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    Adored it

    Adored this book. Loved all the characters, especially Blake. The writing was very well done and extremely descriptive which gave me the feeling of being in Brazil with them. It has a great pace too. No points of dragging things out. The action and story begin right from the first page and keeps your attention to the very end. Definitely one I recommend for everyone.
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    One of my favourite romances of 2015!

    High school math teacher Julia has always played it safe, but for once in her life, she's going to do something daring, starting with a one week trip over Christmas to Brazil. Ending up at a hostel in rural Brazil, she meets Blake, a handsome Australian, who has run from a scandal back home and is seeing South America, one country at a time. While their paths are only meant to overlap for a night, their instant connection becomes a one night stand that becomes more, when Blake decides to ditch his plan and stay with Julia, first at the hostel, then on to Rio where they spend the rest of an incredible week together. But when the New Year dawns and it's time for Julia to return home, reality comes back into focus - will they be able to take what they've built and make it stronger or will it all remain a vacation fantasy? What a fun, sexy story! The setting is idyllic, first with the beautiful location in Brazil, both where the hostel is located and then in the cosmopolitan city of Rio. As an armchair traveler, I love to read about warm, sunny locations and this one is obviously well researched, from the food to the clothing, to the customs and the beautiful vistas. You are immersed in the culture of Brazil right from the start and it certainly sets the mood for the vacation fling that starts when Julia and Blake first meet and realize that they can be whomever they want, and in fact they can be wholly themselves, without judgement or expectation. They have a sizzling sexual chemistry, and at first that's what it is all about - the chance, especially for Julia, to indulge herself in something that she'd never do at home. Their sex scenes are super hot as Julia loses her inhibitions, trusting Blake to provide what she needs. Blake comes across as a playboy type, but definitely still a respectful guy, a loyal friend and a generous lover. The scandal that pushed him to travel is known by some of the others at the hostel, but here he can still just be a guy on vacation, someone with a travelling plan that up to now hasn't been in jeopardy, until it all gets thrown by the wayside when Julia enters his life. And just like his plans get jumbled up, so too does their time together have its ups and downs. Blake is wary of getting more involved in anything than a sexual relationship. And Julia is protective of her heart as well - she knows whatever is between them is going to be short lived, and takes each hour, and each day as it comes. They do spend the week together and during that time, they both begin to fall in love with each other as they open up about their pasts, including why Blake is on this journey. But that's not enough to change their future paths . I loved how the story unfolded (and seriously, the sexy times in this book were smoking up my ereader!) but besides their obvious sexual compatibility, it's a story about trust and companionship and taking risks. We get an eventual happy ever after, and it's well deserved. This was a sexy, entertaining story, the kind where you want to flip the pages faster to see what's going to happen but then you don't want it to end! 5 stars for one of my favourite reads of 2015.
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