Author: Kimberley Montpetit
Series: Secret Billionaire Romance #6
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: March 8, 2019
Publisher: Spellbound Books
He has it all—except the girl who got away. She’s all about creating romance… except for herself.
Troy Thurlow let the girl of his dreams get away fourteen years ago, back when he was a high school football star. Now he’s a highly successful executive with a life most people only dream of. Still, he’s never stopped thinking about Jasmine, and wondering what would have happened if he’d ever had the courage to ask her on a date. When he meets her by chance on a New York business trip, he’s determined to take this second opportunity and run with it. That is, if his past doesn’t catch up with him first…
Jasmine Cervantes does “happily ever after” for a living, arranging dream-destination honeymoons for the fabulously rich and famous. But, so far, her own fairy-tale ending has eluded her. That is, until the boy she couldn’t stop dreaming about in high school barges unexpectedly into her office one day.
When the two start a whirlwind romance they begin to see that fate is giving them a helping hand. Until Jasmine ends up on Italy’s most romantic coast without him. Missing him desperately, she begins to believe that Troy is truly “the one.”
But he’s hiding something that could change everything… and will that buried secret steal their second chance at a happy ending?
Rating: Mild. Mild kissing.
** spoiler alert **
The descriptive imagery for the Italian part of this book was lovely. It made me want to hop on a plane and have a romantic getaway there. And all the better if I were a billionaire that could drop money at will to make things happen at my will.
Troy and Jasmine moved into their relationship really fast. Normally in a second chance romance that wouldn’t bother me but they never dated even when they were secretly crushing on each other. One dance, the last dance of the night. In HIGH SCHOOL! That was the closest they got. So they didn’t really have a relationship previously where they would have gotten to know one another. If I had been Jasmine’s mother I would have been totally freaked out about the sudden marriage. And I would believe that Troy was trying to cover for something to move that quickly. Maybe he was actually the controlling abusive type. That is the mama in me.
That being said, Troy was romantic and totally knew what to say to sweep Jasmine off her feet and she was totally willing to be swept. One could easily feel swoony about him. Except that I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. I knew things couldn’t go on so dreamily through the whole book or there would be no real conflict other than the annoying Ava. (And she was annoying.) We got a better idea about Jasmine’s personality and ability to control her temper from her dealing with the diva than anything else.
But back to the need for conflict. My mind was all over the place. Did he make his money doing something illegal? Had he been mixed up in drugs? Did he have an illegitimate child somewhere waiting to swoop in and try to get his money? Is someone going to kidnap her for ransom? Is something going to happen with the flirtatious photographer? Is he in the Mafia or part of an art theft ring? What could possibly cause this dream romance to derail for a while? So when it finally did derail my thought was “What? That is what is going to cause problems?”
I’ve never been in that position so maybe it would be upsetting to me but really? They haven’t seen each other in 14 years! Does she really think that there would be NO ONE else in his life all that time? Especially since they weren’t actually in a relationship in the first place? Totally unrealistic expectation. It should have been a non-thing from the beginning. When they were catching up he could have told her about the brief time and it would have been not a big thing. The only reason this should have been an issue is that he waited so long to tell her. She should have been mad about that and not that this would not be his first wedding or honeymoon. He got duped. Move on.
So that was my problem with the book. The whole conflict was a total blah to me. Luckily it was short lived and the story could move on but at that point I totally felt deflated and didn’t care anymore and I had to go down a star for that reason.
No sex, language or violence
*I received a complimentary copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.