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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Only In Paradise by Michelle Monkou

Only In Paradise by Michelle Monkou
Publisher: Harlequin – Kimani Press
Genre: Action/Adventure; Contemporary
Length: Full (217 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Hibiscus

La Isla del Azur is a piece of heaven, laced with miles of white-sand beaches lapped by crystal clear turquoise water. For teacher Athena Crawford, the lush Caribbean island offers the career opportunity of a lifetime. But there's trouble in paradise: Collin Winslow, the education project's difficult, drop-dead-gorgeous administrator. When they're not locking horns over teaching methods, they're sharing mind-blowing kisses that leave her confused—and craving more.

Collin was ready to dismiss Athena as an empty-headed beauty. Instead he discovers that she's smart, sexy and dedicated to helping his people. Passion erupts as the island works its sultry magic, but can their delicate relationship weather the storms about to break?
A beautiful paradise but full of dangers from both man and nature, La Isle del Azur is the Caribbean island setting of Ms. Monkou’s third book in her Ladies of Distinction series.

Athena Crawford is a woman who is very proud of her heritage. She is a third generation teacher and loves to share her knowledge with others. With the death of her grandmother, Athena is motivated to make a difference and takes a position far from her friends and family. I commend Athena’s work ethic as I could see she was tempted from the moment she saw Collin at the airport.

Collin Winslow looks nothing like the director of my school. Tall, dark and very sexy, he admitted to his attraction to Athena but was going to stick to the “no fraternization” policy at the school. Collin had enough to worry about with the school with budgets, students, policies and gangsters without adding one hot teacher to the mix.

This is one seriously hot story. When I read about the interactions in the hallway and especially at the waterfall, I felt like I was burning up. The story gets involved in a misconduct charge, supervisors being called and bribery allegations, all from a jealous want-to-be girlfriend. When Mother Nature steps in, I could picture this story on the big screen.

Only In Paradise doesn’t have to be read on a tropical island but it did the job of making me believe I was on one. I know I’ll be checking out the other books in this refreshing series.