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That April in Santa Monica (Love is a Beach # 1)

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Madison receives acclaim for running a talent agency for people with disabilities, but she doesn't know how to take care of herself. When her altruism becomes life-threatening—a matter of either develop healthy habits or die—she joins a reality TV show that pairs her with hot, raven-haired Brandon. He is witty, sexy, and her teacher. That makes him off limits.

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Kindle Edition, 362 pages
Published October 23rd 2019 by The Wild Rose Press
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Amanda Hupe
"This book somehow manages to make readers think about getting up and going for a nice jog along the beach."

Check out my full review at:

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InD'tale Magazine
This book somehow manages to make readers think about getting up and going for a nice jog along the beach.

Read full review in the 2019 December issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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N.N. Light
Rare is the romance that challenges the reader like this book did. In the end I was so thrilled by the book, I can't believe I was lucky enough to read it. The author has a gift for creating characters with almost never before seen depth. Take the lead character Maddie. For at least the first 30 or 40% of the book, I felt the best solution for her problems would be for her to drive off the Santa Monica Pier and keep the pedal pushed down. Then, like a caterpillar that turns into a Monarch butter ...more
Coastie  Mom
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Nebula Castelino
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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"That April in Santa Monica" by Melody DeBlois is a breath of fresh air. The book follows the journey of workaholic Madison, who has to make some serious lifestyle changes. Her path crosses with Brandon, an established teacher in Yoga who helps people take charge of their health. Both characters are well developed with flaws that instantly made them very relatable. The slow build-up of their chemistry and their growth is well written and heartfelt. Their flashbacks that reflect the past are seam ...more
Mariel
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
It’s taken me a few days to write a review for this story, I wanted to mull it over and see if I found myself thinking back on it. I feel ready to review now, after realising it hadn’t cropped up in my mind since reading.

The story is based around a workaholic whose life is spiralling out of control, and a reality tv show host who is trying to help her focus on her health and well-being. The story focuses on the workaholic’s recovery and her developing relationship with the tv guru.

Set in LA, the
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Rosie
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Getting this book from voracious readers only.com, I wasn’t sure what to think. Getting into the book was a little rough but it did actually enhance the experience because I think I got into the book as Madison was able to embrace wellness. I will have to say that Brandon really felt 2D in spite of having a background and even narrating part of the story. Seeing his internal struggle honestly just reassured the readers that the romance would work out, and I don’t think we see much doubt because ...more
Kat Henry
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well-drawn, multi-layered characters, interspersed with the lush setting of SoCal, this is a story of two people in desperate need of redemption and self-forgiveness.
Madison Gray is courting serious, potentially fatal, health issues if she doesn't make more than a few changes in her life-style. TV guru Brandon Kennedy is just the man to help her do it.
If it weren't for those pesky TV cameras intruding into every corner of their lives and the budding attraction.
Highly recommend this book.
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Pauline
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting. I thought the writing flowed well and the characters were great. It was a story of someone who retransformed their health for the better and I found myself inspired by the story and googling Ayurvedic health tips. I hoped Maddie and Brandon would end up together as it was beautiful that he fell in love with her from the start. Lots of insightful proverbs and thwarted deep seated fears. Great story.
I received a complimentary copy of the book
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Helen
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The storyline of Madison's self growth thru the help of Guru Brandon was so well told. I liked that even though there was a love story it was not the main focus of the book. The love she found in herself was most important and the fact that Brandon also grew because of their relationship made the story that more relatable. I loved that the ending was not rushed into the perfect happy ever after. Looking forward to reading more from Melody DeBlois. I received this book free fro ...more
Sandra Larson
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters and following the relationship.
Noreen Bennett
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Very slow to start but eventually got into it and really enjoyed it.
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
This was a fun, sweet book full of good times and love… and not just between our H/h.

Madison was an interesting, realistic character. Honestly, she reminded me a little of me: driven, fueled by caffeine, seldom slowing down to relax and consider life. This catches up to her as the story opens, and we meet her as she’s slowly coming to after fainting. Her rescuer is guru Brandon, there to try to talk her into slowing down before she kills herself.

Through a series of events, Madison (Maddie) is co
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Vicky
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Madison is an interesting, realistic character who, like many, is driven, fueled by caffeine and junk food. She seldom slows down to relax. Her “always on” lifestyle catches up to her and we meet her as she’s slowly coming to after fainting. Her rescuer is guru Brandon, there to try to talk her into changing her life before she kills herself.

Scared by her prognosis, she agrees to take part in Brandon’s reality show and become his next student project. But the rules don’t fit with her life. No ju
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Lisa Wilkes
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Madison is a quirky and compelling main character. Although wildly successful in her career, she's on a clear path to self-destruction. Her physical health and interpersonal relationships are rapidly disintegrating. After much resistance (and several hilariously snarky comments), Madison begins to see the value in clean, mindful living. In front of a full camera crew, she transforms every aspect of her life, from her exercise habits to her food choices to her perception of those around her. Madi ...more
paula ketelsen
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved April in Santa Monica

I just finished this book in 2 days. It was an amazing read and really held my interest. The author is very good at describing the characters and keeps your interest. Can't wait for her next book I will be recommending it to my friends. 💖💕
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Born in California, award winning author, Melody DeBlois follows the sun. When she isn’t swimming laps, she’s writing sweet and sassy romances. Her heroines are self-reliant and smart and her heroes are kind by nature and love dogs. She lives in California during the summer and spends winters in Arizona with her husband. She has plotted her novels while hiking the beach or trekking across the dese ...more

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