Title: Forgotten Paradise
Author: Shira Anthony
Narrator: Andrew McFerrin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press/Dreamspun Desires
Run Time: 5 hours and 49 minutes
At a Glance: This is a good buy for those who enjoy romance with a tad of suspense and a bit of fun. Like all romances, the HEA is inevitable, but getting there is the point and the fun here.
Reviewed By: Mike
Blurb: It’s dangerous diving for secrets.
When a megacompany 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?
Review: Adam Preston is on vacation, for the first time in a very long time, after rescuing the family business from doom following the death of his beloved father. When he goes to get away from it all, Adam meets sexy, charming dive master, Jonah. Between dives, Adam finds a connection growing between himself and Jonah. Back at home, Adam’s brother is pressuring him to sell the family business; his sister, who is his partner and staunchest supporter, has just announced she’s pregnant; and his mother seems aloof and is a happily retired widow far from her family. Then, there’s the threat of a hostile takeover of the family business that may make Adam a virtual slave to the takeover company.
Jonah seems to be a man without a care or a past, which is exactly his problem—he cannot remember anything before the day he washed up on an island beach. When who he really is comes crashing back, and he and Adam return to the realities of the world, they both face challenges that neither thought they would ever face together.
Forgotten Paradise is a true romance novel: some things are totally believable and others are the stuff of sheer fantasy. In this case, both are handled well and are translated really well by Andrew McFerrin. The quiet attraction that develops between Adam and Jonah is well told. The obstacles they face are not insurmountable, nor are they so oppressive you can’t believe the outcome. Lovers of romance will enjoy this book. The narration follows the tone of the book nicely, and there are no bumps or mistakes. It is smooth, clean, and even throughout, lean and above average, and when the big reveals happen, they are well paced and well acted.
Dreamspinner has given us a nice addition to the their Dreamspun Desires series. Those who have been following the house line will find this book and this narration enjoyable and easy to follow. This is a good buy for those who enjoy romance with a tad of suspense and a bit of fun. Like all romances, the HEA is inevitable, but getting there is the point and the fun here.
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