Solace Island by Meg Tilly

Solace Island

Meg Tilly

Maggie Harris joins her sister on Solace Island. A car tries to run her down, and if it weren’t for Luke’s extremely quick reflexes, Maggie could have been killed, leading her to wonder just who exactly Luke really is…

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A contemporary novel with a strong suspense element from Oscar-nominated actress Meg Tilly set on a peaceful island village in the Pacific Northwest.

Dumped on the eve of her wedding and looking for a quiet place to lick her emotional wounds, Maggie Harris joins her sister on Solace Island, where she hopes to recover from the stunning betrayal. At first, Maggie resists Eve's impassioned argument about relocating permanently so the sisters can open their own local bakery. What she definitely doesn't need on her road to recovery are Eve's efforts to fix her up with their mysterious and alluring neighbor, Luke Benson--even if he is incredibly handsome and desirable.

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...

Luke thought he'd left the violence of the high risk security world behind. But he can't stand by while Maggie's life is threatened. Luke will do anything to keep her safe--even moving Maggie and her sister into his house with its state-of-the-art security features. But 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.


Advance Galley Reviews

I was hoping for a strong suspense element, and at 30% there still isn't one, so I'm calling it quits. While I greatly enjoyed the setting, and the idea of starting over on a small island in the Pacific Northwest, I just couldn't get into this book. Maggie's character acted so silly in the beginning, but I suppose some personalities are like that. Shelving this one for now.

For Maggie Harris, life was falling apart. Her fiancé called her on her wedding day to share the news that he was not going to marry her after all; he was too busy hooking up with someone else. To make matters worse, her fiancé was also her business partner and the breakup of their relationship necessitated the breakup of the business. Since she was a 60% owner in the company she announced that Brett could either buy her out or she was going to sell to a competitor. Her sister Eve came to the rescue and arranged an extended trip to Solace Island, a favorite of theirs. So begins the rebirth of Maggie Harris. Solace Island was a quiet place to let go of the pains of the past and prepare for an entirely new future. Almost immediately, Maggie came in contact with Luke Benson a very attractive man with a somewhat mysterious past as part of a security firm. As the relationship between Luke and Maggie grows it becomes clear that each has mysteries hidden in their past. The slow and carefully unfolding of those secrets generates the movement that propels the story forward. I loved the smooth, easy to read flow of Solace Island as well as the quick wit and laugh out loud humor that dots the novel. My only complaint was that the elements that underlay the suspense that comes to the surface at the end of the novel were not adequately hinted at as the book progressed. As a result both the villain and the motivation of the villain felt as if they were plucked out of the hat at the last minute. I would have appreciated more of a slow build up with foreshadowing pointing to the suspense to come. All in all it was a very readable and enjoyable romance, but it might have been better in the romantic suspense department.

Meg Tilly has mastered the art of writing a suspenseful romance. The two "lost" main characters had chemistry all through the pages that both wanted to deny and the readers get to enjoy along with them. Both Maggie and Luke have a tough blow when it comes to love and their trust in themselves have taken the hardest hit. The circle of characters around them strengthen the story and provide for a cast for future books in this series. I cannot wait for book two and hope Eve finds the person she needs too.

Solace Island by Meg Tilly turned out to be a great romantic suspense that I couldn't put down! A fast paced quick read with interesting characters- looking forward to the next in the series. Thank you First to Read for the advanced copy!

Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Solace Island by Meg Tilly. I really enjoyed the characters and the story as I could not put this book down and finished it in a day. Maggie Harris is getting ready to marry her fiancé of 5 years only for him to call the wedding off the night before. She then learns he has been cheating on her and hasn't loved her at all just her money. Maggie and her sister Eva take a 3 week vacation to Solace Island to spend some time together and process what has been going on in there lives. While there Maggie meets Luke Benson and the sparks between them start instantly; however, she is not in any place to start a new relationship with the previous one just ending. Throw in the mystery of who is out to harm Maggie and the decisions that she makes with her sister and this book kept me wanting to read more. I was a little disappointed with the ending as it felt rushed and some things where left unanswered. I can't wait to read more from Meg Tilly.

I really got into this book and enjoyed each of the characters. It seemed a bit rushed in some parts and the end was anti climatic. It also left questions unanswered. (possibly because the write plans to do a sequel?) But overall a decent, quick read. Thanks First to Read for my advance copy!

I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. The plot was interesting, but the "twist" at the end seemed really random and forced. The ending also seemed very rushed, and without giving away any spoilers, there were a few questions that just weren't wrapped up (like what happened with Nathan). I did like Maggie's grit and determination to not be a victim, and Luke was protective without being overbearing. However, there were times when Maggie seemed a bit too nonchalant about the danger she was in. I think the thing that bothered me the most in this story was the pacing, especially with the romance between Maggie and Luke. I'm actually not sure what amount of time this story supposedly took place over, but it felt like at most two weeks. It just didn't seem like enough time for such intense emotions to develop, especially with Maggie's super recent breakup, and as a result the intimate scenes felt somewhat gratuitous. Overall, Solace Island was not a bad book. If you're into romantic suspense, it could definitely be your cup of tea. There were a few elements that just didn't work for me, but if the plot interests you I suggest giving it a try.

