Twelve hours, thirty-six questions, and a chance to fall in love…
It’s the last day of Dorothy Patmont’s family vacation. Soon, she must head back to Reno, where all that waits for her is the cold and the snow. To top it all off, her brother, Chester, acted like a little jerk and ate one too many cookies from the sample jar in the cookie store. But his antics have an unexpected benefit—attracting the attention of an intriguing boy who could change her life forever.
Treats can be sweet, but love is sweeter still…
Arash Atkinson, fluent in four languages and an adventurous soul, is in Waikiki for a high school band competition. When he meets Dorothy, he realizes their time together is limited. “Come out and play,” he texts her. A night of romantic adventure ensues, and Arash discovers an app that claims it can make people fall in love after answering thirty-six questions in each other’s presence.
With each question asked, their stories and feelings continue to unfold. But with every hour that passes they’re more at risk of being found out—Dorothy, by her parents, and Arash by his school chaperone. And then Arash gets the dreaded phone call—he has been discovered missing from his room, and must return immediately. Can they finish the questions before facing their consequences?
When time is running out, true love cannot wait. What Arash and Dorothy have is beyond special, something that comes along once in a lifetime, and begins with Twelve Hours In Paradise…but can it survive the trials of the real world?
I was fortunate enough to read 12 Hours in Paradise while it was up on Swoon Reads, and again when I was chosen to be a reviewer for its release with Limitless Publishing. This sweet love story revolves around Dorothy Patmont and Arash Atkinson. Can a chance meeting between two teenage tourists in Waikiki lead to true love? (The answer, for me, is a resounding yes! I am a die-hard romantic and believer in love at first sight.)
The Good: Kathryn Berla is an extremely talented writer. “Extremely” may be an understatement. She is a true wordsmith and knows how to paint a whole picture using just the power of words. Her descriptions of Waikiki and the experiences of visiting Hawaii are spot on. This is one of the only books I’ve read with a POC as the romantic lead in what may actually be forever, and I love it.
The Bad: People who have never been to Hawaii may be shocked and horrified to discover that we have a severe issue with homelessness.
Overall: Arash is likable, endearing, and intelligent. You can almost immediately sense that he has a sweet, boyish romantic interest in Dorothy and over the course of the night we are treated to the opportunity of watching her feelings for him develop. As you near the end of the book you will find yourself hoping in your heart of hearts that things work out for Dorothy and Arash, our new and unlikely romantic ship. Of course, you’ll have to read 12 Hours in Paradise yourself to find out how it ends. 😉
12 Hours in Paradise officially releases on April 19th but it is currently available for pre-order right now. If you’re as excited as I am, I encourage you to pre-order the e-book now and it’ll be sent to your kindle device on April 19th! 😀 I would undoubtedly recommend this book to a friend (and I have)!
On that note, a hui hou (until we meet again)!