Series: Kissed by the Bay
Author: Susan Hatler
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: December 27, 2015
Publisher: Hatco Publishing
Olivia Lane wants to become the premiere event planner for Blue Moon Bay’s rich and famous. But first she has to impress Greta von Strand—millionaire and bestselling author of Men: Who Needs Them?—by pulling off a two-week luxury getaway for women. The retreat’s all about getting women to embrace their independence by nurturing themselves and each other, and Olivia, who’s never been lucky-in-love herself, is looking forward to it.
The retreat and Olivia’s goals hit a roadblock, however, when sweet-talking firefighter, Brody Mitchell, and his smoking hot friends take up residence at the mansion next door. Now, she must successfully keep Greta and the other women away from their male neighbors, fight her attraction to Brody, and pull off the retreat of a lifetime in one fell swoop.
It’s a battle of the sexes she’s determined to win, otherwise she could lose everything—including her heart.
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Not so much "a battle of the sexes", but more a first-person POV study into an insecure woman's insecurities and inner musings. Luckily for me, this was a short story, because I couldn't stomach Olivia in a larger dose. She was all over the place, but instead of coming off as quirky and endearing, she ended up on the annoying side of the spectrum. I actually pitied the hero for falling for the woman, while also wondering just what he's fallen for the woman.
I liked the premise, the rest of the (supporting) cast was great, the pacing wasn't bad either, but unfortunately the heroine was.