Title: Bungalow Nights
Author: Christie Ridgway
I’m a bit conflicted with my review of Bungalow Nights. I ended the book feeling all rosy and sappy which I expect when I finish a romance so that was good. The desired effect was achieved. However, if you really look into the details of the plot it makes it less believable, which takes away from the rosy afterglow.
There are some definite stretches with this story. Mainly in whether or not Layla’s father would actually ask Vance to fulfill the helmet list with Layla in his stead. I’ve never been in a life and death situation, so I can’t honestly say what I would do or how I would feel, but it just seems like a very odd request for Layla’s father to make. But if you don’t dwell on it and just let the sweet gesture be what guides you through the story it does make for a nice romance. The key, though, is to not over analyze. Just read.
Vance and Layla’s chemistry felt very real to me and I enjoyed them as characters. I was a bit surprised that they ended up being physical as fast as they were. I just think it would have added more to their relationship if it had been put off a bit more. The ending made it more acceptable, but I will admit throughout most of the book I kept thinking that I wish things would go slower for them.
Baxter was my favorite character, and he had such a minor role in comparison to the others. I just really liked the transformation that he took throughout the course of the story and the effect that love had on him. I think true love really can change someone for the better. And every woman could use a Baxter in her life. Though a little too perfect and slightly unbelievable, it was still a great read. I’ll definitely be giving the rest of the books in the Beach House No. 9 series a try.
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*I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this book.*