Sunday, May 4, 2014

Krystle's Review for "Quintal's Quandary" by Nadine Christian.



Quintal's Quandary
Nadine Christian
Expected release - August 2014
Blurb -
A disaster looming on the horizon? Unflappable, Jen Quintal will divert it. She’s a fixer. Confident and fearless, nothing fazes her and no issue is unsolvable. Until now.
When her best friend Felix drops a bombshell and issues her a shocking ultimatum, Jen is rocked to the core. With secrets unveiled and heartbreak on the cards, Jen must strive to put into perspective what is precious and real in her life, before someone else makes the decision for her.
When all you do is solve everybody else’s problems, what happens when you find your own life turned upside down and inside out? And, what if making the wrong decision means losing your best friend forever?

Author Nadine Christian took me back to the beautiful island of Pitcairn with Jen and Felix's story. We learn a little about Jen from book one in the series “Quintal's Return”, and I'm so glad that Jen got her own book. This book has a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, I love Jen's character and how she thinks. She's definitely someone I would be friends with if she were a real person. The romance in this book is steamy hot and sensual, and I really adore this series with all of it's other Island characters that we've met from other books. With the way the author describes everything, from the flowers, to the birds, to the sounds of the ocean booming against the shore, it's as if you're on the island with them. And if you were, the residents would all welcome you as if you belong there.

Quintal's Quandary” proves that some people are completely blind to see the love that is obviously right in front of their faces. Poor Jen is victim of that here, both she and the main hero, Felix work for the hotel; Jen in management, and Felix the head Chef. They're the best of friends, and he also lives with her as a room-mate at her home. She had a “thing” for him when he first came on the island, but shortly after his arrival, he disclosed to her that he wasn't interested in the island girls. What she failed to understand, was that with him basically being “fresh meat” to an island full of vulchers, he didn't want to take advantage of that and just date anyone. Especially since he was new and had a kitchen in a very prestigious new hotel to run.

Sooooo, poor girl immediately thought that he wasn't into girls...but was batting for the other team. Lol, I cracked up because that would totally have been something I would have assumed.

They live together for almost a year as flat-mates, Jen thinking that Felix is just her best friend, meanwhile Felix's feelings for her have gotten so intense he's having a hard time containing himself while being around her. Even though, everyone on the island can see that he's way into her, she's still blinded by the fact that she thinks he's Gay. Until...he sheds some light on how he's felt about her!

But, now there's a new guy, Tyler, who comes to replace her sister Kate's position while she's out of the country to have her baby. He's moved in and captured Jen's attention. I love how Jen describes him the first time she see's him. “The walking, talking pile of M.A.N. Who strutted like a peacock through the foyer with Kate this morning during mid-rush. That's who him.” …...Sounds dreamy!!

Now with two men suddenly thrown into Jen's life, what's a woman to do? She's gone almost a year of thinking a man was off the market to her, he's her best friend, and now he wants them to be exclusive. Her own fear of her past relationships has her doubting herself, and she believes that there will be only one possible outcome – she'll fail at this relationship too, and lose her best friend in the process.

Then there's her very own “Adonis” as she also calls Tyler, swooping in all God-like, doing some major flirting with her.

Hmmm...I was actually quite pleased though, with the direction that the author took us with this situation. I was rooting for Jen and Felix the whole book, and cheered when she learned that it was okay to just let go, feel with your heart, not to over think things, or have to try to fix everything. I finished the book with a smile on my face, and can't wait to read whatever else Ms. Christian has in store for her readers!

It's more like your heart chooses for you. It's like having a while jigsaw but one piece is missing, and he comes along and passes you the last section.” Kate describing true love to her sister Jen.

I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review from the author. Thank you !!!

Nadine Christian lives on Pitcairn Island, a small isle in the middle of the South Pacific, with her five children, four goats, two cats and thirty chickens. With its rich maritime history, Pitcairn’s romantic past comes alive in her novels, capturing the taste of life on an isolated tropical island, miles from the rush and bustle of normal city life.


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