by Noelle Adams
Publication Date: May 30, 2014
Synopsis: For five years, Leah has been known as the fame whore who screwed Kevin Grayson, son of Hollywood royalty, as a step up the ladder to stardom and then maliciously exposed footage of their most intimate moments to the world. Only Leah knows Kevin is the guilty one, using the public sympathy to advance his career and breaking her heart in the process.
Leah isn’t naïve anymore. She’s given up on romance, and she’ll do whatever necessary to prove she hasn’t been defeated. So when she needs another shot of notoriety to ensure the success of her new restaurant, at the same time Kevin needs some PR help of his own, she agrees to a crazy plan.
She can fake a two-week romantic vacation with Kevin, pretending to rekindle their relationship for the eyes of the world. And she can resist Kevin’s breathtaking sexiness, even in such close quarters. And she absolutely won’t fall for any of his lies.
Even when they start to sound like the truth...
Review: Kevin and Leah's story starts almost five years ago, when they were on a trip in the French Riviera with their significant others. Leah seems to be the first authentic person that Kevin has come across in a while, as he was born and raised in the LA/Hollywood lifestyle. You see pretty quickly that they have a connection, even though they are both with different people. The story then fast forwards to the present when you realize that Kevin betrayed Leah in the worst way possible - he taped some of their most intimate moments and then sold them to help his career, all while blaming it on Leah and making her look like the bad person.
Leah survives, however, and somehow manages to thrive. She buys out the coffee shop she had been working at and builds it up off of the fame and notoriety of her own shame and heartbreak. I think the only word that really describes Leah is survival. She has been surviving for the past several years, even since Kevin betrayed her and sold out their most intimate moments to the paparazzi. But wait - when did the two of them get together?
I really enjoyed this book...it jumps back and forth between the past and present, but it flows very well. The time jumps happen at just the right times. You see how Kevin and Leah were able to build on a relationship, even though they started out as friends. You see them go through heartbreak and betrayal, as Kevin always believes that there will be a crash after any "high", and Leah believes in love to the point of maybe being too naive. Will the two of them be able to figure out what happened all those years ago? Who betrayed whom?
About the Author: Noelle hand wrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.
She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.