Hawaiian Masquerade was one of those contemporary romances that have all the fun and the secrets that make things tense for the couple. The author lived in Kauai, Hawaii for a while and her knowledge of the best places to go shines through the book. It certainly made me want to take a trip there. In fact, I want to snorkel and see the fish she described. But back to the review about the story of Derek and Lexi.
Derek Mitchell is a photographer that is trying to make a career of his talent. He runs a gallery that shows his work and other artists from the island. Derek also works with his friend and roommate selling coconuts. The tourists love to watch these men prepare the coconut right in front of them.
Lexi Burke has recently moved to Hawaii and is trying to find herself after her high powered career that has burned her out and caused her to retire. She had been in charge and living the high paced lifestyle of a corporate mogul with her brother and was ready for a change. Leaving Chicago for the islands means that she can find the things that make her happy. Things like painting. She left a would be boyfriend that she just did not feel she loved. Lexi felt the timing was perfect on all fronts for a new beginning.
When the two meet, they find that they have a lot in common, except for Derek’s utter and complete dislike of people with money. He loved to verbalize this loathing. Lexi was hesitant to mention that she had money, plenty of money. Now it sits like a billion dollar elephant in the room every time she thinks about it. Heck, she can’t even bring him home with her for fear he sees where and how she lives.
Fun story with beautiful scenery and warm loving characters. The secrecy adds to the tension of the book.
This is just a fun read that released on July 3, 2016. Rachelle J. Christensen writes, romances like this, mysteries and suspense. So far she has written 12 books.
Hawaiian Masquerade is available on Kindle and through KindleUnlimited at Amazon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a brand new release. Book 6 of the series, but it can be read as a stand alone book. I really enjoy reading about Millie Sanders and her friends. They are so clever and fun. This cruise combines sleuths from both the Cruise Ship Christian Cozy Mystery Series and her cousin Gloria from the Garden Girls Series. These women are really a hilarious group when they are together.
All 8 friends are getting comfortable on the ship and meeting Millie’s friends and coworkers. Maybe they are getting too comfortable, because when a mystery turns up on board they are all searching for clues and bringing out the suitcases of equipment.
Millie was hoping to get closer with Captain Niccolo Armati now that he is back from his vacation. But there is a problem on the ship. The ship is sitting at a dead stop in the middle of the Caribbean. The Captain is missing and some strangers are walking about on the bridge.
A fast read with lots of humor and just a touch of romance. I love these characters. They are well written and easy reads. I also like that this book is a nice clean Christian mystery.
It is great seeing Millie interact with the other crew members. There is a bit of competition between Gracie and Millie. It is great fun to read.
Another perfectly adorable cozy mystery book by Hope Callaghan.
If you like cozy mysteries then you will love Millie in this book and in the whole Cruise Ship Christian Cozy Mystery Series. This is book six of the series.
I love Millie’s adventures because it is like taking a cruise without having to hop a plane.
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