The Promise of Paradise
by Allie Boniface
Harvard grad Ashton Kirk is headed for a promising law career when scandal breaks apart her family. To escape, she changes her name and rents an apartment in the small town of Paradise, New Hampshire, where no one knows who she is.
Ash hopes for solitude, but all bets are off when Eddie West, the town’s most eligible bachelor, moves in downstairs. The sexy auto mechanic loves his women and his cars shiny, sleek, and fast, and when he meets his new housemate, he wastes no time getting friendly. But Eddie is nursing his own recent loss, and the last thing he wants to do is let someone new into his life or his heart.
Can two people from different worlds find common ground and a place to fall in love? Or will Ashton’s past and Eddie’s scars keep them apart just as summer heat brings them together? Is it possible to find your soul mate in the place you least expect?
“You okay?” Eddie glanced over his shoulder.
“Yeah. Just resting.” Ash reached for another chair, but this one sprung open when she touched it, and the next thing she knew, it had pinched her finger in its hinge. Hard.
“Ow! Dammit.” Yanking the finger free, she blinked back tears. “That hurt.” A blood blister welled up immediately, and she put it to her mouth to try and suck away the pain.
In an instant Eddie was there. He reached for her hand and held it under the weak light that shone out from the kitchen. “Ouch. That’s gonna sting for a while.”
He looked at her, concern in his eyes, and suddenly Ash knew she was in trouble. Big, huge, complicated trouble. She felt as if someone had pushed her out of a plane from about a million miles up, and in that moment on the roof, when Eddie held her hand in his, she fell and kept falling, past the point where she knew whether it was right or wrong, to some bottomless, buoyant space where all she wanted to do was stay in his gaze forever.
“Ash? You okay? You want some ice?”
God, she loved the way the words sounded in his mouth. She loved the way he took her nickname and made it sound like no one else ever had. Even the pinpricks of desire Colin had once stirred now seemed like long-dead embers.
“No, I think it’s—” She couldn’t finish the thought, not with his eyes on her like that. She wanted to pull her hand away, to run the finger under cold water and make the sting go away. But she couldn’t move. Eddie’s gaze traveled from her hand to her face, and in the next instant there was no more space between them: no floor, no rooftop, barely any air at all.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Allie Boniface is a small-town girl at heart who's traveled around the world and still finds that the magic and the mystery of small towns make them the best places to fall in love and find adventure. From the New England coast to Rocky Mountain hotels to tiny European bars, she's found more character and plot inspirations than she could ever count. Currently, she's lucky enough to live in New York's beautiful Hudson Valley with her own "Hometown Hero," a guy who can fix, build, drive, and grill anything and is the epitome of the strong and silent type.
When she isn't writing love stories, Allie is a full-time high school English teacher who gets a kick out of helping her teenagers negotiate the ups and downs of writing along with the ups and downs of life (because, really, she's still trying to do the same thing!). And while she'll continue to travel far and wide, Allie knows there's really nothing like coming back to the place where the people who have known you forever welcome you home with open arms.
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The first eye-catcher for this book was the cover. I know! We’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I absolutely love this one. The colors, the setting at the bottom (showing the isolated country) and the two main characters. Lovely!
Now, to the best part … the storyline. Ashton Kirk changes her name and hides out in a small town, Paradise. Why does she change her name? Her father, a big shot US Senator, finds himself in a huge scandal and then her long-time boyfriend breaks it off. Humiliated and needing to learn what she really wants, she decides to spend the summer figuring things out.
In steps Eddie, our sexy, hot, wounded hero. Eddie and Ash end up being roommates. They soon become good friends and of course, that leads to something more. Can their attraction stick? You’ll have to read to find out.
I’m a sucker for opposites attract stories and this one is no disappointment. Eddie is an auto-mechanic, small town “boy.” He’s also known as a ladies’ man. Ash, on the other hand, just graduated from Harvard, comes from a wealthy close family and believes in commitment. I loved how these two were drawn to each other since the beginning, even when they weren’t both ready for a relationship. The book allows the reader to grow with the MCs and realize that they are actually perfect for one another.
I enjoyed their relationships, with each other and with other secondary characters and the occasional twists and turns (the unexpected is always a great surprise). FOUR WINKS for The Promise of Paradise. I'll be reading more by Allie Boniface. Great read!
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