After All the Feels and Spoiler Alert, Olivia Dade once again delivers a warm and wonderful romantic comedy about two co-stars who once had an incredible one-night stand–and after years of filming on the same remote island, are finally ready to yield to temptation again…
Maria’s one-night-stand–the thick-thighed, sexy Viking of a man she left without a word or a note–just reappeared. Apparently, Peter’s her surly Gods of the Gates co-star, and they’re about to spend the next six years filming on a desolate Irish island together. She still wants him…but he now wants nothing to do with her.
Peter knows this role could finally transform him from a forgettable character actor into a leading man. He also knows a failed relationship with Maria could poison the set, and he won’t sabotage his career for a woman who’s already walked away from him once. Given time, maybe they can be cooperative colleagues or friends–possibly even best friends–but not lovers again. No matter how much he aches for her.
For years, they don’t touch off-camera. But on their last night of filming, their mutual restraint finally shatters, and all their pent-up desire explodes into renewed passion. Too bad they still don’t have a future together, since Peter’s going back to Hollywood, while Maria’s returning to her native Sweden. She thinks she needs more than he can give her, but he’s determined to change her mind, and he’s spent the last six years waiting. Watching. Wanting.
His shipwrecked Swede doesn’t stand a chance.
Unfortunately, this one didn’t work for me as well as the previous two books. There was a lot of funny banter, but not much plot. It felt longer than it needed to be — I kept waiting for something to happen. They had long conversations where I was waiting for information to appear or real conflict, but 🎆 nothing of substance. It felt like the author jumped to the scenes she felt like writing and glossing over the rest, and mostly what she wanted to write was banter. If you are looking for banter, this is your book.
Mild spoilers below the cut
It covered a time span of six years, during which they fall in love but refuse to bang despite literally everyone else on their crew pairing up, somehow without their noticing? Such a long span meant the author had to jump big periods of time, and we missed a lot of actual page-time with the two characters interacting and growing together. The timeline was forced by their meet-cute happening before the TV series they star in starts, which means that they have to insert a “pine here for SIX FLIPPING YEARS”????? For a book series making fun of GoT, ironically it suffers from a similar time problem GRRM’s written himself into with needing to age up the kids. The third act especially didn’t work for me.
I disliked the fanfic interludes, as I did in the previous books. The group chats were funny but didn’t really add much to the story. I preferred the text threads between the two characters, since we missed seeing them interact and fall in love over six years. Those were weirdly timed, though, jumping backwards in the story by years as if to make up for all the character growth they didn’t show us. The timeline overlapped weirdly with the second book, which I read long enough ago to remember little of, and those scenes kind of felt like unnecessary alt POVs, like the author would have preferred to be writing more of the other characters again.
I cannot conceive of this TV show: you have two cast members literally building huts and harvesting seaweed, rarely visited by any other members of the show, and somehow this content is interesting enough to span *six seasons* and become a fan favorite couple?
I did not like starting the story in the middle of them having sex. It was awkward to enter a viewpoint between two people I didn’t know right as they’re cumming 😒
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