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

An interesting romantic suspense read. I enjoyed the characters and the plot - there was lots of action and steamy romance. A fun read. I will look forward to Tilly's next novel!

This is a good beach read but I found the sex scenes to be too graphic. Otherwise, I enjoyed the book. If you are looking for something to pass the time and not have to think, then this book works. It’s a damsel in distress but she rescues him right back typical read. Thank you to First To Read for a free advance copy in exchange for an unbiased review.

This book started out pretty well and seemed promising, but 80 pages in it took a turn. Because it started off well I really expected more from this book. I felt as though the author couldn’t decide if they wanted to write a mystery/suspense novel or if they wanted to write a romance novel…so she did both. For me it just did not work. While there were a few decent twists and turns, this book was a little too cheesy. Also, the explicit romance scenes were unnecessary and made the novel’s purpose even more confusing. I don’t have anything good to say about it so I am just going to leave it at that. The official synopsis was misleading. Even if it intrigues you, I would not recommend this book.

This was a fun read. Maggie is put through what no woman should ever have to endure by a narcissistic man that claimed to love her but didn't and then dumped her right before their wedding, She is set on getting over him and getting on with her life with the help of her sister and they set out to do it on Solace Island and there begins her adventures and misadventures with twists and turns of possible romance and terror all wrapped up in this page turning read. Not what I would have expected for an ending in such a quaint place but it ended in full Hollywood style suspense and romance. I am intrigued by what Meg Tilly might come out with next.

I was quite skeptical when I saw this book was written by an actress, but Tilley was able to draw readers in with her vivid imagery. Maggie was a endearing character that could be any of our friends. The book did move a bit slowly, but it is a great Lazy day read.

Meg Tilley brings her lead character Maggie from a breakup the evening before her wedding to a vacation with her sister Eve to recover on Solace Island. On the island she is nearly killed as a car tries to run her down. The mystery of who tried to run her down evolves. This book moved a little slowly in the beginning, but it was an quick read and worth hanging on to the end where the pace picked up and wrapped up with a great ending.

After being dumped by her fiance the night of her bachelorette party, Maggie begrudgingly agrees to go on a vacation with her sister ,Eve, to a small island in the Pacific Northwest for a few weeks to recover and find herself. Swearing men off indefinitely, Maggie finds herself continuously running into the handsome Luke, the resident bread baker/total hottie on the island, and as feelings begin to develop for Luke, Maggie finds herself questioning her man-ban. Likewise, Luke finds Maggie to be equally intriguing and despite a terrible romantic past he shares with Maggie, Luke finds himself being drawn to her more and more. But Maggie’s past begins to find her on the island and as the feelings between her and Luke begin to develop, so does the danger. Maggie was a sweet, goofy, and overall likable character who was easy to relate to and had many scenes where she made me out laugh out loud. Luke was tough but also charming and I loved the witty banter him and Maggie shared. Their relationship was totally cute and I would have loved it more if it weren’t for the feeling it was almost an insta-love between the two of them. Solace Island was described beautifully and the imagery made me want to pack up all my bags and promptly move there as well. I enjoyed the coziness and quaintness of it all and cannot wait to read the next book in the series about Maggie’s sister, Eve. I’ve rated this a 4 stars as I enjoyed it greatly but felt the pacing of it was off throughout the book: at times moving quickly and other times moving slowly. The suspense portion of this novel did not begin to surface until about 2/3’s of the way through the story but once it kicked in, I was on the edge of my seat. And prepare yourself for a bit of a twist at the end when the “bad guy” is revealed. This was an easy, fun read with the right amount of suspense in it, perfect for a cool, fall day bundled up on your couch.

This is a nice lazy read on a rainy day. The suspense really doesn't happen until the last third of the book. The best is just Msggie, a lot of her moments are hilarious, especially the ones with Luke. I could picture the characters and story so easy in my head, they make for great companions. Also makes me dream of moving away to a small town and starting a new.

I didn't really enjoy this book. It was slow to build and I really struggled to finish it. The romance was really lacking. Unfortunately this wasn't that good. Would not recommend.

So, romantic suspense can be tough to execute well, and for me, this book didn't quite manage it. It's a very slow build, and neither the romance nor the suspense/thriller plot worked for me.

