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Paradise Rules

by Beth Kery

Berkley Trade | October 6, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Paradise Rules is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
From the author of Sweet Restraint comes a story about one woman's island, under another man's rules...

To most people, Hawaii's crystal blue shores are an inviting opportunity to escape reality. But for Lana Rodriguez, who grew up there, the picture-perfect vacation getaway disguises the bitter truths she escaped years ago, and not without some emotional scars. Now a successful blues singer, Lana is returning to Waikiki to control her own destiny, with a bold defiance when it comes to men, romance, and sex.

A local celebrity, businessman, and island god, Jason Koa is every woman's dream, but for Lana, it's not love at first sight. Though their start is rocky, they can't deny the passions they arouse in each other. Jason decides it's time to show Lana who makes the rules on this island, and in the bedroom. But will Jason's attempt at breaking Lana's shell reveal secrets that neither are prepared to face, or will they allow themselves to get swept away by a tidal wave of desire?


 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.95 in

Published: October 6, 2009

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425230120

ISBN - 13: 9780425230121

Found in: Romance

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Molten Hot, Steamy Romance Ahead - Hawaii Style: Proceed with Caution! Lana Rodriquez is a successful, blues singer. She comes across, cool, confident and a smidge on the bitchy side. She’s also not a huge fan of Hawaii (even though she lived there for a short time during her childhood), but when her best friend/assistant Melanie suggests a vacation on the island paradise to get over a particularly nasty divorce, Lana begrudging agrees to accompany her. Jason Koa is practically Hawaii’s favorite son. His family is steeped in Hawaiian tradition; he’s a former Olympic swimmer and has several very successful businesses including a surfing school which he still occasionally teaches at. Jason and Lana’s first meeting gets off to a rocky start. She has agreed to take a surfing lesson with Melanie, but when they arrive at the surfing school, they discover their teacher (Jason) is late. This ticks Lana off to no end and it doesn’t get any better, when she discovers Jason, in the back room, indulging in a little après surfing hanky-panky with another student. Despite their inauspicious beginning, sparks do fly right from the start between these two and neither can deny that they are attracted to one another. Jason is intrigued by Lana and her standoffish behavior, and he is determined to crack her cool exterior shell to see what lies beneath the surface of Ms Rodriquez. This book is full of hot, steamy, sweaty sex, no doubt about it and not for the faint of heart. Jason and Lana’s relationship is not without its bumps along the way, compounded by underlying issues in both their personal lives that affect how their relationship plays out. If you’re in the market for a red-hot read, you can’t miss with Paradise Rules by Beth Kery.
Date published: 2010-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Told Story Of An Island Romance Successful blues singer Ailana “Lana” Rodriguez has accompanied her friend and personal assistant, Melanie, on a vacation to Waikiki. Melanie is weathering a very acrimonious divorce and as much as Lana hates the island, (that was once her home) she wasn’t about to let her friend go alone. Melanie books a surfing lesson for the two of them and when the instructor for the school is unfashionably late, Lana (not known for patience) goes to seek him out. She finds their instructor, whom she later discovers is Jason Koa, in a very compromising position with a young blonde tourist. After a terse exchange where sparks fly between Lana and Jason, he does meet his commitment and give the women a surfing lesson. Lana had herself well camouflaged to avoid recognition, however in order to take the lesson she has to remove her big hat and cover-up. It is at this point that Jason discovers she is the famous blues singer whose music he has enjoyed for years. Lana Rodriguez is a complex heroine. She is beautiful, sexy, has a razor sharp tongue and while she keeps and outward appearance of perfect calm, she is inwardly vulnerable and insecure doing battle with many past demons. Lana is sexually experienced and has always assumed the control with her past liaisons never allowing a man to get too close. That is until Jason…. Jason “Jace” Koa, Olympian swimmer, surfing champion, local legend, restaurateur and entrepreneur, lives on a luxury houseboat moored in a private lagoon on the island. The setting is absolutely breathtaking. Jace is strong minded and completely comfortable in his own skin. He is secure and happy with his upbringing and very involved with his large, tight knit extended family. Jace also likes control and is a dominant in the bedroom. Jace has enjoyed his pick of any female he has wanted over the years but has never considered settling down or committing himself to one woman. Then along comes the prickly and seemingly cold hearted Lana Rodriguez…. After admiring their ‘surfing instructor’, Melanie makes a joke about enjoying some male ‘companionship’ while on the island. Lana decides that is just what the doctor ordered and arranges for male escorts for herself and her friend through what is supposed to be a ‘reputable’ agency that is known to be very discreet with respect to its clientele’s privacy. Meanwhile, Jason is at his popular restaurant “Jace’s” and his cousin Ipo “Po” Koa, pays a visit. Po is a slimy little cretin who just so happens to own “Hawaiian Nights”, which is the same escort service (and strip club) that Lana has called for her and Melanie’s ‘dates’. Po brags about a ‘celebrity’ booking an escort and Jason puts two and two together. At first he tries to ignore his desire to see Lana again, however, since the opportunity has presented itself, he decides to approach Po with an offer to step in as her ‘escort’. When Lana opens her hotel room door to find her paid escort is none other than the surfing instructor who she had words with earlier in the day, surprise is an understatement to describe her reaction. Jason will not be pushed around or patronized by Lana and she quickly learns he isn’t about to be controlled, in fact, it is exactly the opposite. Lana is a victim of childhood neglect and abuse and continues to suffer the after effects of that trauma. I found her to be quite fearful of the passion Jason arouses in her when he takes control during their sensual encounter, but at the same time she experiences a sense of awe at the magnitude of her response. In reaction to these unaccustomed feelings she patronizes Jason and pushes him away and he leaves angry never expecting to see her again. Jace Koa, simply ROCKS. He knows Lana is struggling with relinquishing control to him, but certainly flourishes and responds. Lana is not sexually naïve and despite allowing Jason to take the reins, gives as good as she gets. Jason is stunned when Lana chooses to seek him out and convinces her to spend a night and a day with him, with the condition that she follows, “his rules”. These two are “volcanic” together and the narrative is laced, but not overburdened with what I have come to know as Ms. Kery’s signature emotional, sexually charged love scenes. I also enjoyed some of the dry wit incorporated in the dialogue, both of these characters manage to slip some pretty good “shots” that had me snickering and laughing out loud. There are a number of great supporting characters which all have a small role in Lana and Jace’s story. Especially memorable is Lily Koa, the grand matriarch of the family who lays eyes on Lana and reveals startling information about her past which leads to an emotional climax. “Her Island, His Rules.” With Jason’s strength, nurturing and eventual love, Lana comes to accept both him and her island, and as a reader, I was happy she did.
Date published: 2009-10-04

