Duke Ryder is a real estate investor with his eye on the island of Elpitha. He has big ideas of casinos and large hotels until he meets Gabriella Liakos, whose grandfather is looking to sell the property. Immediately the two are attracted to each other but both know that the other has different ideas about the island.
Will Duke be able to do what is right for the struggling island without losing Gabriella? Will Gabriella allow herself to trust that Duke will do the right thing and give their relationship a chance?
This was my first Melissa Foster book and I was so excited to get the chance to read it as I have heard so many great reviews from other authors. I was definitely not disappointed and I really loved getting to know Duke and Gabriella.
Duke was absolutely amazing start to finish and I loved how authentic he was to himself and those around him. He was definitely a perfect guy and I loved the things he did to gain Gabriella's trust and how much he truly listened to what he said.
I definitely understood the hesitancy with Gabriella towards Duke. She wanted the island to stay authentic and hated the idea of it being destroyed by big businesses/investors. She was such a important part of her family and I loved how she finally understood why her grandpa did what he did (avoiding spoiler!).
This was a great book and I look forward to getting to know the rest of these characters in upcoming books!