Book Blurb :
Evie Sanchez is recovering from heartbreak by working at her parents’ Filipino restaurant when in walks Romeo Garcia, the boy she left behind. Only now, he’s a hot movie star surrounded by gorgeous actresses and adoring fans. Bad boy Romeo Garcia never understood why Evie stood him up at the prom. When he rescues her from a flying coconut in the dumpster, he is determined to dig into her heart for the reason. Their mutual attraction and unresolved feelings ignite in a scintillating night of daring sex, and Romeo shows Evie what she’ll miss the rest of her life if she walks away again. Evie lands a part as Romeo’s co-star and falls into her role, totally in love. He plays his part, too, with his romantic gestures and skillful lovemaking. But is the fantasy real or revenge? Evie and Romeo are about to discover if their buried feelings will explode in pure delight or utter disaster.
This book was unique. I confess that I don’t normally read books that maintain a first person point of view very often and some of the tense issues had me confounded a few times. Then again, I’m not one who has ever written in a sort of present tense manner so I’m not sure if any rules were broken in it or not. I will say that it was fascinating to read.
In fact, one of the strongest elements for this book is the multi-cultural aspect. I literally felt like I was experiencing a new culture. The language and the food all gathered together to help make this a truly entertaining and enlightening read.
I enjoyed Evie’s character, as well as Romeo’s. But I enjoyed the relationships within the family the most. These people were funny to watch as they reacted to different scenarios. Since it is a (very steamy) romance, the plot was fairly easy to anticipate. But then, romance is meant to break and then mend our hearts, so we know the girl gets the guy in the end.
It is, however, quite steamy. It may even be erotica, which isn’t something I normally read, but because I was enjoying the culture and the family on the page I was having fun anyway.
So! All in all, I would give this book 4 stars. There were some grammatical things I caught, but I catch those in big-name novels as well so I’m not going to dwell.
About the Author:
Rachelle Ayala was a software engineer until she discovered storytelling works better in fiction than real code. She enjoys writing love stories and has always lived in a multi-cultural environment. The tapestry of characters in her books reflect that diversity. She is an active member of online critique group, Critique Circle, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. Check out her four romantic novels. Michal’s Window is a powerful, emotional journey as lived through the eyes of Princess Michal, King David’s first wife. Broken Build is a story of healing where a man learns to love and trust the woman who destroyed his life. Hidden Under Her Heart is a heartfelt love story combined with controversy over difficult decisions, and Knowing Vera is a suspenseful, cross-cultural romance mixing an unsolved murder, adventure, and hot, steamy love scenes.
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