Caitlin Daire has teamed up with Isabella Darling to bring us a sweet, steamy, sexy story. Isabella Darling is the nom de plume for Isabella Starling’s lighter side. As Isabella Starling, she writes a lot of dark and taboo stuff, including a lot of Daddy Dom books. Daddy Dearest is the latest one of those. But Suite Hearts is quite different from those books, though no less good or steamy. Caitlin Daire is a new author to me, and I will go looking for more books from her, especially if she continues to team up with Isabella.
In this story, Peyton is the heiress to the Mirabella Hotel. She’s also a paid socialite, who gets paid to party, appear at events, and promote brands as an influencer. Think Paris Hilton. She’s basically famous for being famous, but she’s really good at it. At the ripe old age of 21, she’s getting tired of it, of being surrounded by the paparazzi all the time, and the stress of it.
Kaden is the son of the hoteliers who think that Peyton and her family are their arch-enemies. His parents think that Peyton’s parents are fire-breathing dragons who are stealing away all their business. However, the Mirabella has been around for many decades and is an institution, and not really competition with Kaden’s family hotel. Different demographics, different attractions, and all that. But, don’t try telling his parents that, they won’t believe a word of it. So, in order to crash their arch-rivals, Kaden’s parents have decided to send him to the Mirabella to get a job and act as their spy. Under the name Cade, he gets a job at the Mirabella as a bellhop and prepares to get on in his spying duty, whether or not he really wants to.
On his very first day there, Peyton falls for him. Or rather, falls in front of him. Peyton is walking into the lobby and slips in a puddle of water on the floor, snaps the heels of her shoes off, and right before she hits the floor, he catches her. He says something about things being slippery when wet and makes it obvious that he doesn’t mean the floor.
In that same group is a young woman named DeeDee. Remember her, she’s important. It’s going to be hard for Peyton and her family to forget her, especially as she passes out as soon as she sees Peyton and her mother together.
So, if you’ve read my blog, you are familiar with the drill by now. You want more info, you keep going past the picture. You want to get your info on your own, you stop at the picture. This is a nice, relatively light story. No kink, lots of sex. There is conflict, of course, because you have to have conflict. The two main plot points start to intersect, so they work well together. The body of the book feels like it goes really fast, so that there only days from start to finish, but there are weeks in between start and finish, so no insta-love. I have nothing against insta-love, and it works well in certain stories, but I liked the way the relationship drew together in a more organic and natural way. There is a strong HEA, and all the points are pretty much drawn together well enough, but I have a feeling that there is another book coming, if this one does well, and I bet I can guess who the main characters will be. All in all, as with most of Isa’s books, I really enjoyed it. Like I said, this was my first Caitlin Daire book, but I’ll definitely go check out more from her. If you like contemporary, sweet, sexy, and a little bit of conflict, this is the one for you.
So, remember DeeDee and how I told you that she would be important? Well, here it is. Whe Peyton was younger, her sister, Allegra, was kidnapped. Peyton was 6 and Allegra was 3. DeeDee passes out when she meets Peyton’s mother and Peyton, and when she gets to the hospital, she says it was flashbacks, and that she was Allegra. She passes a DNA test, taken with her DNA and Mom and Dad’s DNA, but not Peyton’s. The DNA shows a familial relationship, so she’s brought into the family as Allegra, and she starts to live it up as a hotel heiress, and tries to cut Peyton out of everything. Allegra seems to have personalities that go back and forth when it comes to her dealings with Peyton. I have to admit that I guessed some of the points around this particular point, but not everything, and not how it would get worked around.
Of course, Kaden and Peyton are going to have issues when she finds out who she is, and they do. And then all hell breaks out, which is even worse, and makes everything about a zillion times worse. However, Kaden manages to fix or help to fix the various issues and gets Peyton’s parents behind them.
I like the story, I like the sex, I enjoyed the premise. I don’t need dark and kink to make my little reading self happy, as long as I have a good story. This was definitely a good story.
So, this was post #2, and later on, long around 7 pm Eastern, tonight, you’ll get the newest offering from Summer Graystone. Hopefully it will have dropped by then. Meanwhile, happy reading!