Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals.
When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing…
Riley Eddison doesn’t want change. Desperate to escape the memories of his past, he lives a life of solitude in the lighthouse. Yet he can’t help but notice the gorgeous woman who swims out to his island one day.
Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides.
She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay. But is that all Darcy’s fallen for?
*Thank you to the publisher, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.
After losing her job as a marine biologist, Darcy Davenport moved to White Cliff Bay from London for a fresh start. But truth be told, she needs to get away from her overbearing parents who constantly sees her as a major disappointment. She’s always loved White Cliff Bay, where her late Aunt Ginny lived, ever since she was a kid. It is where her love for all things sea started, she’s fascinated with sharks and also, mermaids. And she’s very excited to start over in a small town near the beach and with lovely people who warmly welcomed her. Like her aunt, she fell in love with the place, too, mostly, with the lighthouse. But then, it turned out that the lighthouse is in danger of being demolished soon despite it being a tourist attraction. Darcy decided to start a petition to stop the demolition even if the American owner, Riley Eddison, is a total snob. But she can’t deny the fact that she is drawn to the mysterious and reclusive Riley. Like Darcy, Riley just moved to White Cliff Bay to move on from his past. He likes being alone, away from people, and yet, when Darcy came along and threatened his solitude, he can’t stop himself from liking her, too much. They may started on the wrong foot, but later on, they get along really well. Fall in love, even. But what will happen once they found out that Darcy’s new job is to oversee the demolition of the lighthouse?
This is my first Holly Martin book and I had no idea that it’s part of the series White Cliff Bay. It is already the third book, though it can be read as a standalone as it’s about different main characters than the first two books. I was attracted by the cover and as it was back in summer when I requested it, it was a perfect read for the season. Only, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hope I would. I struggled to get into the story even though I love the setting, Rose Island sounds like a wonderful place. I also didn’t buy the fast development of the romance between Darcy and Riley. I wasn’t swept away by their romance, not until the last part, that is. I feel like it was forced and wasn’t given enough time to blossom into something more realistic. The dialogues between them are too cheezy at times. While Darcy is a likeable character, she just seemed so perfect and so naive and overly clumsy, at the same time. Riley, though he has an interesting backstory, is also a bit dull. The characters I did enjoy though, are Libby and George. They are so much fun to read than the main characters.
One thing I really like is how the big part of the storyline is focused on the lighthouse. Also, all the talk about sharks and sea life are truly fascinating. I particularly love the last part where the sharks played a really important role in saving the lighthouse. And so, overall, I still think it is a fun read despite the struggle. I even plan on getting the first two books of the series and some more from Holly Martin.