Hilo by Claire Donovan – Review by Layna


Claire Donovan



Maybe there is something special between Adam and me, but that doesn’t mean we’re guaranteed a happily ever after. Love and romance aren’t always forever.

*** Brooklyn ***

I’m a spirited, athletic community college student from New Jersey, traveling to attend my mother’s Hawaiian wedding to a wealthy land developer. If I meet a hunky man who piques my interest while I’m on the beach or in the pool, I might just take a chance…

You know the rest… when I hook-up with a gorgeous bronze surf instructor any caution remaining in me drops straight to the bottom of the sea…

I’m an eager audience for his sweet words. I’m convinced he adores my show-stopping red hair and my unsinkable style, on both land and water…

His lagoon blue eyes bedazzle me so completely that the word regret loses all meaning for me…

Until later that same night when I discover his father is the man marrying my mother…

And that he’s escorting a tall gorgeous blond in a strapless sheath dress to the rehearsal dinner…

And that he still has enough brass in his balls to hit on me at the wedding reception…!

When I feel his molten arms around my waist, my blood heats up so quickly that I vent steam whiter than his dinner jacket into the blue night…

Just who does my new stepbrother Adam Seabrook think he is?

He even makes it impossible for me to scream at him in frustration. How can I, when our lips are locked together as tight as a chowder clam?

My best solution is to put a wide ocean between us. But my plan isn’t dialing down my summery heat even one degree…

My heart argues: Give Adam a chance. My head answers: No stepbrother deserves a first chance, much less a second…

***Hilo is an XOXO Stepbrother MC Standalone Novel. HEA. No cheating. ***





I’m such a sucker for a good forbidden, step-brother romance story. Hilo was no exception. I’ve never been into sports but this book made me want to go to California just to ride the waves. That’s a problem for me though because I’ve never been athletic a day in my life.

Brooklyn plans on enjoying her Hawaiian vacation, there for her mother’s wedding. She enters a surf shop, the instructor napping in a chair. When she wakes up the napping hunk of a man, he falls for her instantly. Literally falls and they topple over one another. Sparks fly between the two but they soon realize they will be step-brother and sister. Although Brooklyn tries to hide from her feelings, she can’t. She caves into the pleasure that Alex brings her. Alex is the whole deal. He’s a surfer for one, so he has that beach boy vibe. He’s smart, strong and ambitious. Brooklyn and Alex are the perfect couple, minus the fact that they are step-siblings.

Hilo gave me that perfect summertime romance vibe, while also giving me that forbidden secret romance that I so un-secretly crave. The characters were realistic and relatable. It was just a all around a super sweet romantic read.




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