Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Independent One by Cami Checketts


Haley Turnbow escapes to the tropical Isla del Sol for an ideal vacation with her five-year old. She doesn’t plan on the resident ghost stalking her and the island’s fine-looking owner drawing her in with his confident, fun personality.

Cal Johnson is king of his own island, happy and busy. A beautiful mom and her wild little boy flip his world upside down. He falls in love with both of them knowing they’re going to leave at the end of their vacation and he might not recover from the loss.

Can these two independent adults trust their hearts or is it not worth the risk?

My Review: 4.5 Stars

Haley is a single mother to an adorable little boy named Taz. He is full of energy and is constantly keeping her on her toes. When they escape to the tropical Isla del Sol for a much needed vacation, she never imagines the adventures that are in store for them. From hiking, to playing on the beach, to whale watching, to catching the eye of the gorgeous Cal, she is enjoying herself way too much to even think about worrying over the resident ghost who seems to be stalking her. 

When Cal first lays eyes on Haley and Taz, he is immediately intrigued. He has never met anyone like Haley before. He is used to women finding out he has money and instantly fawning over him. But when Haley seems to turn up her nose at the first mention of money, he knows he needs to tread carefully around her. The more time he spends with them, the more he is envisioning them becoming a family. But the longer he keeps his wealth a secret from her, the more he endangers his chances of building a forever with Haley and Taz. 

Will Haley learn to trust again? Will she learn that it's okay to lean on others for help? Or will secrets and past hurts destroy whatever future they may have together?

I just have to say that I absolutely loved little Taz! He had me chuckling left and right! That adorable little guy stole the show for me! He had the sweetest relationship with his mama and Cal. Love! <3

The Independent One is such a fun addition to this series! I loved it! I was getting frustrated when real life was getting into my reading time. I had to go an entire day without reading and was NOT happy about it! Lol. I do wish we would've been able to see Brad get what he deserved. Even if it was just getting the crap beat out of him! Haha. 

And can we talk about this cover?! GORGEOUS! I am loving all of them! I can't wait to see what's next for this series! :)  

And of course I can't forget my casting! What do you think? 


  1. Thank you so much! You are amazing and I just love your reviews and your casting!
    Everything Taz said was taken from my five year old. Such a fun age!
    Don't worry, we're not done with Brad. He's going to get what he deserves in the next book. ;)
    Thanks again,

    1. Awwww... thank you! This was just what I needed to hear after a very long, hard day! <3

      Oh my goodness! How fun for you! I was seriously cracking up left and right! Especially whenever he would say sucks! Haha!

      And funny story while reading the part about him getting a brain freeze... I was on my lunch, drinking a soda and got a brain freeze for drinking too fast! Guess I needed to be told to slow down too! ;) Haha.

      I can't wait for the next book! Brad seriously ticked me off! Grrrr. Lol.

  2. We laugh so hard at our little man. Sunday night we were visiting a friend and they had two beautiful girls there. They asked if they could be his girlfriend and he said, "Oh, yes, yes, yes. Please do." Then he looked at their teenage boy and said, "Well, do you respect me now?" Oh, my!

    1. Hahahahaha! Oh my heck! That is HILARIOUS! You're little man is awesome! Love it! 5 is definitely fun! One of my niece's is 5 and some of the things that come out of her mouth cracks me up! Kids these days are too smart for their own good! Haha. :)

    2. For sure!
      Thanks again for all your help. You're amazing!