Author: Eliza Gordon
Series: Hollie Porter #1
Published by: West 26th Street Press
Publication Date: October 29, 2013
Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at twenty-five years old, she’s saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who’s all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. She’s already near her breaking point, so when one caller too many kicks the bucket during Hollie’s 911 shift, she cashes in the Sweethearts’ Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she’s going solo. Any sweethearts will have to be found on site.
Hollie hopes to find her beloved otters in the wilds of the Great White North, but instead she’s providing comic relief for staff and guests alike. Even Concierge Ryan, a former NHL star with bad knees and broken dreams, can’t stop her from stumbling from one (mis)adventure to another. Just when Hollie starts to think that a change of venue doesn’t mean a change in circumstances, the island works its charm and she starts to think she might have found the rejuvenation she so desperately desires. But then an uninvited guest crashes the party, forcing her to step out of the discomfort zone where she dwells and save the day … and maybe even herself in the process.
When I first saw Must Love Otters, I thought it sounded adorable. Oh my gosh, it was perfect! I got a lot more than I expected, and it turned into one of my favorite reads of 2013.
Hollie works as a 911 operator and can’t stand it. Her boyfriend is … well, he’s something else. She’s in a funk and is tired of his crap, so she dumps his butt. While in a drunken stupor she decides to get away from it all and head up to a resort in Canada. That’s when the real fun begins.
Hollie is the best character! I was not expecting her to be so hilarious, especially when she talks back to her inner dialogue. There were so many times I was thankful for not drinking or eating while reading this, because I’m sure I would have choked or spit something out. The humor and attitude is very much on my level, and I love her quirkiness. And the goat! Oh my, haha!
I absolutely adore the romance. Seriously, Ryan is exactly the kind of good-natured guy I love. Instead of being intense and jealous, trying to stake his claim, he lets things play out. Oh sure, he gets a little protective, but he uses humor and is mischievous about it. Their teasing and banter was so much fun, and it all felt very natural and genuine.
Even though it’s fairly easy to see from the start how things are going to end up, the ride is so much fun! Hollie finds herself in some unfortunate predicaments, which were pretty damn funny. I swear, I was laughing and smiling the majority of the time while reading this book. As much as I hated for it to end, I was very happy with the outcome.
I thoroughly enjoyed Must Love Otters and recommend it without hesitation. I know this is a stand-alone, but I would love a sequel! I could always use more Hollie.