October 30, 2012

book review: the saint's devilish deal

Childhood friends turn into business partners and more in Kristina Knight's The Saint's Devilish Deal.

The Scoop
Esmerelda Quinn has been looking for a place to belong since her parents were killed in a car crash when she was young. The closest thing to home has always been Aunt Constance's villa in Puerto Vallarta, so after a string of hotellier jobs, she's coming home to run the villa.

Santiago Cruz has called the villa home for as long as he can remember. In between surfing events, Constance has always had a room for him. Color him surprised when Constance leaves him with a joint interest in the villa - along with her niece Esmerelda.

Esme isn't thrilled to share ownership of the villa with the the youngest Cruz brother - especially as the Cruz family has been after the villa for years. But Santiago has grown up while she's been away and soon she finds herself falling for the rich boy down the hall - all over again.

Written with similar style to What a Texas Girl Wants, this was a fast read. The story starts quickly in exotic Puerto Vallarta, where the hero and heroine grew up together. After having a fling four years ago while they both lived and worked in Napa, they are thrown together to save a villa.

Of the two, I found Saint's back story the most interesting and well-developed. He is back in Mexico after a nasty surfing accident left him injured. He is at odds with his father and brother, and struggles to help his mother who continues to stay with her abusive husband. Damaged goods are always appealing.

I am also a big fan of people with history getting back together. Somehow, knowing they have a past together and old feelings mixing with new, makes the happy ending work, which was definitely the case in this one. It was easy to understand why each felt what they felt and wanted what they wanted (or didn't want).

Esme and Saint's motivations were clear early on, but sometimes each of them seemed so complicated, I wondered how they were ever going to find common ground and a resolution. But this is a love story, and they do.

I would have liked to see more development in the other characters revolving around Esme and Saint. At times it seemed like they appeared and disappeared just as quickly. Saint's brother had more of a presence in the story, and it worked well to help me better understand the main character.

The professional side of their relationship did raise some questions for me, and I found myself confused at times about how they were able to make as many changes as they did in the short amount of time.

Still, it was an enjoyable story, and an entertaining read if you're looking to escape somewhere warm this winter, but are stuck at home. I'm also excited to know Kristina is working on a follow-up to What a Texas Girl Wants. I hoped we would come back to those characters when I read it during the summer.

Rating: 3.5 of 5

Check back tomorrow for more from the author, Kristina Knight.

About the Author
Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police – no, she wasn’t a trouble-maker she was a journalist. When the opportunity to write what she wanted – business and family/parenting articles – and to focus more energy on the stories in her head, she jumped at it.

And she’s never looked back. Now she writes articles for magazines and such by day and writes romance novels with spice by night. And any toddler-free, five minute break she has. She lives on Lake Erie with her husband and 4 year old daughter. Happily ever after.

Connect with Kristina
Website: http://www.kristinaknightauthor.com

Buy the Book
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Saints-Devilish-Deal-ebook/dp/B0096D6WFE/ref=la_B0081LO6DM_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1349205407&sr=1-2
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/kristina-knight

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