Have you ever thought of taking a vacation alone? I mean step on a plane, check into your hotel, and lie on the beach completely and utterly alone. No? Me either, but then right before senior spring break I got dumped.
Something about break ups makes you do things you didn’t want to do, and try things you didn’t know you were capable of.
That’s how I ended up at the Palm Palace.
That’s how I met Grey.
That’s how my spring break turned into the most unforgettable week of my life.
You have to have some extremely large cojones to go on vacation alone; especially during spring break. In a party town. Where you know no one. We’re talking massive. I’m surprised Eden can even walk. Honest to God. If being dumped by your relatively long term boyfriend isn’t bad enough… imagine it happening three days before your scheduled get away. Bad timing doesn’t even cover that one. When she finally arrives in Texas hours later after being bumped from her flight and having the airline lose her luggage, Eden finds that Brett, her loser ex-boyfriend, has already checked into the resort and stolen her room. How the hell did she not see that coming? I did. The man is scum. Lucky for Eden, (cool name, right?) she meets a super nice resort employee that hooks her up with a room at a local motel.
When Eden arrives at the motel it is obvious that this place has less than stellar accommodations. For Pete’s sake, the door knob comes off in her hand when she tries to enter the lobby. Not a good sign. To add insult to injury, a very attractive man who appears to be the motel handyman is manning the front desk. Grey’s attitude is horrendous! He’s rude and short with her but offers her a room for the week. He also points her in the direction of food and clothing. Could be worse…
As Eden’s stay in Texas progresses she learns that there is more than one side to Grey. Never in a million years did she intend to fall in love over spring break, or to essentially help run a rundown motel. It’s funny how being in the wrong place at the wrong time can lead you straight to the right place at the right time.
While Eden and Grey’s story was ridiculously sweet, it was also completely unrealistic. Forget the fact that she went on the trip alone. It just screams danger. She also happened to find a motel owned by an incredibly sexy, single, intelligent, hardworking man – who she quickly falls head over heels for. She easily makes friends with the locals and is accepted by everyone. I just don’t see that happening as effortlessly as it did. Then throwing the whole pig roast/luau thing… I dunno. It was just too easy. I guess that’s the appealing part of fiction. It can be anything you want it to be. While it wasn’t realistic, I liked it. I think I even began crave these totally unlikely situations. I want to believe the real world works like this, even though it doesn’t.
The dialogue between Grey and Eden is priceless. I like that she’s a little feisty and not afraid to give as good as she gets. She’s also just a touch insecure. Then again, who wouldn’t be after being kicked to the curb three days before your trip?
I hadn’t read a T.A. Foster novel prior to Kissing Eden. I must say that as far as the actual writing is concerned, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s charming and clever – an all-around entertaining read. It’s definitely one that you should add to your list.
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