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Caribbean Competitors

Tekijä: Poppy Minnix

Sarjat: Simona Island (2)

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Xiamara Nivar and Apollo Fischer had the perfect childhood friendship, leading her to believe they'd transition to soulmate-status seamlessly. She couldn't have been more wrong. When it came to a more-than-friends relationship, they were super cringe. No wonder Xia didn't believe him when he promised to come back for her the night before he left for college. But still, she waited. After seven years of foolishly hoping he'd keep his word, Xia has put all that behind her. She's got a career, a cast of colorful comrades, and a competitive streak bigger than the Caribbean Ocean. Winning this year's Moss Monster Meet will be a cinch-until Apollo returns to the small island of Simona. Not only is she a stumbling, stuttering, shipwreck of a human whenever he's present, but the unthinkable has happened. Apollo plans to compete in the race, threatening the three-year winning streak that will earn her the coveted title of Moss Boss. When they are thrust together, Xia can't maintain her composure-and Apollo knows it. He isn't above using it against her, either. With the finish line in sight, Xia has one burning question: is it the race Apollo wants to win, or her heart?… (lisätietoja)
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I've read great reviews and had high hopes, but this one just isn't doing it for me. The island setting is interesting, as is the protagonist's job as an aromachologist. However, while the voice and tensions are strong, this was lacking in stakes and motivation for me. Xia is so driven by winning this race and so bamboozled by Apollo's presence, but their history just doesn't seem to back that up. The way she was reacting, I thought they had a terrible breakup at least, but they're just childhood best friends that didn't work out and she's still hung up on it 7 years later. It didn't seem realistic to me. And I didn't get Apollo's motivations at all. It's a shame because this really is well-written and the setting is great, but I couldn't get past the fact that, for me, the intensity of the character's feelings and reactions didn't fit the context.
  SpaceStationMir | Jun 15, 2023 |
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I chose this book as an early reviewer's copy because I thought I should try a genre I normally do not read. In the future, I will simply stick with what I know. I had a very hard time getting into the book. There was a lot of backstory between the main characters that was revealed so slowly that by the time I learned it I was bored out of my mind. Xia, the main female character, was probably supposed to be funny and confident with her life. However, she turned into a love-sick puppy as soon as her love interest reappeared on Simona Island where the story was set. From there the story stumbled on and about two-thirds into the book, it turned from PG-13 to hot and steamy (Don't let the comic cover fool you.). This does not have to be bad necessarily, but it was unbelievable and did not fit in with the characters. I also think better editing might have helped to make this a better read. ( )
  conhauf | Jan 27, 2023 |
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I liked this more than the first book in the series (even though the first one was very good). Xia and Apollo have a long history together so the tension is off the charts. It is such a slow burn but totally worth it. I really liked the storyline, both people have left the island at some point, but promises were made and now there is distance both emotionally and physically. Xia is a funny and confident person, but her clumsiness was too much at times. It was a little unbelievable. I also felt like there were a lot of unanswered questions. Why did it take Apollo three extra years? What do his tattoos mean (the X in the hexagon)? I almost actually wish there was a chapter or two from his point of view. It was nice to be back on the island and see characters both old and new. Overall this is a really great series with a fantastic setting and characters. This book can be read as a standalone. I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy. ( )
  Ford_and_Hemlock | Jan 21, 2023 |
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Caribbean Competitors: Xiamara is content with her life on Simona Island. She absolutely loves her job, where she is paid for her passion to do all things aromatherapy. She has great friends! And this year she is going to win the annual island Mossy Monster Meet and take home the title of Moss Boss. She has trained hard and she is ready. Until Apollo returns to the island. The boy she’s loved all her life. He’s been haunting her since he left seven years ago. And now she’s expected to partner with him in the competition, which is a real problem since she is struggling to speak/stay upright in his presence.
What a funny book! Xiamara was so hilarious, right from the jump. I loved spending time in her head. I keep thinking about her army crawling backward out of a room to avoid someone. She is bonkers and I love it. And her chemistry with Apollo is incredible. There is some mild spiciness present, but even without that you can just feel how into each other they are. Very hot. Very sweet.
The whole Mossy Meet is really funny. In one of the events, the contestants have to rescue lost tourists from the jungle. I know training montages might not be the most fun to read about, but I actually loved them in this book. More time to spend with Xia and Apollo, and more time to read about these silly challenges.
Xiamara is an aromachologist and I loved reading about all the scent mixes she makes and what the scents do. It was such a nice, immersive touch.
Caribbean Competitors is the second book in the Simona Island series and I really need to go back and read book one. I’m excited to learn more about the island and the community. Fingers crossed it is as hilarious as book two!
Thanks to LibraryThing and City Owl Press for the ARC!
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
1 ääni wilsonwalker | Jan 12, 2023 |
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Caribbean Competitors by Poppy Minnix is the second book of the Simona Island series. Although I have read the first book Holiday Hotel, this can be read as a standalone. I do recommend reading the first book though as a lot of the characters make a reappearance in this one. I can't get over how much this series and the people of Simona Island have won my heart over.

Xiamara Nivar reunites with her childhood best friend, Apollo Fischer. The character development and growth between these two is huge. From the first page until the last you are finding out more about them, their history, and the emotions they feel. Xia struggles with balancing the past, present and thoughts of the future all while trying to win the traditional island competition, The Moss Monster Meet. Simona Island throws a lot of curveballs her way that might just impact her chance of winning the coveted Moss Boss title.

The story is told from a single point of view, Xiamara. I often like alternating/dual point of view with both the FMC and MMC, however with Poppy's writing of Apollo into the book I didn't feel that I was missing out on the dual perspectives. Through Xia (and other island residents) we absorb everything about Apollo. Often I wanted to yell at her, "Oh come on girl!!! It's so obvious!" and it just kept me reading. It was easy to fall in love with Apollo and become Xia's best friend.

Caribbean Competitors includes love, desire, adventure, and so much more! I don't want to spoil it all. I would consider this story to fall in the lines of Second Chances, Friends to Lovers, and a kind of version of Forced Proximity.

I do wish that there was just a little more at the end of the story but I am always the reader who wants more and more! It seemed to end quickly. The epilogue gives us a brief look into the next book of the series as well as a little more closure of Xiamara and Apollo's story.

This is absolutely a 5 star read from me! Spice level 3/5.

A big thank you to Poppy and City Owl Press for providing me with a free copy of Caribbean Competitors in exchange for a fair and honest review. I can not wait until the third book comes out!

...Also, can we just make this Island real and move there? ( )
1 ääni lam31777 | Dec 28, 2022 |
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Xiamara Nivar and Apollo Fischer had the perfect childhood friendship, leading her to believe they'd transition to soulmate-status seamlessly. She couldn't have been more wrong. When it came to a more-than-friends relationship, they were super cringe. No wonder Xia didn't believe him when he promised to come back for her the night before he left for college. But still, she waited. After seven years of foolishly hoping he'd keep his word, Xia has put all that behind her. She's got a career, a cast of colorful comrades, and a competitive streak bigger than the Caribbean Ocean. Winning this year's Moss Monster Meet will be a cinch-until Apollo returns to the small island of Simona. Not only is she a stumbling, stuttering, shipwreck of a human whenever he's present, but the unthinkable has happened. Apollo plans to compete in the race, threatening the three-year winning streak that will earn her the coveted title of Moss Boss. When they are thrust together, Xia can't maintain her composure-and Apollo knows it. He isn't above using it against her, either. With the finish line in sight, Xia has one burning question: is it the race Apollo wants to win, or her heart?

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