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- Print Length: 64 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Exile Publishing (April 16, 2018)
- Publication Date: April 16, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07B8K4S1B
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Her husband, Tony (AKA The Kraken) helps out with plot wrangling and is in charge of caffeine distribution. In previous lives, Tony worked all over the world as a petroleum engineer. He found the oil industry to be far stranger than fiction.
Together, George and Tony have lived in a bunch of countries including Australia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, and Scotland. In the past, they've stayed in a Yurt in the Scottish Highlands, scoured desert souks for souvenirs, swam in the Aegean sea, snoozed on beaches in Thailand and fraternized with Orangutans in the Bornean jungle. And wherever they go, they're always on the lookout for wonderful local food and to have a chat with anyone who has a few free hours to spare.
When not writing warm and funny contemporary romance together, George and Tony can currently be found roaming random Australian country towns, continuing in their never-ending quest for the perfect scone.
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Cal Greyson, successful TV actor currently in slight decline, is reasonably likeable but superficially sketched. However, the heroine, her mother, grandmother and, especially, her sister Brooke are just annoying and not particularly funny. I’m having trouble finding comic books that are genuinely amusing. Wearing vintage outfits in clashing colours, doing stupid things, and then binge-eating to get over the embarrassment are not reason enough to make me laugh.
She has this ritual she does every 4th of July. Madeline sits on the beach, writes & waits for her fantasy man Cal to run by.
Cal is an actor but his acting career has taken a down turn. His character was killed off a popular TV show in a super embarrassing way where he was the lead actor. Now he's a laughing stock.
Cal & Madeline both went to school together. They both had crushes on each other. Cal finally built up the gumption to ask Madeline to prom & she agreed but then cancelled at the last minute. Madeline told her family that Cal stood her up but in reality she didn't think the fantasy of Cal would be as good as the real Cal. She didn't want to ruin her fantasy man illusion.
Now, Madeline & her whole quirky family of female members, Grandma, Mom, Sister & Niece are waiting for Cal to run down the beach. Cal & his Father use to run the beach every year together but his Dad recently passed away.
When Cal does, Madeline's family plans to give him a piece of their mind & totally humiliate him. This leads to an interesting run in for the two former schoolmates with crushes.
There's not a lot of lead in to their lusty ways, no actual descriptive sex scenes or really that feeling of chemistry between the two main characters. It's alluded too but you don't feel it yourself. I wish there was more there but this was a good, passable romance book. Even if at times I found it too shallow with no real depth.
Everyone in the story - including Petunia the pug - had their moment in the sun, and it was done, too, without detracting from the main storyline of grown-up Cal and Madeline meeting again after a teenage prom date that went wrong.
As i was reading, i kept worrying how this short story could possibly progress with all the necessary romance requirements that were needed to move it along - what about date nights, deep rekindling of a past crush, the family getting in the way, tv star Cal's job ...? I feared all that sort of stuff would be jammed in emotionlessly , just for speed's sake. But all's well that ends well. The writer fixed my worries. A pleasant read.
Sensuality: Rated R
Language: moderate to high
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Great start to a new series... reading California Dreaming now...
Are you on the hunt for a quick read that will make you smile? This fits the bill. I reckon it will take you about half an hour, an hour tops if you have kids you gotta feed or some other interruption, and you'll be done with Cal and Madeline, and you'll feel like you just had a roll in the hay with a cowboy what's still got the straw 'tween his teeth.
It's that kinda fun-time story. Except set in beachside Hollywood Hills instead of a haystack.
Madeline and Cal bump into each other on Madeline's birthday, as Cal is taking his traditional jog on Independence Day, and Madeline is making another 'self improvement' list. A bit like what you or I might do on New Year's Eve, but Madeline does it on her birthday and at the beach.
We learn that this is a reunion romance of sorts - Madeline and Cal are old school buddies and there is a bit of sensitivity over a mix-up on Prom night over a certain someone who failed to show.
This is a hook-up about 15 years later when Cal's daytime TV career is on the slide, thanks to a snake bite in a sensitive spot.
As mentioned - the story is really short and there's not too much time for getting these two together - so Cal and Madeline arrive at Madeline's house in about two minutes flat, meeting Petunia the pug, meeting the fam-bam, and Cal gets to cook a steak. (No, that's not a euphemism, but it does give me my favourite line in the story and I'll share it with you. You're welcome.)
"Yeah. Alright." Cal took the spatula and stepped up to the grill, nudging the onions and flipping a steak straight away because he was a man, this was a barbecue grill, and he had to assert his dominance over it."
So grab yourself some Evie Snow - the pseudonym for the very talented multi-published Georgina Penney - and have a chuckle while you're waiting for kids' swimming, piano, math tutoring, or footy lessons to be over; or just because it's fun and you deserve it.
I have to say, I did pick this book from Amazon just because I came across the cover and loved the pin up girl style of it.
And what was inside it was cute and lovely, and though it was only a novella, and novellas usually feel rushed and everything insta, I did not feel this was with this one.
Beautiful characters, fun surroundings, well rounded out characters and development for a short read.
I really enjoyed it, and went straight to one-click the first full length story in the series.