Love is Grand

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Pub Date Mar 29 2022 | Archive Date Apr 01 2022

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With sultry beach vibes, steel-drum music playing in the background, and the smell of coconut and money all around, welcome back to Grand Cayman Island and the Grand Escape.

A true island beauty, single mom Shell needs life to give her one tiny break. Her husband took off, leaving her to work as a waitress and a coffee delivery gal. Surrounded by wealth and extravagance in paradise, she’s doing her best to take care of her daughter.

On a whim, Shell takes a quick breather in front of the jewelry store at the posh Grand Escape. Knowing it will be love at first sight with everything in the window, she tortures herself anyway. What she doesn’t expect is to meet the man who will soon occupy all her thoughts and dreams.

In command of every situation he’s faced with, Caleb Stern is a pro at the bachelor life. He works hard, plays harder, and has no regrets about any of it. That is, until he meets a sweet and sassy single mom in the Caribbean.

Certain he can have a fun time with Shell and let her go, Cal makes secret visits to the island to see her. But falling for this island girl seems to be the one situation Cal can’t control.

Both are doing their best, playing the hand they are dealt, until Shell challenges Cal to a showdown. With a spunky kindergartner leading the charge, Shell gives Cal a chance . . . but can he steal the heart of the one woman who has mesmerized him?

With sultry beach vibes, steel-drum music playing in the background, and the smell of coconut and money all around, welcome back to Grand Cayman Island and the Grand Escape.

A true island beauty...

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Love is Grand by R. Blaufeld is the second stand-alone in the Grand Love Series. The previous book is Grand Escape and tells Rylan and Adam's story.
This second book tells Cal and Shell's story.
Cal is Adam's twin and together they head a law office.
Cal is the eternal bachelor, a 41 year old set in his ways when a beauty from Caribbean puts his whole world upside down and inside out.
Shell is a single mom with a 6 year old adorable daughter. They're great together, but both have some issues. One of them is social awkward, the other lacks self-esteem. But even the mightiest men can be brought to their knees by the right woman, they say.
A beautiful picked fence story, elegant, unique. 5 stars.

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Love is Grand, Rachel Blaufeld

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: Romance, women's fiction

aannd once more, its 2022, not 1922. We don't need to segregate books into male and female fiction....

I've read several of Rachel's books, and enjoyed the stories she creates. ( how do authors do that? Create a story just from nothing? It always astonishes me) I'd not read first book of this series but they are each complete stories with connected characters so it didn't affect this book.

Shell was a great lead but....I understood her reasons for the no commitment stuff, but didn't feel her heart was really made that way. If I'm honest, as the story went on it began to feel she was a bit of a doormat for Cal, there when he wanted sex on the island, along with Sophia waiting for him in the City. That jarred with me a bit, although it did lead to some of my favourite scenes in stories like this, where Sophia's claws come out! And of course some great drama and heartbreak.
It took me a long while to warm up to Cal, to be honest it wasn't until I understood more of his background, and how his mind worked that I began to like him. I still could give him a good kick in the rear for what he put Shell through. Even when he was telling himself Shell set the boundaries in their relationship, he wouldn't acknowledge that her limits were because she knew where his were...that if he wasn't such a well known, no commitments playboy she might have felt differently, but she needed to protect her heart. ( As if that ever works!)

The supporting characters were great, from Shell's parents, her lovely, funny daughter, to her good friends. I enjoyed meeting them and seeing how they all pulled to support Shell, and by the three quarters mark she needed that.
Its was a fun read, full of Rachael's attention to detail, solid plots, and realistic characters. That's what I look for in a good story, one where I'm not rolling my eyes at scenes and thinking “as if!” I'd like to go back and read the first book, and will look out for more in this series.

Stars: 4.5. A great read, loved the drama, Sophia and her scenes were a real draw, the heartbreak, that played out so well. I love it when the sad parts are properly drawn out. Those make a romance for me, balance out the sweet, and the love feels stronger for it.

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Heartfelt, lighthearted with a touch of angst, this book gave me all the warm and fuzzy feels while there was a horrible storm outside!

OmG this book was so good, I read it in one sitting!!

Cal and Shell’s story is the ultimate in opposites attract stories. All the odds are stacked against them race, age, religion, economic level, countries of residence— spouses and partners and an adorable Weezie to keep them on their toes. Their differences were endless. Yet, they had a connection that was so natural and so organic I was rooting for them. This couple was everything I love in romance book couples. Sexy, passionate and honest with a lot of heart. Their chemistry was hot hot hot and their banter was so funny, sharp and on point. I couldn’t get enough of how their story developed and what happens between them.

The Grand Escape was at the epicenter of their love shack but when they step, out reality sets in and it’s not always so grand. How they felt with their challenges made their story simply delicious!
Cal and Shell were flawlessly developed and the story was so well executed and paced.
There’s so much I enjoyed about this story better you find out for yourself!

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Thanks Netgalley for a arc copy of this book for a honest review Love Is Grand was my first book I read by Rachel Blaufeld.. I didn't know this book was #2 in the series I still enjoyed the read I will read the first book series 4 star read 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Happy Reading 


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