Solace Island

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 06 Dec 2018

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Thank you Penguin Random House International and Berkley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

DNF @ 34%

Solace Island is the first book in a romantic suspense series about Maggie Harris whose fiance breaks up with her the day before their wedding. Apparently he's been cheating on her and Maggie is oblivious by it. Heartbroken and sulking, her older sister Eve brought her to Solace Island for a vacation. Then Even falls in love with the island and decides to stay for good and start anew. Maggie's love interest is their neighbor, Luke Benson. He's known in the town as a baker and his looks drawn women to him. He's also a bit mysterious and she wants to know him more. 

Maggie and Luke have unlucky relationships in the past. Both are attracted to each other even after their awkward first encounter. This book has a potential but I DNF it by 34% for the following reasons:

- I'm having a second hand embarrassment on Maggie. She's overdramatic, clumsy and childish. Her sense of humor and sarcasm makes me cringe. 
- Maggie and Eve are too impulsive. I find it unbelievable they want to be stuck in a small town coming from a city life and leave their responsibilities back home. 
- It feels like a contemporary romance than a romantic suspense. It's a bummer.

I lost my interest. I didn't care about the story nor the characters. The heroine is annoying and the hero is bland. The dialogue is mediocre and cheesy. I am not continuing the series and let myself suffer.
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I liked this story line and I'm looking forward to book two, Cliff's Edge,  in the Solace Island series.  Maggie visits her sister Eve when her life goes haywire over an ex-boyfriend's betrayal. Eve wants Maggie to stay permanently and help open a bakery on the island.  Soon violence comes to their small town as someone is out to kill Maggie and without Luke's help, she would be dead.  A good suspense story with just enough drama to keep you reading.  Looking forward to Eve's story.  I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Solace Island is thriller romance novel. The setting of the book is beautiful. I am in love with island itself, it’s Saturday market and the coffee shops 😍😍 I really appreciated that the female protagonist was a strong woman inside-out. But I wasn’t satisfied with the thriller part of the book. It had its suspense but the ending of it was not that great. I would rate the book 3 ✨ (mostly for the Island itself and the hot baker/romance part of the story 😍😍)
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This was such a fun read.  Humor, mystery, romance, suspense, a real page turner.  I look forward to reading more from Meg Tilly, she’s proved she is a writer.
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D9nt get caught thinking Solace Island is just a romance.   Meg Tilly has given us a book that is fun,  loving, and suspenseful.  Great book; I didn't want to put it down.
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Solace Island is a place for Maggie to recover, after being dumped by her fiance the night before the wedding. Needed a place for her soul to heal, Maggie found more than she expected while there. After finding out about the local wildlife, Maggie’s sister Eve shows up just in time to make things interesting. It’s obvious that Eve and Maggie care deeply for each other. Eve encourages Maggie to spread her wings a little and enjoy their time there. Enter Saturday markets and sexy neighbor Luke and increasing danger to her life, Maggie digs deep and finds herself and once of the lifetime love.

Luke has left the high-society, high-paying life of security after a personal relationship almost left him dead. Rehabbing both his body, heart and mind on the island, Luke is able to make his bread and enjoy a much slower paced life until Maggie jumps into his arms. Unable to deny the pull between the two Luke risks his heart and shares his market days, falling deeper and deeper each time for Maggie. When Maggies’ life starts to crumble, Luke knows what he needs to do to protect her and give them a chance.

Luke and Maggie’s story takes a while to really start. Once the romance and suspense enter the plot, things really take off and the story becomes so much more. The romance has some super sexy scenes and some swoon worthy sweet talking. Ms. Tilly created some great characters, down to earth and relatable. I could see many characters strong enough to have their own story. The plot started slow and warmed up and held a twist I did not seeing coming, it had the perfect balance between sweet/steamy and suspense/drama.
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When I saw this book available, I thought to myself "I know that author's name....." but couldn't remember where.... I read the synopsis of this book and I became interested and requested it. When I was approved, I googled the author and then realized how I knew her and it wasn't about books.  I became leery of the book, but as soon as I started reading I knew I was in for a good read!

Solace Island is a place for When Maggie is dumped by her fiance the night before the wedding, she needs a place to heal and heads for Solace Island. Then, to make things even more interesting, Maggie's sister Eve shows up. 

