Getting Lei’d


ROMANTIC COMEDY:  Getting dumped while wearing her wedding dress is not the loving day Roxy envisioned, neither is the fact that she's getting dumped for her best friend. A pseudo-kidnapping by her sister Ruthie and grandmother, Baggy, has her going on her honeymoon to Hawaii—sans groom. Life changing experiences and the possibility of real love are not what she expected to find. Kai is a driver, bartender, and all around good guy, who is able to help Roxy laugh at her unhinged and unconventional family.


Told in first person, this uplifting tale shows that it is possible for the unexpected to happen and that life can go on—and be full of fireworks—after heartbreak. Though it happens quickly, Roxy and Kai fit well together, and actually do take the time to have conversations. Occasionally using too many clichés and chick-lit wording to paint a mental image of Roxy's crazy family, the story is fast paced and fun, but still allows room for the introspection she needs to figure out what comes next in her life. Kai is wonderful, but is really too good to be true—even in a paradise like Hawaii—and that tends to take away from the credibility of the story. Roxy's family is certifiable: sometimes good, and sometimes not so good, but is a perfect foil to her boring and steady life and help her to learn to bend just a bit. The ending is not entirely believable, but it blends well with the fast pacing of all the relationships that take place in paradise.


Julie York