Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Not Always Happenstance- Tour and Giveaway

Not Always (1)

Not Always Happenstance My Rating: 4 Stars

Description: Lani has lived in Hana, Hawaii for five years. She’s learned to surf, fish, dive, and manage her grandmother’s bed and breakfast. She’s also learned to take one day at a time the way it should be taken—relaxed and unrushed, savoring every moment. But, like a large wave on the brink of breaking, her life is about to crash out of control. A proposal of marriage, a conniving grandmother, a cryptic Asian woman, and a handsome guest, and suddenly everything calm begins to churn, everything clear becomes confused, and all that was normal segues into peculiar. As Lani struggles against the current to hold her ground, she realizes that she can either continue to fight and eventually lose, or take a take a leap of faith, hold her breath, and ride the wave wherever it takes her. 

 ***This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series that features one recurring character—the match maker—but it is a STAND-ALONE novel.*** 

My Thoughts: I am really enjoying this series. Not Always Happenstance is the second book in the matchmaker series and although it is written by a different author than the first, I was pleased with how the story connected with the first.

I did not like this book as much as the first, I will admit. From the beginning I found Easton not all that likeable as a hero because he admits to dating women in order to use them as a means of exploring their communities, then he leaves without ever having said goodbye. At first, Easton fully intends to treat Lani this way, even though she had made it clear that she was engaged. I didn't like that he thought he could treat her like a game, to see if he could win her away from her fiance only to leave her at the end of the summer.

But Lani stood up for herself. She didn't let Easton play with her and refused to be his next conquest. Once Easton realized that he wanted more than a summer with her, and that he had been wrong in treating all the past women the way he had, I started to like him and was able to believe in their relationship.

Just like the first book, this one deals with the idea that love is not easy and there is a lot that people have to be willing to work though if they want happily-ever-after. I'm excited to see where this goes with the next books and am hopeful that they will be just as good.

I received this book through I am a Reader, Not a Writer in exchange for an honest review.


Author Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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