I happened across this lovely title by Sasha Summers, and, wow. It reads like a script…go figure!
This contemporary romance tracks the budding relationship between divorced, mother of two, Claire Foster, and Hollywood leading man, Josh Wiley.
Here’s how it goes: Claire visits LA for the premiere of her BFF, Shannon’s, first big movie. Shannon is a studio exec. On the red carpet Claire stumbles and is assisted by the gallant, several-years-younger-than-Claire, Josh. For a change, it’s the blockbuster actor who’s star struck!
Josh seeks out Claire during the afterparty, and woos her successfully. But Claire isn’t looking for more. She’s a mom, after all. And she’s dealing with her ex–a serial batterer who continues to invade her life begging for another chance.
That Josh is smitten, well, that’s pretty hard for solid, dependable Claire to believe. Oh how fun it is to watch Josh dig his heels in! Especially so because Claire’s teenage daughter finds Josh terribly attractive. And, the paparazzi are relentless.
Still, one transcontinental extended family holiday convinces Claire that Josh is in this for the long haul. Marriage, parenthood, the whole ball of chocolate. Unfortunately, Claire’s past kicks back with a vengeance nearly stealing her HEA…
Sometimes I’m tempted to call a book like this a fantasy–only because it’s such a happily ever after–but I’ll tell you I was so rooting for Claire to find love again! Her little family really needs to be whole again and the dynamic between Claire’s mother and Josh’s father makes a nice subplot that sets the stage for future story lines.
Sasha Summers ties up the loose ends here, with the second book drawing on accessory character stories–so no need to fear The Cliffhanger.
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