 2017 by Lake Union
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