EL uses the land as a metaphor for her romance - this one takes place in Hawaii - hence a passionate, hot romance. Unfortunately, this one doesn't really deliver. Our cynical hero, Chase, sets out to humiliate our heroine, Nicole in order to protect his brother & his brother's marriage. He humiliates her very well and proves himself to be a jerk. . . a total jerk. Nicole runs too hot & cold to be truly believable - flirts wildly, dances half naked and then wonders why men get all hot and bothered. She's also kind of a doormat - she forgives Chase for humiliating her, hurting her, saying the worst things possible - she should have told him to take a hike and find a guy who would treat her well!