Buy this book! Maggie Harris is dumped by her fiancé during her bachelorette party. Maggie and her sister Eve decided after the canceled wedding to go to Solace Island for three weeks on vacation and figure out what Maggie needs to do. Maggie meets bread baker Luke Benson the night she arrived on Solace Island when she got lost in the dark. Maggie and Eve want to stay on the island but they need a source of income so they almost blackmail Luke into sharing his booth at the Saturday market to sell Maggie’s baked goods. Solace Island by Meg Tilley revolves around Maggie almost being run over and the mystery of whom and why the person is trying to kill her. Plus Luke being more than a baker but that is all part of a very good romantic suspense plus good romance that I enjoyed even more the second time I read the story. Solace Island by Meg Tilley is a really good romantic suspense plus a great romance that makes it a hard book to put down! I already preordered Eve’s story! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This novels tropes include: - Instalove - Bitches be crazy - You're not fridgid, you've just never had good dick before - Secretly wealthy hero - Child for plot purposes - Inaccurate understanding of business creation The suspense is pretty mild and no one ever actually feels in danger.

A slow blossoming romance with added suspense… This is the first book in the Solace Island series that can be read as a stand-alone. On vacation in the Pacific Northwest with her sister Eve, Maggie Harris is trying to piece her life back together after being jilted by her fiancé on the eve of their wedding. To complicate matters they were partners in business, a partnership that now has to be dissolved after five years of an engagement, five years wasted on a cheating narcissist that she should have seen through. Her pride has taken a beating. Solace Island provides the beauty and peace for one to heal and perhaps relocate to if her sister gets her way. The island has an interesting resident, one very sexy bread baker that Maggie doesn’t know what to do about considering the mess her emotions are and the trust issues she now has. Retired owner of a lucrative security firm, after a serious injury to his leg that still pains him and a situation that destroyed his confidence in his professional instincts, the very wealthy Luke Benson now bakes bread on Solace Island with a wolfhound for a companion. One night a bit of a flaky newcomer intrudes on his solitude and he can’t help but keep thinking about the gorgeous woman who he soon meets at the Saturday market. He’s known betrayal in love and understands what Maggie is going through. When someone tries to run her down with a car he goes into caveman protective mode. Luke thought his past in the security field had come back to haunt him but it’s soon learned that Maggie is the intended target. Who would want to hurt Maggie is the mystery to be solved that heats up in the second half of this book. The suspense is slow to gain traction but jumps out of the pages when it does and there are some seriously twisted surprises. You think you know someone but you really don’t know what anyone is truly capable of given the right motivations. You think you should have seen it coming but you didn’t and that is sometimes more devastating to one’s psyche than the betrayal. The relationship between the main protagonists blossomed slowly. Theirs was a cute, sweet, romance with amusing banter, two people burned in the past had an undeniable chemistry they weren’t quite sure what to do with at times. The heroine was a bit naive but she’s smart and quick thinking when the need arises, she’s tough when angry or in trouble. The hero had his hands full keeping her safe with the help of trusted friends. This was a good debut novel, a humorous read with likable characters. I look forward to the sister’s story. An advanced reading copy was obtained from the publisher’s First to Read program.

2 stars. Solace Island is a slow paced story with a very misleading synopsis and too many explicit sex scenes. Maggie’s engagement is called off the night before the wedding and Maggie learns that her fiance, Brett, was cheating on her. She decides to sell her half of the company that she and Brett started and then heads off on a vacation with her older sister, Eve, to Solace Island. Her first night on Solace Island, Maggie gets lost and makes a fool of herself when she first meets her handsome neighbor, Luke. Luke points Maggie in the right direct of her cottage and then they can’t stop thinking about each other erotically. They met again at the Saturday market and after a few mishaps they start to become close. Maggie and Eve decide to stay on Solace Island for good. Just as Maggie is working out the details of her new life, someone tries to kill her. Luke, who used to be CEO of a security company, has the sisters move into his very secure house to protect them. Luke and Maggie give into their passion for each other. They try to forget about the attack, but Maggie is still someone’s target. The story has little suspense and the romance is more erotica. The synopsis sounds interesting, but the story is slow and choppy with too many sexual scenes. The attack does not happen until about halfway through the book and most of the suspense is in a few chapters near the end. Our main characters Luke and Maggie are sex obsessed as Luke cannot talk or look at Maggie without getting an erection and Maggie gets wet panties when she thinks about Luke. The explicit scenes seemed out of character for the inexperienced and recently heartbroken Maggie. Maggie was silly and naive, but also was not a damsel in distress waiting to be rescued. Maggie’s ex Brett seemed so awful, you’ll wonder why she ever engaged to him in the first place. Eve was a fun character. The author did describe Solace Island well. The identity of the person trying to kill Maggie is revealed, but their reasoning is stupid and did not make much sense. The ending wrapped up most of the story, but did not explain everything. The book would have better without all the very racy scenes. I did not like the book and do not think I will try another book by this author due to those really steamy scenes. If you are looking for a romantic suspense, skip this one. If you want erotica with a little action, you might like this book. I received a digital advance copy from the Penguin First Reads program in exchange for an honest review.

