Meet Xiomara Davenport, CEO of Jewel Beach Resort in Akilina.
How do you feel about your story finally being told?
I’ve always been a private person—you have to be when you’re living on a small island—and I don’t appreciate folks knowing my business, passing judgement, and criticizing me when they don’t know the complete story. Also, I’ve been hurt before, so I was skeptical about putting it all out there in the public. I mean, what if it didn’t work out? What if I fell in love with him and got my heart broken again? I was scared, but when I realized that my story wasn’t something I could run away from, I took a deep breath and plunged into it.
What was the most difficult part of your journey to HEA?
I had to get past being hurt two times—letting go of the anger and humiliation, but most importantly the way I saw myself as a woman. I had allowed what my exes thought of me, and said to and about me, to become my truth. It was difficult because I had to revisit those moments of pain and humiliation and find a way to let them go.
What is your favorite part about living in Akilina?
The beautiful landscape. No matter where you turn, nature smiles at you through rivers, lakes, cascading waterfalls, rolling mountains, and lush valleys. We have the Caribbean Sea on one side, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, and warm weather all year long. It’s truly paradise. I can’t imagine living anywhere else!
What was your first impression of Raph?
He was the hottest piece of eye-candy I had ever seen. His voice shook me to my core and his sexy green eyes made it damn near impossible for me to focus on anything but him! He had this confident and compelling presence about him, but also an air of isolation, like he didn’t want anyone to get too close. I later understood why.
When did you know that you could trust Raph?
I started trusting him when I saw how he was with my little sister and brother. He was so attentive, and he cared that they felt comfortable around him, especially my teenage sister. But I knew for sure when he told me exactly what he wanted from me. He wasn’t a pretender.
What do you find most attractive about Raph?
Physically, I love his hands. They’re large and strong. It was hard to keep from imagining them all over me, but the real thing was way better than any of my fantasies…. Reader, you have been warned, lol. But Raph is also gentle, intelligent, patient, and funny. He says the craziest things at the most unexpected times. He makes me laugh.
What does the future hold in store for you?
I’d say that the future is bright. I’m more determined than ever to put Jewel Beach Resort at the top of everyone’s vacation bucket list. Akilina has so much to offer, and I want to share my island’s beauty, history, and culture with the world while I share my life with the man of my dreams.
Read Raph’s interview, and their journey to happily-ever-after in Seduced by Passion