10/05/2015

Hollie Porter Builds a Raft by Eliza Gordon ~ ARC Review

Title: Hollie Porter Builds a Raft
Author: Eliza Gordon
Series: Must Love Otters #2
Release Date: October 1, 2015

raft (noun): when two or more otters rest together,
often holding hands, so they don’t drift apart

Hollie Porter has put her old gig as a 911 operator and sad single girl in an attic-bound box, right where it belongs. She’s rebounded nicely from her run-in with Chloe the Cougar in the wilds of British Columbia, and this new life alongside concierge-in-shining-armor Ryan Fielding? Way more fun. After relocating to Ryan’s posh resort at Revelation Cove, Hollie embarks on an all-new adventure as the Cove’s wildlife experience educator, teaching guests and their kids about otters and orca and cougars, oh my.

When darling Ryan gets down on one NHL-damaged knee and pops the question of a lifetime, Hollie realizes this is where the real adventure begins. It’s all cake tasting, flower choosing, and dress fittings until a long-lost family member shows up at the Cove and threatens to hijack her shiny new life, forcing Hollie to redefine what family means to her. What is she willing to sacrifice to have one of her very own?

As Ryan’s words echo in her head—“Our raft, our rules”—Hollie has to face facts: a raft isn’t always tied together with blood and genetics. Sometimes it’s secured by love and loyalty… and occasional help from the clever creatures that call Revelation Cove home.

Source: eARC from author
This is my honest review
Rating: 5 Stars ~ EXCELLENT

A MUST READ for Must Love Otters fans!

If you adored Must Love Otters, you need to see what happens in the sequel. Hollie Porter Builds a Raft had more of everything I loved in Must Love Otters. Hollie gets into more quirky situations. Hollie and Ryan are blissfully in love in Revelation Cove, and they’re ready to take the next step in their lives as a couple. Things hardly go perfect for Hollie…ever! In addition to a series of mishaps that only Hollie Porter can get into, unexpected visits from certain people happen. Now she must deal with a boatload of issues on her journey to happiness forever after with Concierge Ryan.

I read Must Love Otters almost two years ago, and I was fine with the ending. I didn’t think I would need to revisit the characters until I started reading Hollie Porter Builds a Raft. Hollie’s happiness is threatened in more ways than one in one unfortunate situation after another. Don’t mind freakin’ Mangala the demon goat when there are cute otters! I guarantee the otter parts will absolutely warm your heart. Ryan is as swoon-worthy as expected, and he sweeps Hollie off her feet in the sweetest romance ever! She’s so lucky, and he really does get her weirdly, wonderful, and silly ways! They are truly each other’s rock. In this book, Hollie continues to remain close to her dad, and there are tear-inducing, touching father-daughter scenes where he is concerned.

If you’re in the mood for a romantic comedy that gives nod to nature and animals, Hollie Porter Builds a Raft will give you a balance of both the crazy and lovely feelings in one great read. It felt good to be back in Hollie and Ryan’s world again. The entire book felt like reconnecting with old friends. This is a delightful and worthy sequel. I can’t wait for more!

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~*~ Review Repost ~*~
Here is my review of Must Love Otters, originally written and posted in November 2013.


Sweet & Freakin' Hilarious!

Hollie Porter is stuck with a life that she really doesn't want. Her job, her co-workers, her boyfriend feel all wrong. Her father gifts her a vacation, and she uses this opportunity to get away from it all. Little did she know that making a call to the Revelation Cove resort to make arrangements for her stay there would ultimately change her life on many levels.

I loved Hollie from the start. She's quirky and authentic. She has her own brand of humor, a wild imagination and has far too many misadventures, including one naked mishap...oops! I've got to give her credit for trying to take charge of her life with gusto! When romance finally comes a knocking, oh boy, does it...in the form of a handsome, green-eyed, ex-hockey star! Concierge Ryan is so charming and smooth. He will make you swoon, I promise!

I adored...completely ADORED this book! I laughed, I cried, I rooted for the heroine to find her HEA right from the beginning. One of the things that I enjoyed was Hollie's close relationship with her father, who had raised Hollie as a single dad. Eliza Gordon also did a beautiful job with the setting, painting a stunning visual in my mind, so much so, that I now want to visit British Columbia. I love otters. I really do! I've been to Monterey so many times to view them frolicking in the water. The otters in this book? It's totally worth getting to this part of the story. So cute!

If you love animals and romantic comedies, then I highly recommend MUST LOVE OTTERS! Get ready to giggle-snort several times! This story is incredibly funny, entertaining, and heartwarming. When I reached the end, I wanted to hug the hell out of my e-reader.

A complimentary copy was provided by the author for an honest review.

Eliza Gordon's inspirational pics for Concierge Ryan:

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