Investment banker Jonathan Davis has spent the last ten months renovating his Italian villa and getting over a nasty divorce from his supermodel wife. As a favor to a friend, he escorts Olivia Chapman to a medieval festival and can’t help but fall for the gorgeous woman. When he discovers she’s a model, however, his innate sense of risk analysis tells him to bail. Then his ex-wife abandons his previously unknown daughter at his door, and it’s Olivia who steps in to help. But does Jonathan dare capitalize on his desire and venture his heart again?
Olivia Chapman has hidden her ugly childhood scars under the glamour of her modeling career. She thinks her pretty face is her only asset, until she discovers a talent for motherhood when a frightened toddler literally arrives on the doorstep. Olivia can’t bear to see another child go unloved. But caring for Hannah means staying with Jonathan, a man she finds almost impossible to resist.
When a big surprise leaves both Olivia and Jonathan reeling, their mutual attraction could end up destroying their futures … or healing the past once and for all.
A former world wanderer, Alexia Adams writes contemporary romance stories that reflect her love of exotic destinations and diverse characters and cultures. She currently lives near Vancouver, Canada with her husband and four children and dreams of a world without housework. As a flight risk mom, romance is her escape and she can often be found with her nose in a book, pretending she’s somewhere else. Check out her website: http://alexia-adams.com to sign up for her newsletter for a monthly escape plan and visit her blog on inspirational destinations.
It took me a few days to read this book, and I think it was because in the first few pages of the story the characters are already wanting to rip each other's clothes off and that was after one look. I'm all for a little heat, but I prefer a slow build, or I at least don't want it thrown at me at the very beginning. This is totally a personal preference and in no way affects the author's writing. I did enjoy the couple, and the relationship does start to show that it's actually going to be a slow simmer and not premature explosion. Jonathan and Olivia were likable characters that you wanted to see get together and get their happily ever after. After my initial hesitation, the story grabbed my attention and the story line moved quickly. I enjoy Alexia's writing and if you're a fan of the shorter, more compact romances, her books are perfect. Steamy-ness is moderate.
This was a really, sweet interracial romance. Unlike a lot of erotic interracial romances, the main characters didn't fall into bed within days of meeting. Nor was there a unplanned pregnancy. As a matter of fact there was no sex for over 80% of the book. This was a pleasant surprise and change of pace.
Olivia and Jonathan were well developed characters for a fairly short romance. You got to know Olivia a little better than Jonathan. Her backstory was more developed than Jonathan's. They both had baggage they carried that prevented them from giving each other a real chance at love. Once Jonathan's ex-wife surprised him with an 18 month old daughter, Hannah, his and Olivia relationship took a completely different path.
Olivia immediately fell in love with Hannah because she had been unwanted as a child and was determined that Hannah would never know that feeling. Jonathan was in shock that his ex-wife had kept a child from him for that length of time until she tired of Hannah. As terrible as it was for Hannah to be dumped by her mother, it was the best thing that could have happened to her.
The majority of the book deals with them taking care of Hannah and both falling in love with Hannah and each other. Their love for Hannah was apparent while they fought against their attraction for each other. Olivia put her modeling career on hold to help take care of Hannah. Jonathan refused to give in to his attraction because his ex was a model and gave him hell for the five years they were together. He vowed to never have another relationship with a model. Olivia knew of his contempt for models but she was determined to help with Hannah. They both told themselves it was all about Hannah.
I love a book when I learn a new fact. I never knew that Ella Fitzgerald sang At Last. I thought Etta James first sang it and Beyonce sang it at one of the Obama's inaugural balls. I thought the author has made an error in the name of the singer. Before pointing out the mistake, I googled who had sang At Last. Lo and Behold, Ella Fitzgerald sang it before Etta James. How interesting.
Olivia's friends and Jonathan's family recognized that they were both in love with each other before either would admit it. After a few miscues, they had their HEA.
The book didn't have the sizzle and spark I was hoping for. The main characters didn't leap of the page even a smidge, this would have been ok if it had turned into a fluffy and easy read, but I just couldn't get into it, and with so many fab books out there thought it was best to return this.
I laughed and giggled, I got choked up and teary, I held my breath on some painful pages... Fabulous story, believable characters, an excellent premise - I was hooked on getting to the end to cheer Olivia & Jonathan on to their happy-ever-after!! All of Ms Adams' stories are so amazing - this one put me through the wringer to the end. Whew! Highly recommended!!
Well, I wrote it, of course I love it. I especially love Olivia and how strong she is, not willing to give up her dreams yet at the same time she's compassionate and supportive. And Jonathan is well, he's yum. Think of Simon Baker when you read the book. Cheers!
This is was a progressing love story. The characters let their fears control them instead of talking to one another. In the end they finally realized to have the love you want you have to put in work. :-)