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Carson Stinger is a straight male porn performer. He's in Vegas for a convention where he literally runs into Grace Hamilton in the lobby of the hotel where they are both staying. Grace is about as rigid and straight-laced as a person can be. She's a law student who has a plan, and when I say plan I mean she must write things down in pen so she can't deviate from them ever. She thinks he's gorgeous until she sees his nametag "Carson Stinger, straight male performer" and knows that he's with the porn convention. Sure, she's being horribly judgmental, but can you blame her? I don't know many women who would go for a porn star, no matter how hot he is. Anyway, they are thrown together in what turns out to be a very fortunately unfortunate situation and realize they have more in common than one would assume, not to mention sizzling physical chemistry. They decide to spend the weekend together, and in doing so, are irrevocably changed.
Carson is one of the best male characters I have had the pleasure to get to know in a long time. He's had a hard life, but manages to be very grounded and self-effacing (thanks Granny!). He's hilarious as well, which is always a winner. And he's sexy as hell. Really can't go wrong with that. Grace is also a very endearing character. She's driven and also has a quick wit and vulnerability about her that draws you in. What I found genuinely wonderful about reading this book is that in the journey these two take over the course of a five year period, they change in ways while they are apart that bring them closer together. The book has an underlying message to it about life that is quite beautiful. Life is messy, life is complicated, life is ugly, life will let you down as much as it lifts you up, life is unpredictable, life is unfair, life is lovely. Life is wild.
It's also rare for me to read about a relationship in a book that has so many realistic elements to it. The ease between Carson and Grace is something that echoes in real life relationships, and I really connected with that. Not to mention, the writing style and plot development make it difficult to put the book down. This is one of those books for which I ignored everything going on around me (sorry kids! Sorry husband!) in order to finish...I literally could not stop reading it until I finished it. As I said, it really took me someplace I didn't expect, and I can't imagine you will meet anyone who reads this book that can give it less than a stellar review. It's just that good.
Grace is very dependable, and she is studying in college to become a corporate lawyer. Grace is young, beautiful, and since her mother died when she was young, her main purpose in life was to strive to make her dad proud of her. She has gone to a Lawyer Convention in Las Vegas, when we meet her in the book. Grace has a plan for her whole life, and how it will be; until she meets Carson Stinger.
Carson Stinger is also at the hotel Grace checked into and he is there for a convention also-An Adult Entertainment Industry Convention, and his attendance is wanted as he is a male actor in porn movies. He has no plan in his life, he does not worry about what anyone thinks and he lives his life day by day. Carso is stunned when Grace runs into him accidentally and he feels a strange connection to her-as does she to him.
Can two people from two very different walks of life actually ever be able to be together? Read this book ad find out. I loved how they met, what it takes for them actually to find each other again a few years later and so much has changed. Mia Sheridan has a way with words that keep you thinking about all of her books long after you have read them.
I gave this book 5 evocative stars, because like me, I think you will be thinking about this book long after you read it!
5 Stars - (Reread 10/29/2016)
Overall Opinion: I really enjoyed re-reading this! But as some of the things came back to me, I realized that knowing what was going to happen took away some of the emotion for me. Don't get me wrong! I still loved it. I don't have anything that stands out as an issue for me, so this will stay at my original 5 stars and on my favorites shelf -- but it just lost that emotional connection that you get when you read a book for the first time (hopefully that makes sense). I think the whole porn star aspect will make lots of readers shy away from this story, but I truly feel like that's a shame -- because the H was sooo much more than just a porn star. Ms. Sheridan is one of my favorite authors because she often takes couples that have some type of odds against them and has them find their HEA regardless. I love it! I think it's definitely one of my absolute favorite second-chance romances out there :)
**See Goodreads.com/NMmomof4 for my full review with spoilers**
Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Grace and Carson's story. They meet one weekend in Las Vegas when Grace is at a convention for law students and Carson is at a convention for porn stars. Their first few encounters are not that pleasant, but when they find themselves stuck in an elevator together they find that there is more to the other than their first impressions would suggest. They spend a hot weekend together, and develop some strong feelings pretty quickly. But the reality about their circumstances is too much to come up with a solution on how they can stay together, and they part ways. 5 years later, they reunite unexpectedly and their worlds are turned upside down. There are some personal and career issues, some sexy and sweet times, and also some suspenseful moments...but they do get a HEA ending.
POV: This alternated between Grace and Carson's POV.
Overall Pace of Story: Good. I never skimmed, and I thought it flowed well.
Instalove: Kind of. They develop some strong feelings in a weekend. It wasn't the kind that was annoying to me, as I felt that it was believable.
H rating: 5 stars. Carson. I loved him. He was damaged from his past, and really lost when he first met Grace. I LOVE how he wanted to become a better man for her before pursuing her again -- and he did it!!
h rating: 4 stars. Grace. I liked her. She had a crummy childhood where she had to act as a parent to her sisters, so she became someone that needed to have everything planned out. I loved how she allowed herself to let go of that persona when she was with Carson.
Sadness level: Low/moderate. I didn't cry when I read it this time, but I do remember crying the first go-round.
Heat level: Moderate. They have some hot chemistry and scenes, but not so much it takes away from the story.
Descriptive sex: Yes.
OW/OM drama: A little
Sex scene with OW or OM: Not really
Closure: This had great closure with a jump ahead epilogue and a HEA.
How I got it: I paid $0.99 on Amazon for it back in 2013 (but it's on KU right now!)
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