Trouble in Paradise by Cindy Jacks

Trouble in Paradise by Cindy Jacks
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (84 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Clover

Meeting and marrying in one of the most romantic places on earth, Clarissa and Mika seem to have it all—promising careers, plans for the future and passion that burns bright enough for everyone to see. But all is not as it seems.

Family is central to Mika, and he’s ready to start a brood of his own with the woman he loves. A haole from the Mainland and from a broken home, Clarissa isn’t as eager to jump into parenthood. When Mika’s hunky cousin Sione declares he’s always had feelings for Clarissa, crystal-blue waters turn cloudy and stormy.

Drawn to Sione and his rebel-without-a-pause ways, Clarissa struggles with her love for Mika and her desire for freedom. Mika sets her aflame, body and heart, but Sione seems to see into her soul. Unless Clarissa and Mika can find a way to bridge the divide, it’s trouble in paradise for both of them.

The heart has lots of room for love, but the bonds of others can make it hard to beat!

Clarissa is in a dilemma there is no doubt about that, despite living in an idyllic location and having a husband that literally sweeps her off her feet and into bed, there’s a big elephant in the room and his name is Sione.

To complicate things Sione is the husband’s cousin. Both are gorgeous, both want her, she wants both of them but there’s one small, no make that massive, problem – kids! And it’s not what you think, it’s not Clarissa’s body clock that’s making the demands!

I really enjoyed Trouble in Paradise, the author took a very sensitive issue, compounded it with the baby angle, and took the challenge head on. It’s well written, the characters are likeable and the tension and the dilemmas tangible.

I liked both heroes, and could see why Clarissa did too. The story paces along well and I certainly felt the title suited the book, it should all be perfect…but…!

If you enjoy angst and sexy men and a woman who just can’t decide then you won’t go too far wrong with this one. I’m a fan of the author as she writes in a way that I can really relate to and the fact that she doesn’t always stay ‘safe’ with plot lines is commendable.

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