A romance novel set in Palm Beach. You better believe this is the way to my heart!
What’s it About?
Interior designer Carrie Newman could not have envisioned a more perfect life for herself. She had a great job doing what she loved, wonderful friends, and a close relationship with her sister and brother-in-law. Add in an amazing man who she’d hoped would soon become her husband, and her life was perfect. Until one devastating decision ruins her relationship and changes the course of her life.
Determined to make a new start, Carrie leaves Texas and heads to Palm Beach to pick up the pieces of her shattered and broken life. The last thing she expects is to find herself attracted to her first client at her new job—Brad Larson, who has proven himself time and time again to be cad.
But there’s something beneath the surface of Brad’s arrogant exterior that keeps her craving more of him—something almost sweet that Carrie can’t seem to resist. Is Carrie ready to take another chance on romance? And will this new design of her life prove to be the right one…?
First impressions are everything. At least, this is a motto that I happen to agree with. I’m not gonna lie, the first impression I got when introduced to Carrie wasn’t the best, and it took me a while to overcome. The novel begins with her boyfriend of six years presenting her with an expensive pair of diamond earrings. Yes, she was rightly expecting an engagement ring, but she was also disappointed that the studs weren’t her favorite cut of diamond, and nothing like her favorite pair of earrings.
Combine this with the fact that she and her boyfriend call each other “love” and I immediately thought these would be two spoiled people who color coordinated their evening wear. Carrie does remain pretty materialistic throughout the majority of the book, but over time we learn that she is also passionate about her career, driven to succeed, and understands the importance of family.
Another First Impression
Well, that’s my first impression of Carrie. How about Brad? Upon first meeting he’s rather sloshed, and sleazily hits on the new-to-town Carrie. Definitely not off to the best start. When sober though? He’s all kinds of debonair dapper. Seductively cool. Throw in the fact that they have obvious sexual chemistry, and oh yeah baby, we can all see where this is going. Carrie tries her hardest to resist, but there’s only so many times the guy can answer his door wearing pants and no shirt before you just have to give in.
Topped Off with Drama
The need for drama in a romance novel is almost as necessary as breathing. There are several different employable methods when it comes to introducing romance drama, from stalkers to tragic illness, shady family members and the clashing of drastically different lifestyles. This novel employed a dramatic theme which isn’t really my favorite: the misunderstanding.
When presented with this misunderstanding, our lead characters always have 2 different avenues they can take. Either the one character will storm away without any chance for the other to explain, or the opportunity to explain arises, but the accused will experience an untimely instance of cat-got-your-tongue. When Brad catches Carrie in an intimate embrace with her ex-boyfriend, Roger, she dissolves into tears instead of providing a rather simple explanation to what was going on. Personally, I find it pretty frustrating, but hey! Gotta have a little drama in there somehow!
*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*
Series: Single stand-alone.
Should you read it? Although slightly predictable, it’s kind of an uplifting tale of how you can move on with your life after hitting what seems to be the ultimate low point. With determination, you can find something even better.
Smut Level: We have some fabulously descriptive foreplay going on here. Hell, I don’t even care though! The man makes lobster eggs benedict the morning after sex. Yes please!
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $0.99 Kindle Price. Chick Lit Goddess, LLC. 183 Pages.