3.8 out of 5 Licks
After losing her husband to a sudden heart attack, Tess Mathews escapes to Bora Bora to lay her husband and sorrow to rest. What she doesn’t expect is a new beginning.
Tom Clemmins is an A-list actor whose life revolves around work and an onslaught of women. He travels to Bora Bora for a much-needed break. Tom has a few ideas of how he’ll enjoy his vacation, but love isn’t one of them. Until he sees Tess.
Reserving a private shark-feeding excursion to scatter her husband’s ashes into the lagoon, Tess is furious when Mr. Hollywood bribes his way onto the boat, leaving her no other choice but to share the boat ride.
Tess is torn between tremendous guilt and zealous lust when their boat ride turns into a week full of romance and desire neither thought imaginable. Utterly smitten with a woman for the first time in his life, Tom casts his commitment phobia aside and whisks Tess off to Malibu where he introduces her as his “girlfriend” on the red carpet. As the paparazzi besiege, can Tess survive the media blitz that ensues in order to find her second chance at love?
This book felt like a classic romance novel. It had all of the usual suspects, a couple which are meant for one another, an interesting location and a bit of struggle. The story is about a woman named Tess Mathews who loses her husband in her early 40’s. She flies to Bora Bora to spread his ashes. Through this process she meets Tom Clemmins a famous celebrity who takes an immediate interest in her. Tess now has to deal with the fact that she’s interested in someone less than two years after being widowed who’s well known for being a womanizer. She has a whopping amount of guilt and fear of what her children will think of her if she falls for this man. Ultimately, she takes the plunge. Turns out that our hero isn’t out to make her another notch in his already scored bedpost. After they choose to be together, they go through the regular growing pains of managing older children accepting a new man in their Mother’s life, his celebrity, his past affiliations with women, and her remaining guilt over the life she had with her dead husband.
I give the novel a 3.8 because it felt good. It was a comfortable read, there wasn’t much angst or tension to keep me up at night to find out what was next, but it held my interest. There was an unbelievable amount of smut, not erotic smut, but enough to be adult in nature. Overall it was an easy read that left you feeling good about love and life.
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