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Paradise Rules

Paradise Rules

by Beth Kery

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.95 in

Published: October 6, 2009

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425230120

ISBN - 13: 9780425230121

About the Book

From the author of "Sweet Restraint" comes a story of a successful blues singer who returns to her native Waikiki to make a fresh start. But when she meets local celebrity Jason Koa, the two can't deny the passion they arouse in each other.

From the Publisher

From the author of Sweet Restraint comes a story about one woman's island, under another man's rules...

To most people, Hawaii's crystal blue shores are an inviting opportunity to escape reality. But for Lana Rodriguez, who grew up there, the picture-perfect vacation getaway disguises the bitter truths she escaped years ago, and not without some emotional scars. Now a successful blues singer, Lana is returning to Waikiki to control her own destiny, with a bold defiance when it comes to men, romance, and sex.

A local celebrity, businessman, and island god, Jason Koa is every woman's dream, but for Lana, it's not love at first sight. Though their start is rocky, they can't deny the passions they arouse in each other. Jason decides it's time to show Lana who makes the rules on this island, and in the bedroom. But will Jason's attempt at breaking Lana's shell reveal secrets that neither are prepared to face, or will they allow themselves to get swept away by a tidal wave of desire?


 

About the Author

Beth Kery loves romance, and the more emotionally laden and sexy the romance the better. She holds a doctorate in the behavioral sciences and finds the internal world of human beings to be a constant source of fascination.