Series: A Walker Island Romance #1
Published by Oak Press on January 1st 1970
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Eva Kaminsky
Come for a visit to Walker Island where you’ll find stunning Pacific Northwest ocean views, men too intriguing to resist...and five beautiful, close-knit sisters who are each about to find their one true love.
After four years on the Seattle mainland, when Hanna Walker returns to Walker Island to make a documentary about the infamous Peterson-Walker feud from the early 1950s, she’s shocked to realize that passions still run high. Especially when it comes to Joel Peterson, the one man who is totally off-limits…but that she’s never been able to stop dreaming about.
The last thing Joel wants is for Hanna to dredge up the past, but when he realizes she’s determined to follow through with her documentary no matter what, he knows he has no choice but to join her. But despite vowing to hold back his growing feelings for her, as Joel works with Hanna to unravel the mystery of what really happened between their two families, he soon begins to see that love is an unstoppable force…and that sometimes two people are meant to be.
BE MY LOVE is the first fun, sweet, and emotional contemporary romance in the Walker Island series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lucy Kevin.
I signed up for the Read All the Books Challenge hosted by Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup, and let me tell you I am all gung-ho about completing this challenge. I’m reading of all of Bella Andre’s books, and that includes stories she’s written under different names. Be My Love is the first book in the Walker Island series that Andre wrote under the name Lucy Kevin, and it was pretty darn adorable.
Hanna Walker is determined to make a documentary about the Walker-Peterson feud that began in the 1950s. But when Hanna is denied access to some documents by Joel Peterson, tries to convince him to give her access. During the process, Joel and Hanna get to know each other, and ROMANCE!
Be My Love is on the shorter side, and I do think it suffers a bit from that. While the characters aren’t flat, they do lack a bit in character development. But still, I did like the characters. Hanna is pretty charming, and I loved her determination to make this documentary. She’s so young, and it’s really impressive how much determination she has. I also loved that Hanna was not worried at all about starting a relationship with Joel Peterson even though the families haven’t been close since the feud. She gave zero fucks about that, basically, and how awesome is that?
Joel was a good hero, too. He’s a bit older than Hanna, and I’m not always into romances where the man is so much older than the heroine, but it totally worked here. He is a nice guy, but he has had a lot of pressure on him from his family. I do think he totally overreacted at one point, but that also is a sign that there wasn’t enough character development for me to understand why he did what he did.
Joel and Hanna really did make a great couple, though, and I was absolutely rooting for them. The chemistry and connection was there, and I did believe that they should be together, even if there characters weren’t quite as developed as they could have been. Surprisingly for a Bella Andre book, the sexy times were completely glossed over. That didn’t bother me, however I was surprised because usually her books have lots of sexy times.
There is a little mystery, of sorts, about what really caused the Walker-Peterson Feud and truthfully I wasn’t all that into it. It wasn’t bad, but I didn’t care too much about it. It was also pretty darn convenient that the one person that could have shed light on everything (Hanna’s grandmother) didn’t explain anything because of some promise 50 years ago. That is very hard to believe, but it did keep the plot moving.
Be My Love was a cute romance novel, although it isn’t quite up there with my favorite Bella Andre books. The characters weren’t developed enough, and the mystery aspect wasn’t all that mysterious. But still, I so enjoyed reading this, and I absolutely want to check out the other Walker Island books.
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