You got peanut butter on my chocolate!
You got chocolate in my peanut butter!
Two great tastes that taste great together.
When I first heard about Love Finds You in Sunset Beach, Hawaii by Robin Jones Gunn, I scratched my head--is it a good idea to merge two popular series? Robin Jones Gunn wrote twelve young adult novels about her teenage character Sierra Jensen. Summerside Press authors have written over 40 "Love Finds You" titles since the series launched in October 2008. Now the two were ready to meet, and it was time to see if the match blended as well as a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.
Here is the book description, courtesy of Summerside Press:
Sierra came to Sunset Beach for relaxation—not for world-class surfing and certainly not for romance! When a wealthy friend offers Sierra Jensen a vacation at an oceanfront beach house, she envisions a quiet retreat where she can plan her next move. Instead, she arrives at the start of the noisy surfing competitions and is surprised to learn that her friend had an ulterior motive—namely, introducing Sierra to Jordan Bryce, the tenant staying below them. Jordan is a photographer whose lens and attention are focused on the surfers, and he is not willing to let anyone get in his way of landing the next cover shot for Surf Days magazine. Sierra and Jordan came to Sunset Beach looking for different things. But as the surf pounds the North Shore, will they discover something better than either of them had imagined?
I can't speak for the die-hard Sierra Jensen fans (being only marginally familiar with Sierra's story) but as Christian romance fan, I thoroughly enjoyed Love Finds You in Sunset Beach, Hawaii. Robin Jones Gunn has a gift for making places come alive so that feel like I'm on an exotic vacation every time I open one of her novels. This one was no exception. I could feel the ocean breezes, smell the tropical flowers and enjoy the rush of the surfing competitions. I even marveled at Jordan's photography skill--without even being able to see his photographs. The romance that blossoms between Sierra and Jordan was sweet and gentle--and clearly a "God-thing" as Sierra calls it.
As good as a peanut butter cup? Hmmm. I'd better go raid my kid's Halloween stash and do a little more research. Mmmm. Yep, two tastes do taste great together!