Brenda Jackson kicks off a sensual new series set along the sultry Lousiana Gulf Coast with Love in Catalina Cove, a complicated tale of renewal and second chances. There’s an old-school feel to this book, with its colorful characters and gasping melodrama. Catalina Cove is a small town, with gossipy, small-minded people who circle around a scandal like a pack of vultures. Vashti Alcindor is living proof that sometimes, there’s no escaping the nosy small-town opinions. Years ago, they turned her personal tragedy into a community-wide scandal ... Jackson is a smooth storyteller, setting a pace as leisurely and sultry as the southern setting ... Jackson was the first African-American author to make both the New York Times and USA Today romance bestsellers list. And after twenty years in the business, books like Love in Catalina Cove prove that she’s still a prevailing force in romance.
Jackson opens the Catalina Cove contemporary series with a dramatic but messily constructed tale of love, social ostracism, and motherhood ... Hilariously bad sex scenes, flat characters, and cheesy dialogue diminish the intriguing plot.
Vashti Alcindor thought she would never return to Catalina Cove after the way the community reacted to her teen pregnancy 16 years ago. But inheriting her aunt's B&B and getting laid off from her job at a Manhattan luxury hotel—all this on the heels of a divorce—lead her back to her roots, and then an unexpected business offer makes her rethink her plan to return to the big city ... Despite the detailed sex scenes and episodes that show a deepening of Sawyer and Vashti’s connection, Jackson is veering into women’s fiction territory here. The most intriguing parts of the novel have to do with the revelations about Vashti’s youth and her parents’ meddling in the choices she made and the ripple effects of those actions in her current life ... More loosely paced than ideal—there are numerous trips and a tiresome number of references to people eating blueberry-infused food—but the heroine’s unusual backstory and the passages on local history and Creole identity add some freshness to this small-town inn-owner romance.