No-nonsense executive Naomi Reyes can’t believe she let her boss manipulate her into babysitting Donovan Taylor, the most insufferable creative director of all time. Worse, she’ll be trapped on a private island with him, while a bevy of gorgeous models vie for a coveted chance to grace the cover of M-Class magazine’s inaugural swimsuit edition—and, if the office rumours are true, an equally coveted place in Donovan’s bed. Still, if she survives the trip with no major mishaps, she’ll earn a shot at landing a dream job as an M-Class writer. Easy peasy, right?
Donovan Taylor detests people who try to undermine his artistic control, and his boss’s latest machinations send Donovan to a very devious place. Sure, Ms. Reyes will get her precious photo shoot, but it won’t be what she expects. Bonus? Ruffling the feathers of the humorless exec who’s never liked Donovan will be satisfying, too—assuming she doesn’t drown him in the ocean first.
Let the beach games begin . . .
These characters are insufferable and had absolutely no chemistry. There wasn’t any passion between them, not even the type you feel when you hate someone. Apparently, they hate each other but the passion just was not there.
There wasn’t really a story in this. The whole thing just felt like an excuse to write some smutty scenes. Which personally I don’t enjoy in audiobooks.
This brings me to my next point. I feel like I missed something because at one point they were hardly friendly and the next they are getting it on. My attention span isn’t always great with audiobooks, but I don’t think this was my fault. The last thing I remember was a half-arsed argument or something and then bam hit in the face with a sex scene.
The whole thing was a little uncomfortable and even though there were only 10 minutes left (I listen at 1.5 speed) I thought about turning it off. The sex scene was the only part with actual substance which again proves my thought of the book just being for that purpose. Which fair enough but own that completely rather than hiding it behind a weak plot.
I zoned out for a lot of Sun of a Beach, it really did not capture my attention. So unfortunately I don’t have any good to say other than the voice actors did a decent job. Although there were moments when it sounded like Naomi’s voice actor kept changing. Don’t know if the audio got messed up or something but it was really distracting.
If you weren’t put off by my review you can listen to Sun of a Beach here.
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