Financial Adviser Bailey Hughes catches the eye of famous sculptor and playboy Seven Carmichael at a party of a mutual friend. At this party, they only glimpse each other and a mild flirtation ensues but neither acts on the attraction. Seven is in need of financial assistance and unbeknownst to him, his friend Marcus refers him to Bailey and her firm. Once these two meet in an office setting those sparks begin to fly and Seven stops at nothing to pursue a relationship with Bailey. Bailey is resistant at first, until Seven takes drastic, although romantic, measures to prove he and Bailey should be together. They embark on a week-long adventure so Seven can uncover and carve a niche into Bailey’s life and heart.
This storyline is vastly different in that the hero, once he sets his sights on the heroine, is determined to show her that they have a future together. The author does a decent job of developing these characters. She successfully portrays the issues Bailey had while growing up with artist style parents who chased their dreams, never settling in one place, and how they impacted Bailey’s pursuit for permanence and desire to settle in one place. This need does not allow Bailey to get past Seven’s occupation.
Seven is a man who knows what he wants and his Jamaican upbringing does not allow him to give up without trying to break down Bailey’s barriers.
Their trip to Jamaican is refreshing and seeing this side of Seven allows Bailey to lower her barriers. The story flows well and has some funny parts. The kidnapping incident is a bit funny, but also romantic. Seven is adamant he’s going to get Bailey to love him.
Overall, Pleasure under the Sun is an okay read and a good start for Ms. Evans.
-Reviewed by Deborah