I was excited to learn I received a free copy of Solace Island. I was intrigued by the synopsis and I love romantic suspense novels. Unfortunately, Solace Island missed the mark for me. It was a rough beginning. The introduction of Maggie wasn't the best of introductions; however, what followed next made up for it. In her heartbreak, there was grit and determination. There was something promising in the book as Maggie made her way to Solace Island. However, the promise never delivered. There was a lack of cohesion in the chapters and abrupt transitions. Threads unraveled, or never came together. There was also a lack of depth to both the characters and the plot. The villain became a caricature from a bad mob movie. The characters motives were shallow and that took away from the story. Last, the sex scenes were jarring. Almost gratuitous. I read all types of romances from Nalini Singh to Lisa Kleypas. I enjoy a steamy moment between characters. There was nothing sexy about these scenes. There was a lack of build up to the moments and they seemed to be thrown in for not reason at all. I know this review sounds harsh. I really wanted to like this book. There were parts that I did like. The relationship between Maggie and Eve is very well done. Their bond as sisters was carefully constructed. The description of Solace Island was also fantastic. Overall, though, Solace Island was not what I hoped it would be.

So this not only was my first book as a member of First To Read, but it also was my first book by author/actress Meg Tilly, I wasn't even aware that she was a writer, so I thought this would be a cool book to put in for. I was pretty excited when I was chosen to get a copy. Unfortunately, I can't really say I was blown away by this book. I honestly think its because I have read some exceptional Romance novels in the past month and "Solace Island" just fell a little short for me. So simply stated, Maggie Harris, is practically left at the alter by her long time boyfriend and business partner, runs away to Solace Island with her sister Eve to escape the drama of her cancelled wedding. Not only is Maggie a solid business owner she is also a accomplished baker. Good thing because this gives both Maggie and her sister Eve a business venture and a way in to the very popular Saturday Farmers Market on the island. Coincidently, Luke our dashing mysterious hero who helped Maggie when first arriving on the island, is also a baker and has his own booth at the market and offers to share his booth with the two sister. So of course Maggie and Luke have insta-attraction because what Romance novel doesn't and Luke will stop at nothing to protect her, when things start to turn dangerous and Maggie's life becomes threatened. I liked this book, it was quick paced, an easy read, some steamy insta-love scenes thrown in, but it just felt typical and unfortunately a little forgettable. There was nothing special about it to make it stand out amongst the many stellar romances out there. Everything that happened just seem to be extremely predictable and I was confused by the time-line of it as well. It felt like all of this transpired in a few weeks maybe even a few days, rather than a few months, which also left me as a reader a little disconnected from the relationship that formed between Maggie and Luke. So all in all not a bad romance its entertaining enough, but it just didn't leave me with the same feelings I have had toward other book couples I have recently gushed over.

Oh my goodness, where to begin to explain why I loved this book so much! I literallly devoured it in a few hours and I’m still smiling! There was the good humor, warmth, and shared connection between the main characters that I adore in a romance, as well as some mystery and suspense that had me holding my breath until the very end. Luke and Maggie are meant to be together as two people who not only know their way around a kitchen but also have been hurt in the past, so they can appreciate a good relationship when the find it. I liked the fact that there wasn’t a lot of angst or resistance to their developing romance... just a gradually building up of trust, connection, and love. And Maggie’s sister, Eve, added just the right balance to the story with her fierce protection of her little sister and her encouragement to help Maggie move ahead with her life. I would highly recommend this book and am thrilled to have read this advance copy from Penguin’s First To Read program.

This is my first time reading a book by Meg Tilly and at first it was alittle hard for me to get into. But to be honest after a bit I just couldnt put it down. The suspense and romance had me hooked. I for one cant wait to read another book by this author.

I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Overall I loved the story and the characters. There was plenty of suspense and romance to keep me interested and not wanting to put the book down. The only issue was the bad guys had only a brief POV and the were not developed more until the end. Also, there were a few times throughout the book where it felt like there was an abrupt halt in the story and the next chapter picked up too far a long. It just lacked flow in places. I would definitely read other books by this author and give it 4 stars.

This was a pretty good book. I’m not ashamed today I was really surprised at how good it was. There were a free little grammatical errors but overall very nicely done. I would recommend maybe rethinking the choice of a few words, but that’s just me. I mean to “suss out” a situation instead of “examining it” is just a personal preference because “suss” is just not a common word. The only complaint I could make was that the character Nathan wasn’t really tied up. I mean did he get adopted by the H & h or went into foster care? But otherwise it was a very good book. Lots of action towards the end and the romance that develops is done well.

With good characters, romance, humor, a few sexy scenes and layers of suspense, Solace Island is an entertaining and fast moving story. It's the perfect length for a weekend or quick read. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Meg Tilly. Thanks Penguin First to Read for the early copy.

I very much enjoyed this book. The story line was interesting and the characters were people I would like to know. They were very lifelike. Without revealing anything there was a great twist to the story I never would have guessed but fit in to the story perfectly.

Such a good story. I could not put it down and managed to finish it in a few hours. It's about a woman named Maggie who travels to this Solace Island with her sister after her fiance breaks off their wedding the day before. Once there she meets Luke, a handsome baker, he saves her from almost being run over. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I received an ARC from First to Read

 


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