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….
About The Author:
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.
Wowza! Suzan Battah’s debut novel is absolutely FANTABULOUS!!!!! This is a book that gripped me from the beginning with it’s sweet, funny start, and kept me hooked until the very last page with all it’s twists and turns. The characters were full of complex issues yet they were perfect for the story line.
I loved Julia’s character. I got a little perturbed at her here and there as she kept Christophe “The Augustine Boy” Augustine at a distance. I understand her feelings of not wanting to get close again after loosing her husband…her best friend since they were in high school….at an early age. The fear of loving again can be strong and overbearing, but Chris’ character was so amazingly sexy and sweet that Julia needed to open her eyes before she lost a good thing!!! I had fun laughing with her, and getting scared but I wanted to shake her a few times and say “wake up,doll”!
Chris. WOW. What a totally handsomely hunky surfie, Augustine Hotel owner. Now THAT is man to drool over just reading about him, and all his good qualities. When he lay eyes on Julia the first time, he can’t get over her, even plays along with her charade to avoid a crazy ex-friend stalker. With the twists and turns that follow you can’t help but fall in love with Chris over and over….and over again!
This story of second chances and soulmates is absolutely AWESOME! For a debut novel, Suzan Battah has captured the essence of a masterful author in one shot. This is most definitely another greatastic favorite and high on my 5 Book worthy recommendation list. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Battah has in store for new fans! And a forever fan am I! What are you waiting for???!!! GO GRAB YOUR COPY NOW!!!