Enter Luke:  Solace Island is where he spends time resting and recovering both his body and his soul after a relationship went bad. Unable to deny the connection between them, Luke opens his heart falling deeper for Maggie. Then, when Maggie's life starts to all apart, Luke knows what he needs to do to protect her and give their relationship a start.

Once Luke and Maggie's romance and suspense get going, the story gets better. The author provides readers with well-developed characters, who are really down to earth and relatable to readers. While I felt like the story started out a little slow, the suspense and drama got going along with the romance, it ended up really being a great story. 

I was provided with a complimentary electronic advanced reader copy through Net Galley in exchange for my post.  I was not required to post a positive review.
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If you enjoy an over the top romance, with leads who can do no wrong, a strong foodie element, and a touch of mystery, then dive into Meg Tilly's Solace Island, the first in a new series. In it, 2 people betrayed by those they loved, face danger together.
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Review: SOLACE ISLAND by Meg Tilly https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-aWr
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 4.5 Stars 

I truly enjoyed this book. It was a lovely blend of a contemporary romance and romantic suspense, set in a place I want to now live. Maggie and her sister are a hoot and their relationship pulled me in immediately. Granted I was a little disappointed with Maggie’s oblivious attitude when her troubles began, some of her actions were out of character with the situation. Other than that, I loved her. I liked that Luke’s wounded soul didn’t bog him down or the story. It was a part of him that filled out his character and gave him the depth to grab onto the reader. The two of them fit together and made a nice sexy romance. Now I just need to wait for book 2 in the series.

*Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.

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I requested this eARC because I recognized the author as being an actress I was familiar with in the past.  Also I found the synopsis very intriguing.  I loved the setting for this book and the characters and the ways they interacted. I found some of the descriptives to be overused (imo).  This book is romance and mystery but I guess I don't read a lot of adult romance because, damn it was steamy!  There is very much adult content and wording in this book.  I understand that this is part of a series and I am looking forward to the next one.
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3.5 Stars

Maggie Harris is celebrating at her bachelorette party, when her fiancé and business partner, Brett, calls her to say he can’t go through with the wedding.  After enduring the humiliation of cancelling a wedding at the last minute, along with all the other related complications, Maggie is astounded to find that Brett expects them to carry on their professional relationship as “business as usual.”  Maggie, who has controlling interest, instead offers to sell out to Brett, advising him to obtain a business loan.  Otherwise, she will simply sell her interest to an outside buyer.  She then decides to take a three week vacation with her older sister, Eve, to Solace Island in the Pacific Northwest.

Luke Benson desperately wants to comfort the woman he sees on the ferry to Solace Island.  She’s sobbing as if heartbroken, but he decides that she’s better left to her privacy.  Luke came to Solace Island to recover after a tragic incident in his own life, which caused him an injury he’s still recovering from.  His days as a special forces op, then CEO of a securities firm are firmly behind him.  

It seems that Luke is destined to meet Maggie, as she gets lost and ends up blocking Luke’s driveway, which is not far from her rented home.  The meeting, however, is not one of Maggie’s finer moments, but she gets a second chance when she encounters Luke at the Saturday Market.  They plan to get together, and this time Luke majorly screws up.  Seems like this couple is star-crossed before they even get together.

Eventually, Luke and Maggie manage to spend some time together and begin to really enjoy each other’s company.  Then the first of several incidents start, and it’s clear that someone is out to injure or even kill Maggie.  Luke’s protective instincts kick in, and he moves Maggie and Eve to his home for safety, and calls in reinforcements in the form of two of his comrades from special forces.

When Maggie is in Luke’s house, the steam between them really ramps up, and Maggie finds just what she has been missing in her lukewarm engagement.  The danger ramps up, too, as professional assassins are now on the island, determined to end Maggie’s life.  Will Luke’s skills be enough to protect her so that they can explore their fledgling romance?

Luke is all you could wish for in a hero.  He’s funny, kind, protective, sexy, and sensitive.  And. He. Bakes.  Maggie comes off as somewhat naïve, even after experiencing how Brett treated her.  She has a lot of unfortunate klutzy / awkward moments, but she still manages to appear endearing.  However, when she knows that she is in serious danger, she commits what I consider a serious (“TSTL”) error, placing herself directly in her enemy’s hands.

