Listening Length: 4 hours and 38 minutes
Paradise can be hell.
Most people would say being stranded in the villa of Spanish shipping magnate Miguel García Arquero on the beautiful isle of Ibiza wasn’t such a bad deal. But Hudson Barber isn’t one of them. To him, being stuck without a passport in a foreign country far from home is a nightmare, made worse by the fact that the person who did the stranding was his flighty twin brother.
Unwilling to turn Dalvon in for identity theft, Hudson is forced to wait, but meanwhile he discovers the chance to rehabilitate Miguel’s failing local businesses—enterprises left to Dalvon’s inexperienced care. The flagging ventures are a badly wrapped gift from heaven, and if Hudson can turn them around, he might be able to leverage the experience to finish his MBA.
Then Miguel returns to Ibiza, and instead of finding a boy toy, he discovers Hudson has turned his cold villa into a warm, welcoming home. Miguel’s path is clear: convince Hudson to lay down his defenses and let love in.
What I love most about this authors books/audios is that you never really know what we are getting. Sometimes that’s a good thing sometimes not so much. This time it worked out pretty well.
Twin brothers, the older made it a point to insure the young got everything in life. Growing up the foster care, Hudson made sure that the young twin was sheltered, spoiled, and received everything he himself could or wouldn’t allow himself to believe he needed, wanted or deserved. This led to a very one sides and unhealthy relationship not just with the brother but with everyone in his life.
My issues, Hudson gives in too quickly, about everything! Forgiving, the whole situation, it’s frustrating. For being the more dominating brother, he sure is weaker.
What I loved, everything else, the sites, the sounds, the family. The way Miguel coveted Hudson, not just the body but the person, the brain. The way everyone gravitas towards him, made me as well.
Even though I found the second part of the story a little crazy (gun running) it was still a very enjoyable book.
The Narrator, Alexander Collins, I believe this was my first by him. And I found that this was a very voice that matched characters perfectly. That deep Hispanic to the classic American.