12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: April 19th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Twelve hours, thirty-six questions, and a chance to fall in love…
It’s the last day of Dorothy Patmont’s family vacation. Soon, she must head back to Reno, where all that waits for her is the cold and the snow. To top it all off, her brother, Chester, acted like a little jerk and ate one too many cookies from the sample jar in the cookie store. But his antics have an unexpected benefit—attracting the attention of an intriguing boy who could change her life forever.
Treats can be sweet, but love is sweeter still…
Arash Atkinson, fluent in four languages and an adventurous soul, is in Waikiki for a high school band competition. When he meets Dorothy, he realizes their time together is limited. “Come out and play,” he texts her. A night of romantic adventure ensues, and Arash discovers an app that claims it can make people fall in love after answering thirty-six questions in each other’s presence.
With each question asked, their stories and feelings continue to unfold. But with every hour that passes they’re more at risk of being found out—Dorothy, by her parents; Arash by his school chaperone. And then Arash gets the dreaded phone call—he has been discovered missing from his room, and must return immediately. Can they finish the questions before facing their consequences?
When time is running out, true love cannot wait. What Arash and Dorothy have is beyond special, something that comes along once in a lifetime, and begins with Twelve Hours In Paradise…but can it survive the trials of the real world?
“You came,” he said.
“Now…” He took my hand in his. “Now, we go have an adventure.”
His hand was warm and smooth. Mine was clammy, and not just from the elevator ride.
“I don’t have a lot of time,” I said, wondering if I’d just made a very bad decision.
“An adventure doesn’t require a lot of time,” he reassured me. “All it requires is your total commitment.”
“All right.” Slender palm trees lined the sidewalk. Their fronds rustled in the breeze. Tiny, white lights spiraled up and down their trunks. “I’m committed, I guess.”
“There can be no guessing once you’re committed.” He laughed. “Are you committed to having an adventure or not?”
“Okay, I’m committed to having an adventure.”
“Then let’s begin, shall we?”
He gently released my hand, which was a little disappointing but also made me relax a bit. It wasn’t like we were boyfriend and girlfriend; I didn’t even know him. And I did have the totally unreasonable fear my father would pop out of a store and catch me with a strange boy on the street at night. That would be bad enough. At least I wasn’t holding his hand.
But I wouldn’t have minded.
My arm brushed up against his. He smelled like coconut oil.
“Are you allowed to go out at night by yourself?” I asked.
“Oh no. We have a strict curfew and have to check in with our chaperone when we’re back in our room for the night.”
“So you snuck out too?”
He sighed. “Until we’re eighteen we’re at the mercy of adults. Adults who might have no better sense of what’s best for us then we do ourselves.”
“When do you turn eighteen?”
“Two months. Just in time to retain my sanity. And you?”
“One year and…three and a half months.”
“A junior then? I thought I detected an air of innocence about you.”
“Innocence? Give me a break.” I laughed without any passion.
Kathryn Berla graduated from the University of California at Berkeley as an English major. She has lived in many different countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.