Laney Carrigan is visiting the Big Island of Hawaii to meet her birth family for the first time. She has come into contact with her Hawaiian family when they recognised a photograph of the quilt she was left wrapped in when she was abandoned as a baby. Her adoptive father was in the military and her adoptive mother is now dead, so she's never felt at home anywhere, and her career as a travel journalist hasn't given her the opportunity to set down roots.
Kai Barnes was raised by Laney's birth family as a foster child, after his mother was murdered. He forms an instant dislike of Laneyâ€”he's convinced she's simply out to get what she can, and is determined to protect his foster family from this interloper.
Aloha Rose didn't meet expectations for me. I'm not sure why. It's the second book I've read by Lisa Carter, and all I can say is that something doesn't gel between the way she writes and the way I read. The beginning was very fast, too many characters were introduced too quickly, and although I got the instant attraction between Laney and Kai, I didn't see their relationship progress beyond that attraction. I suspect there was too much focus on showing us the interaction between the couple, and too little on showing us their deeper feelings. Good characters and an interesting concept, but something about the writing just didn't work.
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Kai Barnes, however, is determined to protect the people he's come to regard as family. He thinks Laney is nothing more than a gold digger and blocks every move she makes toward her Hawaiian family. As their conflict escalates, it puts at risk the one thing that Kai and Laney both want mostâ€”a family.
ALOHA ROSE exceeded my expectations. As book twelve in the Quilts of Love series, a collection of stories written by different authors about quilts and how they are the threads that hold a family together, this book was just head and shoulders above most of the others I've read so far in this series.
Both Kai and Laney are survivors. Both abandoned as children, Laney's mother leaving her on a doorstep, and Kai's mother murdered in his presence. Plus, Kai is suffering for PTSD, a result of Afghanistan. But while Kai knows his history, Laney has no memory of it. Only what she has been told or "knows in her heart." And some of what she "knows" is lies.
There was a twist in this storyâ€”but I saw it coming way before it happened, so it wasn't a big surprise.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great tension between Laney, Kai, and her family. I wanted the sexual tension to be a notch or two higher, but it was there as well. If you enjoy contemporary romances then ALOHA ROSE is a book you'll want to read. It will warm your heart in more ways than the Hawaiian sunshine.
I really enjoyed this wonderful story about finding where you belong. I loved plucky Laney and her search for her roots and cowboy Kai, both afraid to trust and be vulnerable. The romance was great and I loved the immersion in Hawaiian culture. I so want to visit there even more now! The sense of humor was wonderful and so was the twist at the end of the story. This is part of the Quilts of Love series, but each is a stand alone. There wasn't anything I didn't like about this story! Check it out if you like romance!
I received a copy of this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
WOW! Yes I know I use that word a lot, but it is a good word to describe how you feel about a book! I have never read this author before and this book just was a great story. I cried, I laughed, I got mad, just like the characters did. I felt like I was part of the story, it drew me in so deep. I wanted to knock some sense into the leading man. But the author straightened him out for me. LOL I did love this book, a great read. I also loved the quilt story. And I had figured out something (no spoilers) that was very important to the story, way before it was revealed. Yes there is a bit of unknown through the story, things that make you wonder. Great read, do not miss this book!! 5 stars
In her lovely descriptive prose, Lisa Carter awakens our senses to a wonderful Hawaiian adventure_laden with the fragrant aroma of exotic jasmine, ginger, and birds-of-paradise, cascading waterfalls, colorful rainbows, and emerald green valleys. However, amidst the alluring beauty of Hawaii lie long buried secrets, deep seated emotional pain_and hearts that need healing.
Laney Carrigan reluctantly arrives in Hawaii to reunite with her biological family at the dying request of her adoptive mother. Left on a doorstep many years ago wrapped in a lovely Hawaiian quilt, Laney becomes acquainted with her new family and learns the significance of the quilt and the heartbreaking demise of her birth mother. Living in the old plantation manager's ranch house close by is the handsome Kai Barnes, a cowboy and former Army pilot who flew SAR medevacs.
Amidst the mysterious beauty of this exotic island, Kai and Laney's attraction begins to grow stronger, although it seems as if every negative force comes against them to sabotage their newfound romance. Laney learns of a web of deceit surrounding her that only seeks to add to her feelings of rejection, and Kai withdraws from her because of long buried secrets and major issues with PTSD. Will both accept God's healing for their broken lives?_and will Laney find the love of family she so desperately craves? Does she finally learn the true meaning of the word "Aloha?"
This is the first book I have read by this author, but I can assure you it won't be my last. Lisa Carter is an expert at descriptive imagery and I felt like I was actually seeing the magnificent isle of Hawaii for the first time right alongside Laney! The characters were very realistic and fleshed out, with serious problems such as Alzheimers and PTSD that were not sugar-coated, but portrayed with beauty, compassion, and dignity to the sufferers. With a lot of twists and turns, a strong spiritual thread throughout, and a very climactic conclusion make sure to put "Aloha Rose" at the top of your wishlist! ALOHA!