Monday, September 4, 2017

East in Paradise (Journey to the Heart #2)
by Tif Marcelo


ebook390 pages
Expected publication: September 4th 2017 by Pocket Star
ISBN: 9781501169496




When an entrepreneur and an Army reservist end up in their own reality show fauxmance, they have to decide whether their love exists just for the cameras...or if it’s for real in this warmhearted romance, perfect for foodies and wine lovers!

Bryn Aquino, the former manager of a Filipino restaurant, knows the value of hard work. With a shiny new MBA in tow and an investor, she’s ready to start her own business: a culinary retreat where visitors can relax, cook, and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Dubbed Paraiso Retreats, she leases the childhood home of army reservist Mitchell Dunford—who returned from Afghanistan to revive his family’s vineyard—but finds herself in a bind when her investor pulls out of the business.

When the retreat catches an internet live stream producer’s eye through social media channels, Bryn is offered the opportunity of a lifetime—to document her journey in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Excited, Bryn happily agrees to the arrangement...only to find out that she’s going to have to fake an onscreen romance with her indifferent landlord in order to keep her audience interested.

As Mitchell and Bryn put on a show for the cameras, they find their romance isn’t hard to fake. They’ve got more in common under their bluster, banter, and doubts. As their relationship heats up and the cameras keep rolling, the line between show and reality blurs. And when the pressures of family, business, and the audience stack against them, will their romance survive internet stardom? Or was it just for show?







East in Paradise is the second book in the Journey to the Heart series, but this book can be read as a standalone. I read this book as a standalone novel, but now I REALLY want to go back and read book one! East in Paradise was such a delightful novel full of heart, humor, family ties, food, and swoons. I had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading this book! There were emotional moments too that made my heart hurt, but the happy moments healed my aching heart. Some moments of this book felt a bit slower, but the book was well paced as a whole. 

Bryn, the main female character, was a headstrong, determined, and opinionated woman. Bryn wasn't afraid to fight for what she believed in and she always tried to get the last word in her arguments. I also loved how business oriented Bryn was and how she worked hard for everything in her life. She also watched Gilmore Girls and loved food, so it was hard to NOT love Bryn. 



The main male character, Mitchell, was such a romantic, kind, and strong man. Mitchell was a nature lover, and it made my heart so warm. I loved the fact that the author delved into his PTSD and really discussed how it affected him in his life. It was great to see PTSD discussed so openly in a book. It felt like an important topic and it didn't get thrown to the back burner because of the romance. I have no experience with PTSD, but I felt like ti was represented in a realistic and positive manner. 

The romance in this book made my heart swell three times in size. BRYN AND MITCHELL ARE SO FREAKING CUTE TOGETHER. The chemistry between Bryn and Mitchell was off the charts and I literally started shipping them from the moment they met. They had such a funny and adorable meet-cute that I couldn't help but ship it right away! The progression of their romance was slow burning and delicious. Their banter was hilarious and I liked how the romance never completely took over the plot of this book. 

ALSO, THIS BOOK MADE ME SO HUNGRY. THE FOOD AND WINE SOUNDED AMAZING. I WAS NOT PREPARED TO CRAVE SO MUCH FOOD AND WINE. 




East in Paradise was an addictive, charming, and adorable book. This book is one that will suck you in and make you really care about every character. I would recommend this book and series to all romance lovers!

4 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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