Rescuing Lacey is not your usual romance novel. Using natural forest fauna as an exotic background, the novel unfolds a powerful physical attraction between photojournalist Lacey Sommers, who was assigned a job as wildlife photographer in Costa Rica, and environmentalist Luke Hancock, who was hired by her magazine to be her pilot and outdoor guide. This attraction – to their dismay – is something they both find difficult to control, much less suppress. After overcoming various conflicts and issues, they realize it’s their differing beliefs and personalities that are threatening to keep them apart.
I found this book on Book Club Reading List. After reading this novel, I give it a rating of 4 beach umbrellas and would highly recommend this a good read not only when you travel to Costa Rica but also when lounging at the beach or relaxing at a weekend getaway.
The strong physical attraction between the main characters, who have both shown their own toughness and self-affirmation, was carefully described and cultivated throughout every page. The conflicts and issues revealed in the novel had only added to their growing desire for each other. The main characters’ occasional banter contributed a healthy dose of light comedy in the story that also helped seize the readers’ attention.
The sexual attraction between Lacey and Luke added a spark of heat in the novel in a way that is lightly graphically described as seen in these scenes:
“She’d taken off her sunglasses, and he saw for the first time her eyes were an indigo blue of infinite depth, rimmed by lashes so thick they looked like they belonged in one of those cosmetic ads. He stared into her eyes longer than he’d intended. Christ, he thought as he dragged a hand through his hair, like the Bahamas’ great blue holes, a man could get lost in those depths.”
“Lacey shifted from one foot to the other. Luke’s intense stare made her uneasy. She returned his gaze with a bravado she didn’t actually feel. He stood within inches of her and although he wasn’t touching her, the sensation was just as disconcerting as if he had been. The heat rolled off him in waves, carrying the clean, salty scent of the beach.”
What makes Rescuing Lacey a perfect travel novel is the author’s intricate description of the Costa Rican forest, noting even the smallest details on its flora and fauna. This greatly helped establish Luke’s great love for the environment and Lacey’s extensive skills in photography.
Any reader would see the reality in every detail used to describe the setting, making them feel as if they are actually in Costa Rica. Wouldn’t this make you jump on the next plane to Costa Rica?
“Built on a thousand acres of pristine tropical lowland rain forest three hundred fifty feet above the point where the Gulfo Dulce and the Pacific Ocean collided, the eco-resort offered visitors a peaceful retreat; something she hadn’t had in she couldn’t remember when.”
The way the author described a Costa Rican waterfall in one of the chapters just takes my breath away.
“The roar of the waterfall drowned out all other sound. Just coming off the rainy season, the falls cascaded over the cliff with impressive power. Breathtaking at three hundred thirty feet, relatively the same height as a thirty-story building, the cataract plunged into a deep pool at the bottom.”
Plus, the occasional bits of information thrown at various scenes in the novel perfectly blends with the story, not taking the reader’s mind off the romance between the characters but rather strengthening foundations of the story including establishing each character’s personal “demons” and fears.
Every word used was carefully chosen to pull the reader into the story, piquing his interest more into checking the wonderful country out. If you are still deciding whether or not to spend a week in Costa Rica, this novel will make the decision for you.
About the Author
Rebecca Heflin has dreamed of writing romantic fiction since she was fifteen and her older sister snuck a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss’ Shanna to her and told her to read it. Rebecca writes women’s fiction and contemporary romance, and when not passionately pursuing her dream, she is busy with her day-job as a practicing attorney. She and her mountain-climbing husband live at sea level in sunny Florida.