I consider SOLACE ISLAND to be an enjoyable and hot romance, with a hero and heroine who have been badly burned before.  The mystery started well into the book, which worked for me, and then had an interesting twist.  I’m one of those readers who likes every loose end tied up neatly with a bow.  There is one character, a child, who played a prominent part of the resolution.  He obviously continues to be a part of Luke’s and Maggie’s life, but it’s not explained how.  I think that this is important enough that it deserved to be fleshed out a bit more.  Overall, SOLACE ISLAND is a satisfying read for those who enjoy a contemporary romance with a heavy dose of suspense.
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Maggie was dumped the day before her wedding, so she retreats to Solace Island in the Pacific Northwest with her sister Eve. She doesn't need Eve trying to fix her up with their neighbor Luke, even if he is really handsome and the two click almost immediately. She absolutely doesn't need the black vehicle trying to run her down in the middle of town or the feeling that she's being followed, as well as discovering there's more to Luke than she thought.

Maggie is a young woman that immediately feels real and relatable. She goes through the betrayal and heartbreak in the first chapter and grieves the loss of a relationship she thought she had, as well as her own ideas and the sense of confidence she had about herself. Eve is a supportive sister, the kind everyone would want to have pulling them through a tough time. The novel progresses at a slow but steady pace, allowing us to get to know the sisters and explore the island as they do, including Maggie's meet-cute with Luke when she gets lost on her arrival to the island. Of course, there's chemistry right away, and they bond slowly; there isn't actual physical action between them for three-quarters of the novel because there's more focus on their friendship and getting to know each other first. I liked that about them, that they were able to bond and have their separate selves in addition to the budding romantic feelings they had.

I hadn't realized that Meg Tilly wrote novels until I saw this book. In addition to acting, she has written six prior novels to this one, and this is her first romance novel. The hints of suspense were woven into the novel from early on, making us think we know what's going on behind the scenes. It heightens the tension for the reader, knowing that there is a subtle menace while Maggie and Luke go about their day to day lives. I liked the twist in the story, as well as how everything was tied up neatly at the end. This book is listed as the start of a series taking place on Solace Island, and I would love to read the other stores that Meg sets in this town.
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Dumped by Her Fiance, Maggie Finds a New Life

Maggie is preparing to marry Brett, her business partner. The wedding day is set and Maggie is out partying with her girl friends when Brett calls and breaks the engagement. Shocked and hurt, Maggie gets her revenge by forcing Brett to buy her out or she’ll sell to a competitor. 

Maggie thinks she can hang out in the city and recover, but her sister Eve has a better idea. Solace Island is an excellent place to recover. The Rosemary and Time cottage is perfect. Maggie does feel more relaxed. Meeting her neighbor, Luke Benson, makes the island even more attractive. Life is looking up when Maggie experiences an accident that could have killed her. Even with Luke trying to keep her safe, things are frightening. But it’s unclear why someone is after her. 

This book starts out as a typical romance: jilted girl meets hunky guy and they begin to get it together. However, about half way through the book the suspense builds. I didn’t care for the early part of the novel. There were amusing moments, but it was too stereotypical boy meets girl. The second half of the novel moved faster and the mystery of who was targeting Maggie got more interesting. I recommend this only if you like suspense heavily laced with romance. 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.
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Charming, steamy, and gripping—this contemporary romantic suspense novel checked all of the boxes for a perfect weekend read!! This novel really has it all, from the loveable characters to the fantastic scenery to the mystery—I think fans of the contemporary romance genre will be thrilled with this book! 

Taking a weekend getaway to Solace Island with Eve and Maggie was such a fun excursion. I’m a big fan of the Pacific Northwest, I went to college in Oregon. So I could envision this small charming coastal town quite vividly, and I loved it! I think other readers will be as charmed as I was!

About the Book

Maggie is at her bachelor party the night before her wedding when she finds herself on the phone with the groom-to-be and co-owner of her business. And Brett says the most shocking thing Maggie could imagine—he doesn’t want to go through with the wedding and it isn’t up for discussion. Dumped, furious, and heart-broken, Maggie’s sister Eve whisks her off on a retreat to Solace Island. It’s a place to lick her wounds and do some healing, and a place for Eve to escape the stressful Brooklyn apartment she shares with three roommates. 

On her first night there, Maggie meets sexy neighbor Luke in a most unexpected way—trapped on a road in dense fog and unsure how to get to her rental property. When Eve arrives the next morning, she and Maggie run into Luke again at a bakery stand at the local market. Eve sees the sparks flying and fancies herself a matchmaker, determined to mend her sister’s broken heart.

