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- ISBN-10 : 1472219651
- ISBN-13 : 978-1472219657
- Dimensions : 5.12 x 0.79 x 7.76 inches
- Item Weight : 9.3 ounces
- Language: : English
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Okay, rant over, let me talk about the rest of the book. I loved the banter, the way the heroine, Keri Ann, tended to be bitchy when nervous. Jack, on the other hand, was not as lovely. He had his moments and they were really good moments. But, and this is a big but, he had a weak core - his character, what made him a person - and that was nearly unforgivable.
This book really broke some hardcore romance book rules. HEA or HFN. BIG rule - broken. No cheating - BIG rule broken (kinda). Look, I'm a masochist so I'm going to buy the next book right this minute and read it. Why? Because this was half a story. Maybe, just maybe I would have rated this different if it didn't do so many things which made me, as the reader, angry.
As an aside from the plot, the writing is very, very good and does an excellent job of imagery and evoking emotion (obviously as my reaction shows).
I don't see this advertised as YA but that is how it reads. I give Ms Boyd credit for capturing the obsessiveness of a young woman's first love - I still vaguely remember being like that myself at 22 but for a much older reader this is just boring, eye rolling stuff. I might have given this more stars on the basis that it is reasonably well written and I'm just the wrong age demographic for it yet I find I can't because this doesn't meet the central premise of a romance - an enduring connection between h & H which a reader can believe in. The lack of real development of why the MC's fall for each other makes this quite weak. The heroine seems to largely be star struck and the hero's motivation appears to be that the heroine is beautiful, conveniently there at a low point in his life and a normal girl. That's just not enough motivation on either side to sustain a romance.
So my advice would be if you are well over 30 this story may not gel for you.
A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose.
A great premise for a romance book.
I liked the idea of a movie star falling for a regular, normal woman ( though I wouldn’t mind reading books where the women are the ones with great wealth and power).
The differences between Keri Ann and Jack are apparent from the start and I was looking forward to seeing how their story unfolds.
I liked Keri Ann's cool in dealing with Jack, being a fan of the star but still seeing the real man beneath.
I liked the insight in to celebrity life: many celebrity couples are together as a PR stunt and nothing more.
The differences between Jack and Keri Ann, the contract Jack signed that binds him to a shame of a relationship with a woman he has no feelings for. That and many more kept me reading.
I liked the friendship they developed that grew into something more.
The one thing that bothered me was the cliffhanger ending. I do believe the story could have been told in one (longer) book.
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Jack Eversea is a big Hollywood actor, living his life in the spotlight of LA. After he discovers his co- star girlfriend cheats on him he runs and hides out in Butlers Cove a small town where everyone knows everyone else. In that small town lives Keri- Ann an orphan who is yet to really start her life - she's waiting for something big to come along and that something big comes in the form of Hollywood hotshot Jack Eversea . She has sacrificed her dreams so her brother can chase his.
While reading this I tried to put myself in to Keri- Ann's shoes - Jack plays the hero in her favourite books, she wonders if her feelings are for Jack or the character she loves from the books. So it's like me falling for Rob Pattinson - totally surreal ! For once in her life Keri- Ann allows herself a moment of madness and falls for Jack but Hollywood comes knocking forcing the pair apart. Where's this doesn't end on a cliffhanger it does leaving you wanting to know more. So I'm glad I kinda waited so I can now dive straight into book 2 Forever Jack !
Jack Eversea is a movie star who has fled his life in Los Angeles after his long term girlfriend cheated on him, and is looking for some time alone, away from the limelight. You just want him to be real! He’s swoon-worthy, sweet, and good-looking but has that softer, vulnerable side that makes you want to keep him and take care of him. What he doesn’t expect on his trip is to meet Keri-Ann. She has put her life on hold while looking after her brother when her parents died. Instead of pursuing her dreams, she has made sure that her brother is living his dreams and she is such a selfless and generous person all around. Jack is drawn to Keri-Ann because she is someone who sees him as a person, someone with their own problems and not as the object that so many others see him as. The romance between these two is a wonderful blend of steamy and sweet and is given the chance to build and grow as the book progresses.
I completely fell in love with this book and its characters, and Natasha Boyd’s writing has the ability to leave me thinking about it days after. I was hooked to this series and loved every twist and turn and revelation in them. Once you read this book, you won’t hesitate to buy the next one and see where their story leads as this one ends on a not so happily-ever-after. Will they sort out their problems and have their happily ever after? You need to read Forever Jack for the conclusion!
This book was okay, it was nice and well written, however it didn't get the full 5stars because
1. Keri-Ann annoyed me at the start, she was rude and very immature.
2. There was no chemistry between the two characters. Yes, Keri Ann likes Jack, we find this out quick early in the book, however Jack's feelings started when? There was no build up, no evidence of his feelings until he tries to kiss Keri Ann.
