Date Published: June 4th, 2013
*Both of these books are romance novels and contain adult situations. Please note that these are not YA books. Thanks!*
An orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt.
A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose.
A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever.
When his co-star and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her new director, A-list hottie, Jack Eversea, finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. Jack hopes the sultry southern heat in this tiny coastal Lowcountry town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend, but his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn’t count on meeting Keri Ann Butler.
Keri Ann has relied on herself so long, dealing with her family’s death and the responsibilities of keeping up her family’s historic mansion, that boys and certainly the meager offering of eligible boys in Butler Cove, have never figured into her equation. But fate has other plans. Suddenly face to face with the man who played the movie role of her favorite fictional character, Jack has Keri Ann yearning for everything she has previously avoided … and Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for, before his mistakes catch up to him.
Date Published: November 25th, 2013
Keri Ann Butler’s life changed on the night she met movie star, Jack Eversea. She thought she knew a Jack that was very different to the man adored by fans the world over. In the wake of his betrayal and abandonment, Keri Ann has had to pick up and move forward with the life she was supposed to live and has put off far too long.
Suddenly Jack is back, and his explanations for why he left seem more and more plausible, and his declarations more seductive. But being Jack’s latest tabloid accessory isn’t on Keri Ann’s career agenda, no matter how much she is attracted to him. And how can she can ever trust him again?
Jack knows he let the only ‘real’ thing that ever happened to him slip through his fingers. And his hands have been tied to try and stop it. Until now.
Jack is now fighting to save his relationship with Keri Ann, even as his crazy life threatens to tear them apart. Again. The question is, can he convince her she can have it all? And have him? Forever?
Normally, I try and steer away from most self-published books. It’s not that I don’t think there are some great authors out there going a non-traditional route, it’s just that I’ve been burned one too many times by really bad writing/editing. And I don’t have that much time to read anyway, so I just started staying away from books that were self-published. I started hearing a lot of buzz about this last year though and I was in the mood for a summer-time romance, just a light read that I could breeze through. So I grabbed Eversea for my kindle and I was pleasantly surprised by it.
Keri Ann (ugh the name – not one of my favorites) lives in a small town on the coast in South Carolina. She’s been working hard to keep their house, waiting tables at a diner down the street while her brother is in school to be a doctor. Since their parents died, it’s just been the two of them trying to make it work. You can tell the author knows this area of the country really well. There’s a lot of good imagery and I felt this was one of the strong points of these books.
The author immediately introduces us to Jack, a movie star who’s trying to escape his fame and his ex-girlfriend by hiding out in the little sea-side town. Now i’ll be honest. I’m a sucker for movie star books. Or books that deal with the side-effects of fame or fortune. So part of that was definitely an appeal for me for this book. Part of what was so intriguing about the characters was that Keri Ann knew Jack as a movie star, and has a pre-determined idea of what he’s like based on what the media has been saying about him for years. She also loved the movies that he was in, had read the books, etc. that they were based on (you get a strong Twilight implied reference from this). It was interesting to see them try to have a relationship, when Keri Ann feels so out of her league because she thinks Jack is a player who’s going to love and leave her.
The romance in this book is definitely hot. It builds up fairly quickly, and the books center around the relationship between Jack and Keri Ann. Jack is very much a swoon-worthy leading man. He’s gorgeous, thoughtful, and knows how to work with his hands, fixing up Keri Ann’s house to stay out of the public’s eye and spend time with her. Keri Ann becomes his unofficial assistant, running errands so that he can stay hidden.
Jack has a pretty horrible past, and the two of them make a lot of mistakes when it comes to communicating and trusting one another. The first book ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger, which I normally hate, but in this case it didn’t bother me since the next book was already out and I just read them back to back. If that’s a deal breaker for you though, be warned the first book will leave you hanging.
These books have some really good secondary characters, including Keri Ann’s best friend Jazz and her brother. They’re well-developed and do help the story out a lot. Part of what I really liked about the books was that Keri Ann saw the importance of being her own person. Faced with dating a really famous movie star, she was concerned about her wants and needs not being overshadowed by him. I thought that was refreshing, since I feel like a lot of the times, the girl in these kind of books gets swept away to be coddled and provided for without batting an eyelash.
The books weren’t perfect. Sometimes the writing came across as a little stilted, and I felt like some of the plot in the second book dragged along a little bit, but the characters really shone through and I didn’t want to put them down. Definitely pick them up if you’re looking for some hot romance and a fun, summer time read!