But Luke has his own emotional baggage. Still, that doesn’t stop Maggie from warming his heart with her charm and baked goods. But just as Maggie starts to get comfortable in her new surroundings, a car tries to run her down in the middle of the street. If it weren't for Luke's extremely quick reflexes, Maggie could have been killed, leading her to wonder just who exactly Luke Benson really is...

With the secrets between them and an unknown threat stalking her heels, Luke will have to think fast to prove to Maggie that she can trust him with her life--and with her heart.

Reflection

Well let’s get the start to this novel out of the way, Brett is a grade-A schmuck and Maggie is adorably naïve and charming. I absolutely adored the relationship between Eve and Maggie. Each sister had her own personality to bring to this novel, something we don’t always get in a romance book. I found myself thinking that I’d love a follow up with Eve as the leading lady. Eve could potentially find love on Solace Island herself!!!

Maggie and Luke’s first meeting had me laughing out loud. It is adorable and fun, and I want readers to experience it for themselves so I won’t say anymore about the details! It is the epitome of a meet cute, with Maggie’s quirky personality shining through, and Luke’s guard slipping at the bequest of this charming woman.
And then the island! I loved it! Everything from the dense greenery, to the foggy coastline, to the charming town center market had me wanting to visit Solace Island. And though there is apparently a cougar on the island, Luke has assured us there are no bears! Sounds completely ideal, right?

Then we have the baked goods!!! This book could give you a carb overload just reading about it! But what I loved is that food, cooking, and baking were such a part of this story. I find myself craving every dish described! I felt the simplicity of that sort of life—where a good piece of fish, bread, or cheese can be so wholesome and pure. When it is local and organic, it’s easy to envision living without the fast food crazed lifestyle we can become used to!

Finally, we have the mystery! I will say this book falls heavier on the romance than the mystery, but not in a bad way at all! We really get to know the characters and their dynamics before we realize something else is afoot. And the mystery itself was suspenseful and fun! The reveal really did shock me and it was a really fun scene in the book! And finally, I absolutely ADORED the ending! It was just the perfect way to end this story!

Thank you to Berkley for our copies of this book to review! I read with the 6 book besties and we had such a fun time! This genre is a bit out there for us, but it made me realize why I need to branch out more often!
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Solace Island is where Maggie and Luke go to get over their broken hearts in this cute romance.

Maggie is unceremoniously dumped by her fiance of five years the night of her bachelorette party. She gives him two weeks to buy her out of their business and leaves town. Maggie goes to Solace Island, off the Washington Coast, with her older sister, Eve. There she meets the enigmatic Luke, who also has his a broken romance in his past.

Solace Island is a good romance with a bit of a mystery. I recommend it to romance fans. However, the mystery seemed like an afterthought so I can’t recommend it to mystery fans. 3 stars.

Thanks to the publisher, Berkley, and NetGalley for an advance copy.
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A sizzling, steamy, suspenseful romance that will make you smile,swoon, and sweat!🔥🔥🔥

Solace:is a feeling of comfort that makes you feel less sad.

Solace Island is the perfect place to find comfort and the stremgth to begin again... The perfect name for the beautiful setting of this book about second chances and new beginnings.... this was a well-done romantic suspense that leans more towards romance than suspense.... I read both genres and thoroughly enjoyed it, but I think it will appeal more to a true romance reader than a suspense/thriller/mystery reader.... there is some definite sizzle in this book!

Maggie’s jerk of an X fiancé dumped her the day before the wedding... Hurt and angry Maggie heads two Solace Island with her sister eve to lick her wounds.... while she is there she meets Luke her handsome island neighbor, who is selling bread at the local Saturday market... and bread has never look so good before! The two of them spark up a romance, but what is Lucques hiding? After somebody tries to hurt Maggie the truth comes out... but who is trying to hurt Maggie? And why? Can Luke stop them? And will this ruin things between the lovebirds? You will need to read this book to find that out!

A quick captivating story that kept me engaged throughout... The setting of the island in the Pacific Northwest was so ideal, it was somewhere I would love to go to lick my own wounds! Loved the bond between the sisters, they were so there for each other it was so refreshing after reading so many sister psychological thrillers lately.... The chemistry between Lucques and Maggie was pretty high-octane, if this book were a movie it would be rated R for sexual content😳 My review would not be complete if I did not mention the bread again and all the yummy goodies, This book definitely made me hungry 😋

Recommend to Fanzz of Romance with a good well done dose of suspense!

