Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: Mai Tai for Two by Delphine Dryden



Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin

Release Date:
May 2014

At her company’s motivational conference, Julie Perfetto and her “work husband”, Alan Cortese are stunned when they each win an all-expense paid vacation for two to Hawaii. Julie intends to ask her best friend Amanda to accompany her, while Alan plans to give his trip to his parents.

Julie is going to make the best of her good fortune. She is going to find a hot guy and have no strings attached sex. Alan’s plans go awry when his parents turn down his gift and he goes on the trip himself. Julie wonders if this is a chance for Amanda and Alan to rekindle their past romance, but when another one of Amanda’s ex-boyfriends shows up, Amanda has no time for Alan. Julie finds herself only too happy with these turn of events.

After all these years of working together, Julie finally admits to herself that she just might have more feelings for Alan than she’s been letting on. Alan has his own feelings to deal with and what better place to do that than in Hawaii?

This is a short, sexy romance. The story has quite a bit of potential but I felt it fell short. The characters acted more like teens than twenty-something year olds. I didn’t really feel their motivation for their actions. They overreacted to the silliest things.

I was very interested in the secondary characters, Amanda and her ex Jeremy. That’s the problem with short reads, there isn’t enough time to delve into the secondary storyline possibilities. However, there’s always a chance that Amanda and Jeremy will have a story of their own. This might not have been my favorite book, but I’d be interested in reading a sequel with Amanda and Jeremy’s story.

I love the Hawaii setting. The author made me feel like I was going to Hawaii, too, and it’s the perfect setting for a romantic vacation.

I was looking forward to trying the Cosmo Red Hot Reads line and I was a bit disappointed with this one, but I’ll try another one. It’s an “ok” read, but nothing more than that for me. I do enjoy reading a shorter length book sometimes.

For reading challenges:
2014 ARC Reading Challenge
2014 E-Book Reading Challenge
2014 Romance Reading Challenge
2014 NetGalley Reading Challenge
Where are you reading? challenge (Hawaii)

FTC Disclosure: NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. If you try another then I hope that one is betetr

  2. Yvonne, thanks for sharing your honest thoughts about this book. The Hawaii setting does sound enticing, but I am sorry that you found the book a bit disappointing in a general sense.

  3. That's too bad it was a bit disappointing.


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