Really enjoyed this book! I thought it was well written and the suspense aspect wasn't as angsty as I thought - which was great! 4 stars out of 5!

I enjoyed this book! It is a quick read with some humor, twists, suspense and romance -- I was laughing out loud at parts. While the romance was a little bit more detailed than I usually read, the book was overall good. I would love to explore the area that the book is set in - it sounds lovely. It would also be great to get some of the recipes discussed in the book! *** I received this book by the Penguin First To Read Program in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review Solace Island! ***

*** I received this book by the Penguin First To Read Program in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to Berkley for the opportunity to read and review Solace Island! *** My Rating **** I know this book was not for every reader and that is totally ok but I really did love and enjoy this great book a lot. Plus this is the first book that I have read by Meg Tilly and it most certainly won't be my last book that I will read by Meg Tilly. I thought she did a fantastic job in writing Solace Island, I absolutely love her writing style which to me was very expressive and descriptive. I can just imagine and feel in my mind how the peaceful and beautiful Solace Island looked and felt like I was actually there at Solace Island myself. The plotline and concept were really amazingly fantastic and really done well for me now this book read more like a contemporary romance book with some mystery and suspense mix into the plotline, but it really is heavy on the romance department. If you don't like a romance book than this book is not for you, but if you love romance books with a dash of mystery and suspense in it than I say check this book out. Now I won't go into any details about this book because I don't want to be a spoiler for anybody, but I really need to talk about the main and side characters in Solace Island which I absolutely love all of them. The main couple is Luke Benson & Maggie Harris now when Luke first laid eyes on Maggie she was crying and he really wanted to console her but he held back because he really didn't want to get involved with Maggie issues or get close to her. Because Luke has some deep issues as well in his life and he also has some trust issues too. But then Luke bumped into Maggie once again and that's when the inst attraction and lust came up from both Luke and Maggie. But Luke and Maggie didn't act on there instant attraction and lust with each other because they both of them just ended a long time trouble relationship. And they both of them thought there were not ready for another relationship so they were fighting with their deep attraction and lust that had with each other. And it was so much fun reading about there struggles I absolutely love reading about Luke trying to be the ever gentleman and suppressing his sexual urges towards Maggie and failing miserably and Maggie making a complete fool outta of herself was so much fun to read. Which I absolutely love how Luke and Maggie's relationship blossomed to something much more than friends. Now there are some sexy and hot times in Solace Island which makes this book a little bit of spicy. Which I really don't mind for me the spicer a book is the better but don't worry Solace Island is only mildly spicer to me. Now my favorite thing about reading Solace Island was the sister relationship that Maggie and her older sister Eve have, their sisterly relationship reminds me so much of mine relationship that I have with my little sister. Eve is the older and very protective sister of Maggie but she also has a free spirit as well and I absolutely love her so much I so can't wait to read her book Cliff's Edge when it comes out next year. Because Eve is so one of my all-time favorite side character in Solace Island. Now I am going to leave it off here without getting too a spoiler, but all and all I absolutely love and enjoy Solace Island that I can't wait to continue to read the next book Cliff's Edge next year!

A little bit too much romance for me as I was expecting a thriller. I love the setting but unfortunately can only give this book 2 *s.

Meg Tilly’s characters in her new book, Solace Island, are so goddamn cute, riveting, and likeable. I couldn’t put the book down. It’s a great read that makes you invested from the first page onwards. It’s absolutely adorable and created a world I wanted to step into immediately. I highly recommend this book.

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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