I did get this book for free, would I buy it?? Hmm maybe... If it was half price haha!
Yeah, Jack Eversea... I kinda love you.
Its a 4 due to the ending...well...its not an ending, it ended pretty much on a TBC and I was like, 'Nooooooooooo' because I needed some form of character reconnection and I didn't get it and won't bloody get it until book two! Gah!
okay... this isnt my review, this is my book residual hangover musings. ;)
Full review to follow....
Book Review: Eversea (Eversea, #1) - Natasha Boyd
Eversea is the start of a compelling and heart-warming journey of how a Lowcountry girl from South Carolina, captures the heart of an A-List Hollywood superstar, when he takes a three week hiatus away from the glitz and `fake' glamour of LA. It's a story of self-discovery, of taking a step back and remembering the things that truly matter.
I take my literary proverbial hat off to Natasha Boyd; she has delivered one hell of a page-turner! Written in first person with Keri Ann providing the voice, she has taken a far-fetched idea, the fantasy, and gave it plausibility. It felt authentic as I felt myself connecting with both, Jack and Keri Ann almost immediately.
Keri Ann Butler is an orphan. Her parents tragically killed in a road accident, all that remained was her Nana and her Brother Joey, as they spend the rest of their young lives growing up in their large family manor home in the small town of Butler Cove.
Now, with their Nana gone and Joey at med school, Keri Ann is left alone to renovate the house while working as a waitress. With a handful of Butler Cove friends, including one best friend, Jazz, Keri Ann's life seems to have come to a monotonous standstill.
Jack Eversea is a Hollywood Superstar, but when the tabloids and gossip magazines catch wind of his Girlfriend's indiscretions, his only refuge and means of escape is to a beach house in the sleepy town of Butler Cove.
Late one night he wonders into the local restaurant and orders a burger, but when he hears two girls gossiping about the `latest' Hollywood news, he turns to leave. There is only one problem, he's hungry and he can't exactly wonder into the local supermarket without getting mobbed. He is totally out of his comfort zone, with no friends, no protection, with no-one knowing of his true whereabouts, he wants to remain anonymous for as long as possible, but in order to do so, he needs help!
Keri Ann offers him the Burger that he paid for when she spots him outside, but almost faints when she realises it's no other than Jack Eversea himself!
"I certainly didn't need to check the tabloid magazine Jazz had been reading, which definitely did not do him justice, to know that standing in front of me, Keri Ann Butler, outside the Snapper Grill in Butler Cover, population nine thousand, and hundreds of miles away from his expected location in Hollywood, was none other than Jack Eversea."
Taking it upon herself to help him, they fast become friends when Jack offers to help her renovate the family home, if she promises to deliver all the bare essentials.
Keri Ann is young, an innocent, but not naïve enough to know that being in close proximity to this God-like creature was going to have a profound affect on her heart. He is only staying for three weeks, so with this realisation, Keri Ann decides to keep a distance, even though the pull they both feel towards each other goes against her decision at every turn.
Eventually it gets too much, and when Jack starts showing an interest beyond the trade-for-services friendship they have going on, Keri Ann feels herself being consumed by Jack the man, and not the actor as she finally starts to disconnect the two.
"You don't see me as a famous person, but just as a person."
Surprised, I said quietly, "You are just a person."
Just as Jack and Keri Ann resume a passionate, yet stunningly beautiful love affair, things are brewing back in LA. With Jack's disappearance, Audrey Lane - Jack's girlfriend, wants him back and will go at any length to make her dream a reality....
When I say that parts of this book are stunningly beautiful, I MEAN IT! It's been a while since a book has really captivated me when it comes to `first' love scenes. I can truly reel off about 4, possibly 5 books that rendered me into a puddle, and Eversea is one of them! My Tummy Flutter richter-scale went OFF THE CHART!
This book, although starts off strong, does steer off a little around 20% for it then to pick up around the 50% mark. It became a slow build with sexual tension that could choke a horse, but by 75% you are swooning and sighing and grinning like a total idiot.
But of course, things have to change as both worlds collide. Enter the ex as she storms up trouble, or rather - drop a bombshell of epic proportions, and the whole vibe of this story completely changes.
The ending has a little cliffhanger, but it's not overly frustrating because you know its going to be continued in book two, and I get the impression it will start where it left off... well, lets hope so!
I need more Jack and Keri Ann and I can't wait for the sequel because I will definitely be continuing with this series.
I recommend this to fans of Love Unscripted by Tina Reber.
I hate to criticise authors at all, because as a voracious reader my life would be so much less without their brilliance and toil and I don't think I have the right to criticise something I couldn't do myself, but personally I really need a beautiful ending to make a story complete and I was feeling a bit "Oh, ok is that it?".
However please do not let my ending issues put you off trying this one out because as us readers know it takes all sorts to make a world and this may be perfect for you and I wouldn't want to do Natasha Boyd a disservice by putting you off a good book.