Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Review: Daniel's Decision - Nicole Flockton

Daniel's DecisionDaniel's Decision by Nicole Flockton
Nicole McCurdy's rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I didn’t have the privilege of reading the previous books in this series before reading through Daniel’s Decision and I really wish I had as I feel like I would have benefited from more knowledge into the family background but it in no way detracted anything from Daniel’s story.

Before our gorgeous specimen of male Daniel packs his bags and flies off to Australia in order to do a bit of reconnaissance at an exclusive world leading private eco-resort for public figures we see a quick glimpse into the family dynamics of the Whitman clan. Daniel seems to be suffering from that dreaded syndrome of misunderstood middle child as well as still grieving for his mother who passed some years previously, a woman who for all intents and purposes seemed to champion him greatly and bolster him in his endeavours. At the beginning he is butting heads with his father and brother over proposed redevelopment and expansion plans for their Emerald Paradise Resort which leads him to escape the hustle and bustle of his American city life for a retreat in Australia in order to get some more leading ideas for his business.

Daniel comes across as quite lost from the get go. He sees his brother settled down and in love and doing great things with his microbrewery and he begins to feel like no one in the family quite gets where he is coming from which leads him to start missing his mother even more. All this is the catalyst for him escaping for a few weeks to Oz where he meets the beautiful and intelligent Rochelle the woman behind the vast and brilliant improvements to Kulang’s Resort and the woman who holds the key to advising him on his.

It’s an instant attraction for Daniel, a spark ignites from the moment he shakes her hand but Rochelle is guarded and keeps him on his toes reminding him that staff and guests are not permitted to fraternize so at first she resists his charming and flirtatious nature. Rochelle was a great strong character. It made me like her even more that she was stunning, leggy and blonde but was also in possession of a brain and an attitude. There are some great moments between the two of them and a nice flow of witty banter that adds to the sexual chemistry that slowly simmers and builds to a crescendo. What I really liked about this book was the lack of sexually explicit scenes (although I have to say I do enjoy them) it was just such a refreshing change of pace for once to use my imagination when it came to the horizontal mambo.

There is some good drama to intersperse with the touching romance so it isn’t too straight forward of a read; there is always something on the peripheral to disrupt the equilibrium for our love birds. A nice light read for the beach, well written with characters you can connect with and root for and a beautiful HEA. My only grumble as always is that it just didn’t seem long enough but that was pretty much the only downside to the story. Four and a half stars from me.

Daniel's Decision (Emerald Springs Legacy #4)

Meet Daniel, the fourth of five unforgettable characters in the Emerald Springs Legacy.

Life in the small town of Emerald Springs, Washington, is anything but slow and peaceful. An old feud between former business partners Whitman and Sanders keeps competition on a high burner, fueling resentment, renewing rivalries … and love. Now someone is trying to bring down Emerald Tea Farm, and it’s up to both families to protect their future while still wrangling over the past.

Daniel Whitman has a plan to turn their hospitality retreat into a high-end eco-friendly resort, but his father and brothers think the timing is wrong. Against family wishes, he heads off to Australia to an award-winning eco-spa to test their services. He is immediately attracted to marketing manager Rochelle Harris but pushes it aside to concentrate on discovering what has made this resort so successful.

Rochelle is a career woman, whose mother who frittered away every single penny her father earned, putting him into an early grave. Now Rochelle’s sole goal is to get to the top of her field and become financially secure so she won’t need to rely on anyone. What she doesn’t need is a sexy, attractive American distracting her from her plans.

The more time they spend together, the more the attraction grows. Then a disaster back home makes Daniel realize he has to step up to his responsibilities. But is Rochelle prepared to take the risk and relocate halfway around the world—and can Daniel open up and let someone be a true partner in his life?

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