Book Review: 12 Hours in Paradise

Book & Author Details:12HoursFront
12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: April 19th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Twelve hours, thirty-six questions, and a chance to fall in love…

It’s the last day of Dorothy Patmont’s family vacation. Soon, she must head back to Reno, where all that waits for her is the cold and the snow. To top it all off, her brother, Chester, acted like a little jerk and ate one too many cookies from the sample jar in the cookie store. But his antics have an unexpected benefit—attracting the attention of an intriguing boy who could change her life forever.

Treats can be sweet, but love is sweeter still…

Arash Atkinson, fluent in four languages and an adventurous soul, is in Waikiki for a high school band competition. When he meets Dorothy, he realizes their time together is limited. “Come out and play,” he texts her. A night of romantic adventure ensues, and Arash discovers an app that claims it can make people fall in love after answering thirty-six questions in each other’s presence.

With each question asked, their stories and feelings continue to unfold. But with every hour that passes they’re more at risk of being found out—Dorothy, by her parents; Arash by his school chaperone. And then Arash gets the dreaded phone call—he has been discovered missing from his room, and must return immediately. Can they finish the questions before facing their consequences?

When time is running out, true love cannot wait. What Arash and Dorothy have is beyond special, something that comes along once in a lifetime, and begins with Twelve Hours In Paradise…but can it survive the trials of the real world?

My Review:

This lovely book will steal your heart from the very beginning. Even though I must admit I am not a believer in falling for someone in 12 hours, this is a great read. I enjoyed every page of it and the characters as well.

When I first heard about the title, my impression was different. I was surprised in a positive way! The action is not rushed. The reader doesn’t have the impression that the actions happen just because the book has to end at some point! The characters are well developed as well and the way their feelings are expressed is also a proof of the author’s abilities.

Unfortunately, I have never been to Hawaii, but this is not the first book where the story develops there. I was able to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and reread about them. It is a beautiful balance between the view on the outside and the inside of the characters.

To keep it short, I loved it and I encourage you to give it a try as well! Come back and let me know what you think about it !



Kathryn Berla graduated from the University of California at Berkeley as an English major. She has lived in many different countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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