*** A huge thank you to Berkley for my copy of this book ***
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This was a good read. Looking forward to reading  more by the author in particular Eves story when it releases.
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This had such a serene setting on an island and sounds like a perfect get-away.  That will all change soon though...

Things don't go well for long though, when Maggie finds herself in danger. The suspense comes in the later part of the book and some past secrets are revealed.

This is the actress Meg Tilly's debut novel and will be part of a series. I thought it was an easy read with some lighter suspense. Their is also a romance that develops and I'll just say it was "very steamy" or even "hotter than hot." Her writing style is more telling than showing and the pace is steady.

Fans of magical settings, heavier romance scenes and a bit of suspense added to the mix should really enjoy this one.
3.5
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Maggie Harris thought her life was all set until an odious finance dumped her the eve of their wedding. Since her fiancé was also a business partner, much of Maggie’s life crumbles. She joins her sister, Eve, on Solace Island in the Pacific Northwest where they both decide now is the time for a big change. Eve has a job has that is killing her soul while Maggie needs to start her life over.

The sisters' near neighbor, Luke, who is a local bread baker, has been recovering from his own life upheaval, emotionally and physically. When he saves Maggie from being run down by a car, it becomes clear she may very well be in danger. It seems someone wants Maggie gone permanently. Maggie and Luke are very attracted to each other; however, they are both guarding their hearts after disastrous prior relationships.

This romantic suspense novel from the actress, Meg Tilly, blends passion with intrigue. Because Maggie is being stalked with deadly intent, the idyllic life on the island suddenly becomes sinister. This fraught situation pushes her into an intense state of affairs and Luke’s protective arms. SOLACE ISLAND falls more on the romantic side at times rather than suspense which, to my way of thinking, is a plus as all too often contemporary novels seem to disparage any kind of real romance.
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Billed as a "contemporary novel with a strong suspense element," I must first and foremost warn those who, like me, aren't into "bodice-rippers" that this book is littered with the stuff. "He was envious of the strands of [her] hair for their right to caress her face at will," is a mild example; most of the rest is far, far more graphic. The suspense part didn't rear its much-anticipated head until the 50% mark (and boy, was I ever happy to see it).

Suffice it to say, then, that had I not received an advance copy for review (which I'd requested because the author is an award-winning actress I admire), it's likely that I'd have called it quits early on. But I didn't; and given the excellent writing and almost edge-of-seat action (once it got going), I must say that overall, this is a very good book with which anyone who loves romance combined with suspense should be absolutely delighted (put another way, just because the romance genre isn't my cup of tea doesn't mean it isn't well done).

It begins with 27-year-old Maggie Harris getting dumped by her five-year fiance the day before the wedding. As they've been running a successful business together, Maggie insists that he buy her out or else she'll sell her interest to someone else. To get some much-needed "me" time, Maggie agrees to her sister Eve's proposition to take a three-week getaway on Solace Island off the Washington coast. On the ferry trip to the island, a distraught Maggie is noticed by hunky Luke Benson, a baker who lives on the island and sells his popular breads at the weekly market. When Maggie gets lost trying to find their rental cottage in the dark, she once again encounters Luke - a meeting that, as readers might suspect, arouses Luke's prurient interest in getting to know her better.

Also as readers might suspect, there's many a slip between the cup and Maggie's lips; when Luke fails to show up for a "thank you" dinner at Maggie and Eve's place, the sisters are, well, not happy. Because they've decided to try selling Maggie's sweet treats at the market but are thwarted by the local rules and regulations, they ask Luke for help with getting their feet in the door. Wanting to spend more time with Maggie, Luke agrees.

As mentioned above, at about the half-way mark, the plot thickens as Maggie is nearly run down by a car. In fact, it's likely she'd have been killed on the spot without a last-second shove by Luke (which in turn brings into question who he really is and what he's doing on the island besides baking). His background comes to the forefront even more when, for their safety, Maggie and Eve move into his high-tech, spectacular home on the island. By now, Maggie has pretty much decided that she shares Luke's lust, but given what she doesn't know about him, can she trust him? Of course, readers learn the answer to that question as the story - and more attempts on Maggie's life - play out. Everything leads to an exciting finish, part of which I expected and part I missed by a country mile. My conclusion? Except for the focus on body parts and innovative ways they can be utilized, this really is a riveting book.
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