Title: Infinity Pools (Changing Plans #2)
Author: LA Witt
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Publisher: Self Published
Buy Link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: 162 pages
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A guest review by Lasha
**This review has spoilers from the first novella.**
Summary Review: Set in lush, beautiful Hawaii, the 50th state almost steals the show in this story about finding love again.
Sequel to Getting Off the Ground, reviewed here.
It started with a snowstorm and ended with a sizzling one-night-stand, but neither man is ready for it to be over.
Jilted groom Elliott Chandler doesn’t do “last minute” or “impulsive,” but at the very last minute, he impulsively changes his flight from Oahu to Maui. What was supposed to be his honeymoon turned into two weeks with a man he just met.
Derek Windsor is all about “last minute” and “impulsive,” but what he doesn’t do is fall in love. He’s a happily promiscuous bachelor and that’s final. They thought one night together wasn’t enough. Two weeks, however, is going to be more than they bargained for…
Infinity Pools starts up immediately where Getting Off the Ground ended. We have jilted bridegroom Elliott deciding to join the extremely good-looking Derek Winsor at his house on Maui for some fun in the sun – and more sexytimes in the bedroom. The entire novel takes place in a two week period as Elliott and Derek explore their feelings and sexual attraction for one another. LA Witt takes the reader on a tropical journey of attraction and lust eventually leading to deeper feelings on the part of the two protagonists.
What struck me about Infinity Pools was how detailed LA Witt was in describing Hawaii, particularly the island of Maui — where Derek lives. I have no idea if this was just great research or if she lives in Hawaii (lucky woman), but either way the setting was perfect. It gave a perfect back-drop to the burgeoning romance between Derek and Elliott. It seemed the longer Elliott stayed in Hawaii, the more his personality thawed from uptight to mellow. Perhaps the lush setting warmed him up – actually I think that was Derek – but it worked as I grew more engrossed in Elliott’s life and seeing him resolve all his lingering issues he had from the previous novella. (In Getting Off the Ground, Elliott was dumped basically at the altar by his long-term partner, he decides to go on his honeymoon by himself and at the airport meets Derek. Weather delays their flight and Derek and Elliott have what they think is a one-night stand. Turns out it isn’t and this book picks up where that left off.)
Told from Elliott’s first person POV, I normally don’t like stories like that, but for this book, it worked. Elliott’s tone and voice resonated throughout the novel as a man in transition, who while down at the moment, is determined to rebound. Personally I think Derek helps him quite a bit in that regard, but this is really Elliott’s story. And as Elliott is able to rebuild his life, he makes the decision that in the end he doesn’t want this to be just some vacation fling, that he has actual feelings for Derek and wants to take it from there. Basically by throwing caution to the wind, he’s actually taken control of his life and possibly found love again.
But it was the Aloha State that won me over in this novel. LA Witt describes a heaven on Earth as Derek shows off his home to his new lover. I felt like I was on a wonderful tour of Maui and some surrounding islands as Elliott showed the reader through his eyes just how beautiful, relaxing and exciting these islands can be. (Speaking as a person whose visited Hawaii many times when I was a flight attendant, I can honestly say LA Witt nailed the laid-back and tranquil feeling of the islands to a tee. Infinity Pools made me want to book a trip back immediately!)
Overall, I really enjoyed Infinity Pools; it was a wonderful second installment in this series, giving more details and insight in Elliott and Derek. I would love to read about the next stage in their relationship in a third book. Recommended.