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Julia Mendoza is driven by the success of her business. Since her husband Carlos passed away at such a young age, her business By Design is her number one priority. In her late twenties she works too hard and doesn’t take time out for fun. Annoyance with a pesky ex-friend has her begging one of the local surfer’s with a cheeky smile in the grocery store to pretend he’s her boyfriend. Suddenly, life takes a sudden detour from her business plan; much to the delight of her boisterous Latin American family. Christophe Augustine is groomed to take over his father’s successful chain of luxurious hotels. With a wealthy French-American background, Chris has been given privileges that not many have. He works hard, plays harder but seeks approval and recognition above all else. Family is a top priority for him as he fights for custody of his young brother. His parent’s divorce has not diminished his faith in romance. When a gorgeous Latino woman changes one boring morning into an interesting game of role play, though reluctant to help at first, he soon realises she’s not like the string of other women he’s known. A romantic first date ending dramatically doesn’t stop Chris from wanting to know Julia more. And for Julia, she’s all for a bit of fun but when things get too serious she’s running the other way. Too alike, in some ways and complete opposites, in other ways, Julia and Chris fumble through fun moments, annoying confrontations, passionate times and heartbreaking revelations. Love has no boundaries when soul-mates meet but when one is ready to love and the other one isn’t….
Julia Mendoza has a stalker. And there’s only one way to get rid of someone like that–get a perfect stranger to pretend to be her boyfriend, of course. And Christophe Augustine is about as perfect as they come–wealthy, handsome, and loving. Julia couldn’t have picked a better pretend boyfriend. Until she finds herself working for the wonderful Chris. And he finds himself wanting more than just a work relationship.
Recently widowed, Julia is not ready to take the love plunge again–if ever. But she finds Chris as irresistible as he finds her. Life doesn’t always give a break to those who deserve it, and outside forces pull at their newly formed relationship.
As a romance writer, I would have loved to have seen this book written with a little more focus on their relationship, feelings, and all the other things that make love great. And though this book is a good read, there were times when I felt like I was standing outside the action watching through a sheet of glass instead of living it with Julia. Told in third person, there just didn’t seem to be enough emotion in the character’s pov to let me into their mind. And there was so much I wanted to know. The dance scene, the surfing scene, the love scene… Or maybe that’s the romance writer coming out again.
Despite my wishlist for this book, Mad About the Boy is a great novel to add to your upcoming summer reading list. Heartwarming, fun, and a little on the sexy side, it’s perfect for those sunshiny days headed our way.
Suzan Battah is a proud Australian born author who has loved to write since her teenage years. In 2011 she published her first novel a contemporary multicultural romance – Mad About the Boy. In her spare time she weaves magical tales to entertain. Suzan writes YA Fiction – Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance, Regency Romance and Contemporary Romance. Other fun things you can find her doing is training at the gym and Latin/Ballroom dancing. Suzan is afraid of heights, loves most things that are sweet, has no clue about fashion and one day hopes to speak Spanish fluently. Her second novel a YA Urban Fantasy Adventure – BaSatai: Outside In will be released on the 14th of April 2012.
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