by Yahrah St. John
Publisher: Harlequin Kimani
★★★★☆ (4 / 5 stars)
This was an enjoyable book, though it felt like it read a little longer than most Kimani books I’ve read. This is the first of a three-book mini-series, The California Desert Dreams, which features the stories of three best friends, Kimberly Parker, Robyn Henderson, and Gabrielle Royce. This story is all about Kimberly, who is the general manager of the Belleza Resort and Spa, which is the main setting. She meets and falls in love with a guest, Jaxon Dunham, who has been staying at the resort for a while under the name Jack Scott. Both of them have personal family issues they’re dealing with. Kimberly’s parents are paranoid about her ability to run the resort by herself, while Jax’s parents have continuously prodded themselves in his life, trying to force him into marriage with a woman he never loved. Kimberly and Jax are obviously lovestruck for each other, but the time comes when Jax has to leave, and they have to decide what their true feelings are for each other. Jax has a hard time committing, and Kimberly thinks he was just stringing her along in a relationship that never mattered. Eventually they make up, and the HEA is quite satisfying, with a slight twist at the end.
The love scenes were plentiful (perhaps maybe a little too much at times) and I would consider quite steamy for most. Kimberly and Jax made love practically everywhere, and in every way possible.
There were still a few questions I was left with upon finishing this book. Who was behind the bad reviews and the ‘accidental’ fire at the Belleza? It was an intriguing mystery that I was hoping see solved before the end of the book, but I was left hanging, which I hope and/or assume will be explained in the next two books. It’s certainly enticed me to read the rest of the series, even though I’ve never read those other two authors before. This was definitely a great way to introduce me to some new authors to read.