In Lindsay Evans’s contemporary romance, Pleasure Under the Sun, the heroine Bailey Hughes is swept off on a romantic week abroad by her sexy hero, artist Seven Carmichael. The two start their journey aboard a yacht off Miami’s shores, sail to Key West, then find true love and lust on the island nation of Jamaica.
These days, a vacation for me means forty-eight uninterrupted hours of Netflix bingeing, junk food and sleep, but as I read this vividly painted romance I couldn’t help but crave a holiday away from my couch. So get out your passport and select the hero of your choosing. Here are some places I’m sure you’ll love to go.
England’s Lake District:
You’ve seen every film and miniseries adaptation of Austen’s work, and your man, a water conservationist, has managed to work in a trip to this national park under the guise of research. You come along to support his professional endeavors, naturally, but really you’re it in for the lakeside B&B sex and the hopes that your lover will reenact the final sunrise scene of Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice.
Your Kenyan hunk is an NFL star. He plays for The New York Sabers, featured in Farrah Rochon’s New York Sabers Series, of course. During the off season, instead of joining his boys for some wild weekends in Vegas or Cabo, you two board a three hundred hour flight to the east coast of Africa. It’s difficult to be cranky when you disembark and find yourself at the Uroba Bay Resort, a fully wheelchair accessible retreat. You and your man can kite surf, scuba dive, or play a little two hand touch on the white sand beaches.
The dream scenario includes a gentleman who is actually French. He’s, of course, fluent in French. He was raised in the French countryside which gives him this down-to-Earth appeal, but thanks to his summers in the city with his favorite aunt, he knows the secret spaces to take you, away from tourists’ prying eyes. But don’t worry, he’ll still take you for a stroll along the Champs Élysées and steal a few sunset kisses near the Eiffel Tower. After taking in the sites and secrets, you spend the rest of your stay recreating every sex scene from Cara McKenna’s Curio.
You and your yoga instructor sweetheart find yourselves in Phulay Bay Resort kayaking, enjoying beachside massages and taking in some candlelit yoga. The trip won’t be complete though, until he proposes to you during one of your guided jungle excursions. Instead of spending her time sweating it out in Purgatory, I wish this peaceful getaway on Abbie Mills of Sleepy Hollow. She needs a break and a massage. And a man who won’t leave her in limbo. JK, Ichabod. I still love you.
The Falkland Islands:
I imagine you’re a girl like Ellen Price from Jeanette Grey’s Take What You Want, breaking out of her shell and coming into her own. You plan this get trip mostly because you get to play with penguins, but also because your man, who loves to hike, has been living in the same small college town his whole life and has only left his home state to visit relatives. Once you’ve locked down those university diplomas it’s time for a little adventure, with penguins.
I’ll stop there, before I carried away. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to mentally prepare to watch season two of Orange is the New Black in one sitting. Hopefully my real life hero will come along for the ride.
Rebekah Weatherspoon was raised in Southern New Hampshire and now lives in Southern California with her favorite human and their two furry babies. She writes steamy multicultural contemporary and paranormal romance. You can find all of her titles at www.rebekahweatherspoon.com.