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)
by Nicole Flockton (Goodreads Author)