Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Random Review: Forgotten Paradise by Shira Anthony #Review #Giveaway

Author: Shira Anthony
Book: Forgotten Paradise
Series: Dreamspun Desires #32
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Publication date: April 15, 2017
Length: 238 pages

Reviewed by Morningstar


It’s dangerous diving for secrets.

When a mega company threatens to take over his family-owned business, programming prodigy Adam Preston escapes the stress with a much-needed vacation in the Dominican Republic. There he meets attractive, intelligent, insightful Jonah James, a scuba dive instructor, and what starts as a holiday fling soon blossoms into much more.

But Jonah has a secret: ten years ago he woke up on an island beach with no idea how he got there… or even who he is. Their paradise may not be as perfect as it seems. When Jonah’s memories come crashing back like waves on the sand, will it be Adam clinging to the proverbial life raft, or will the two men find a safe harbor to ride out the storm?

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Wouldn’t we all want to get a second-chance? To make things right, to be who we felt inside, to let go of the bad letting in the good?

This is a story of not just one second-chance but two. Jonah woke up on a beach ten years prior with no memory of who he was and a sense of dread if he ever found out. Jonah made a life for himself on the beach and in the ocean, one that he was content with. Then Adam came along and somehow that contentment turned to happy. Until one night it all changes. Sometimes remembering the past isn’t such a good thing.

Adam lost his beloved father, grew the company that he had built bringing it to heights his father never could. But now a big company wants to force a sale and his brother, Roger, is standing in opposition of their father's legacy.

Things are not always what they seem on the surface. People’s actions and reasons are never as clear cut as we like them. This story had that concept locked down in so many ways. From Jonah to Adam to Roger to Phil. Each one had reasons for what they want and the actions they take to get it. I loved how the story was both sweet & sexy and intense & sad. I easily felt the connection between the two main characters, wanting them to find their happy together. I was held at the edge of my seat as to who Jonah had once been. It wasn’t a great mystery since the author had dropped clues but Jonah’s and Adam’s reactions to the news was what counted the most.

I love Karen and Katherine, Adam’s sister and mother, were fun characters that made me laugh and they really had Adam’s back even when he was faltering. I wasn’t sure how “bad” Phil was as I was reading. He was unclear but I felt that was intentional and I loved how the author used that character to help further Jonah’s storyline.

I could go on and on about the little things that really tied this story together but overall it was a great fun read with wonderful writing that sucked me into the world these men lived in.


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