The sexual encounters in O’Clare’s latest are as lush and sizzling as the Hawaiian setting. But the characters are caricatures and the plot is implausible.
Jenny strikes a deal with wealthy widow Mrs. Winston: In exchange for taking on her appointments in Hawaii, Jenny will be flown by private jet to the tropical paradise. Her first appointment is with Ric Karaka, the older woman’s long-lost grandson, who needs a loan to restore his family’s rundown plantation house. To get the money, he must convince Jenny of the project’s worth. Their instant sexual attraction leads to a deepening emotional connection. To find happiness together, they must set aside their own fears as well as fight greedy developers. (APHRODISIA, Aug., 320 pp., $14.00)