You can follow the rules or you can follow your heart…
Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working. Right after college, she got a prestigious job and gained the stability she’d always craved-until work takes her to the sun-drenched shores of Oahu and places her in the path of sexy surfer Luke Everett. For the first time, she lets her heart take control. Drawn to his carefree charm, she makes a spontaneous and very un-Sienna-like decision to drop everything and stay in Hawaii for two more weeks.
Luke lives fast and wild. When he meets Sienna, he’s convinced that some no-strings-attached fun is just what she needs. As their nights quickly turn from playful to passionate, Luke can’t deny the deep connection he feels. But there’s a reason Luke doesn’t do long-term. He can’t promise Sienna forever, when the enormity of his past has shown him just how fragile the future can be . . .
Jen and Roxie’s Review
Do you ever wish to be more spontenius, to just do things and explore life freely ? To face your fears, to hop on that roller-coaster without freaking out, to get on an airplane without thinking it will go down? To let go of it all. Would you be happier, freer? Would letting go make a difference?
This book is set in beautiful Hawaii. Sienna is a successful event planner. She is dedicated to her career and her life pretty much revolves around her job. Financial security weighs heavily on her mind since she witnessed her own parents struggle her whole life. She arrives to Oahu to work a wedding. Quick in and out, only 3 days, then she has her next event scheduled as soon as she arrives home.
One day while on a quick break, she takes a walk on the beach with her camera. Here she meets Luke. Hot and charming surfer guy. They have a “moment” and there is this strong pull. You know the one where you think what if I met him someplace else, what if I stayed, what if I did something crazy, what if walked away? The choices you make in life define you and this very decision has Sienna questioning everything she’s ever done.
“Have you ever had that feeling,” she goes on, “when you know deep down that you should do something? Like if you don’t do it, you’ll regret it for the rest of your life?”
Luke is a California boy who lives in Hawaii, with a past that slowly unfolds throughout out the book. His attraction to her and the feelings he has are like none he’s ever experienced or felt before. The intense connection and pull is magical. It’s as if destiny stepped in and had them cross paths for a reason.
“Most people never let their feet leave the ground,” he goes on. “Whether they’re afraid of heights, or afraid of hospitals, or they stay in the same place all their life because they’re afraid of change–so many people go trough life on the ground and die without ever knowing that they can fly.”
Can Sienna let go of her careful planned future for the unknown and be impulsive for once? And once she lets go, will Luke be there to catch her? J.A. Redmerskis writing is just perfection, the story flows effortlessly. You will love the characters and you can’t help but root for them as the story develops. We loved the slow build, the character development and the moments Luke and Sienna shared. At times it was a little slow moving, but well worth it in the end. This is a story of taking risks, facing your fears, and finding strength. It is a story of love, forgiveness and hope.
“Things this magical only happen by accident. Sometimes only once. Sometimes never.”
Then he gets up and grabs my hands from the tops of my bare knees, pulling me to my feet.
“We’re going swimming,” he says. “And we’ll talk more about this later…like on the day your vacation is over and you’re standing at the gate in the airport about to kiss me goodbye.”
“Wow, you really think highly of yourself, don’t you?” I can’t keep the laughter from my voice.
“Damn straight!” he says and pulls me along beside him. “Before these two weeks are over, I can guarantee you three things.” He holds up three fingers as we continue onward toward the water. “One”—he holds up one finger—“you’ll never want to go back to San Diego once Hawaii is done with you.” He holds up two fingers. “Two—that photography love of yours will start to take the place of everything else in your life. And three”—he wiggles three fingers and we stop on the beach where the water can pool around our feet—“you’ll kiss me at least once before you go home.”
I blush hard and it feels like my eyes are bugging out of my head. “I might peck you on the cheek or something, but—”
“No,” he says, smiling and quite serious, “it’ll be a full-on, tongue-dancing kind of kiss.”
I smack him playfully on the arm—something is fluttering around inside my belly.
Luke grabs my hand and pulls me out to the water with him, where we swim and hang out on the cliffs until late in the afternoon. People come and go throughout the hours, sometimes leaving us with Alicia, Braedon, and a few of their close friends to have the area to ourselves for a while before more people show up in intervals.
“Backflip!” someone says just before Luke jumps into the water for probably the twentieth time.
And every time he does it, it ties my stomach up in knots. But there’s something about him that I can’t quite figure out when I watch him leap off the edge of that cliff; it’s not overconfidence or showing off or recklessness, but something deeper, more profound. Maybe it’s a sense of freedom, or a natural high that consumes him while he’s in the air, as if he had been born with a pair of wings that only he can see. But the more time I spend with him, the more intrigued I become. Sure, he’s gorgeous and funny and polite and all the kinds of things—so far—that would make my mom love him to death. But what intrigues and excites me more is how he kind of makes me want to jump off that stupid cliff regardless of how scared I am of it.