Bunny Hills and Bikinis by Heather Thurmeier was a fun and steamy romantic story. I really enjoyed reading this novel!
Here's the synopsis:
Sunny California? Not so much. Amelia's stuck at the office retreat in frickin' Lake Tahoe with a grabby colleague who thinks he's God's gift to women. At least the workshop presenter is super hot... if only she can get him to take her from the bunny hill to the bedroom.As fun as this story was, I found myself annoyed with Amelia at times. I know conflict makes a story more interesting but in this case the conflict with the aforementioned grabby colleague sort of made me...well, almost dislike Amelia. Her colleague, William, is so persistent that it's bordering on harassment. Amelia doesn't want to do anything because she doesn't want to hurt his feelings or subject everyone in the office to sexual harassment safety videos. So instead, she just laughs it off and figures that he'll eventually get the hint. Guess what? He doesn't. He's all over her at this conference and she doesn't stop it. It gets to the point where other attendees believe they're actually together! It was also frustrating because she considers herself a strong woman who doesn't let herself get pushed around except that was exactly what was happening.
Amelia Brooks agrees to a weekend retreat in California, thinking it will be held in sunny Malibu only to find out she's stuck in chilly Lake Tahoe for four long days--just what a girl from Minnesota wants to hear in the middle of winter. Now instead of wiggling her toes in the sand, her feet are squeezed into her new manufactured-by-Satan-himself-uncomfortable boots. If that's not enough, Amelia's obnoxious colleague William has decided this is the weekend they'll finally be together and he won't keep his thoughts--or his hands--to himself.
Amelia's ready to kick off those boots and peel off her wooly sweater once she meets Nate Miller--the workshop's hunky presenter. But Nate's not ready to settle down. He's seen his workshop buddies fall in love then fall out of the running for being promoted to the big city workshop circuit and he's not about to let that happen to his life's dream--until he gets involved with Amelia. Now he's not so sure he can walk away at the end of the weekend with his heart intact and his promotion in hand.
Now Amelia's got four days to stave off William's persistent advances long enough to fall in love with Nate and possibly...learn to ski the bunny hill.
While the above issue was a bit difficult to get over, I still found myself enjoying Amelia and Nate's romance. It took them some time to finally get together and it was fun to read about the confusion and doubts each of them had. The book sort of switched perspectives between Nate and Amelia so I got to read about what Amelia thought, her first impression of Nate, and the absolutely hilarious incident that occurs when they first meet. She's mortified, but I could then read that Nate loved it and was incredibly intrigued by her. Their romance was sweet and steamy and I was rooting for a happily ever after for the two of them.
After reading Bunny Hills and Bikinis I will definitely be on the lookout for Heather Thurmeier's other novels. I loved this quick read (devoured it in a single day!) and recommend it to anyone looking for a fun romance.
Happy reading! :)
*I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.