Hurricane Hannah (2006)
Author: Sue Civil-Brown
Genre: Romance (Contemporary)
Business owner and Pilot Hannah Lamont has to make an emergency landing and finds herself on a small island filled with eccentric citizens who make all of their town decisions by playing poker. One of these locals is the ruggedly handsome Buck Shanahan whom Hannah quarrels with from the beginning. Unfortunately there is no leaving the island until Hannah's plane is fixed, and another Hannah- the hurricane, is on its way. Everyone safely weathers the storm in Buck's airport hanger. During this time everyone has become aware of the budding sexual tension between Hannah and Buck, especially Edna, the volcanologist obsessed with Buck. Soon enough Hannah finds herself in a poker game over who gets Buck's heart. SPOILER: Not only is Buck at stake, but all of Bill Anstin's property including his casino that no one else on the island wants him to develop. Of course Hannah perseveres and wins not only the casino to put in the hands of the islanders, but Buck's heart.
Geographical Setting: A small island in the Caribbean, Treasure Island
Time Period: Contemporary (2006)
Series: First book in the Treasure Island series
This book is highly descriptive, making the pace slow. The reader gets to know everything from detailed physical characteristics, to what islanders are wearing. There is a copious amount of inner dialogue from multiple characters that focuses on emotions. This book features detailed and quirky secondary characters, including a resident alligator named Buster. The plot line and progression is simple and straightforward, each problem is resolved before moving on to the next. The story has a humorous romantic tone, and is kept lighthearted by comedic elements such as a lovesick alligator. The style is simple, alternating between scene description, inner dialogue and short character dialogue.
Read-alikes: Readers that enjoyed the characters in this book should read the next title in the Treasure Island series, The Life Of Reilly. The story is about Lynn Reilly, a schoolteacher new to the island, and the ghost of her aunt who attempts to play matchmaker. This book features some of the characters from Hurricane Hannah and is written in the same simple style with light-hearted tone. Readers looking for more comedic romances should read
Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruise. This book is about Nina Askew and her hunk of a younger neighbor, Alex. Nina’s dog Fred brings the two together. Readers that enjoyed the humorous tone and quirky characterization of Hurricane Hannah should enjoy this book. Readers looking for another opposites attract storyline should check out
Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. The story revolves around Annabelle Granger, the new owner of a matchmaking business and her high profile client, Heath Champion. This book features a strong independent female lead and an alpha male love interest, similar to Hannah and Buck in Hurricane Hannah .
Smart Mouth by Erin McCarthy is another book written in simple style with a humorous tone. The story revolves around Reese Hampton, a reporter who accidentally gets a hold of an envelope containing information that FBI agent Derek Knight desperately needs. The dialogue that transpires between the two is witty, reminiscent of Hurricane Hannah . Jayne Anne Krentz's
All Night Long will appeal to readers that enjoy well-written witty dialogue. Readers looking for strong, independent leading ladies like Hannah Lamont will like Irene Stenson. She has returned home after many years and meets the man of her affections, Luke Danner. They are brought together in an effort to solve the mysterious death of a mutual acquaintance. Luke Danner's family is a cast of eccentric secondary characters, similar to those featured in Hurricane Hannah .
Red Flags: Multiple graphic sex scenes and some strong language.