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Hawaiian Masquerade

About the bookLexi closed her eyes. The waves rolled in slowly, rhythmically, with a dependability that would never be doubted. Shawn had been her rock and they’d worked together with a rhythm that had kept their jobs and life in sync. Before Derek, she might’ve entertained a future with Shawn … but the dark-haired man with a camera bag slung over his shoulder had changed everything.

When Lexi Burke escaped the remnants of a cold winter in Chicago for the beaches of Kauai, it wasn’t a random vacation. She left the hectic pace of Burke Enterprises behind with enough money to retire at age thirty-two, intent on settling into the idyllic existence of island life. Until she met local photographer  Derek Mitchell—a talented man with a grudge against rich tourists.

From art night to snorkeling lessons, hiking, and chopping coconuts, Lexi can’t talk herself out of spending time with the handsome, hardworking man who knows the value of every dollar. She also can’t find a way to tell him the truth about herself. But then Derek is selected to help in a benefit at a masquerade ball as one of the eligible bachelors up for auction. Lexi must decide whether to wear a mask or unveil her true self and risk losing Derek’s trust and a chance at love.

My review: In the newest Destination Billionaire Romance, we find a bit of a twist on the plots. To this point the Billionaires have all been men, but in this book it's the heroine, Lexi. She's left her hectic life in Chicago working for her brother's business to live a more quite life on the island of Kauai. She's ready to get back in touch with her artistic side and spend time enjoying nature. She doesn't count on finding love though.

I loved the first chapter of this book, the way that Lexi cared for a small lost child in the craft store she was in says a lot about the kind of woman her character is. And, of course, she meets Derek as she's trying to locate the young girl's mother. 

Derek is a local photographer trying to scrape by on his earnings from selling his art. He resents having rich tourists come to the island, while at the same time needing them to buy his art. I love that in order to make ends meet, he helps his friend Pika sell coconut water to the tourists on the island. I love the way that Derek watches out for Pika's mother, he's always looking for ways to make her life a little easier. So sweet!

This is a cute romance, I love the way that Lexi knows she needs to tell Derek about her money, but at the same time, just wants to be seen as a regular girl. And the way he finds out about her money is just a little crazy. 

I loved this book, I loved that it was short, sweet, cute and that I can let my daughter read it without worrying about it!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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