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4.7 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
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*** 2015 Watty Winner ***
"Don't miss this one about a Sun God and a woman coming to terms with who she is." -- NYT bestselling author Kim Karr
"This was this author's FIRST published novel? WOW. I am absolutely blown away by her talent!" -- Bestselling author K.L. Kreig
"Fair warning: be prepared to knock someone off your automatic must read list to make room for Leslie McAdam. Don't say I didn't tell you!" -- Delta at The Romance Reviews
"I think I found my new book boyfriend" -- Amazon Reviewer
"funny, witty, captivating, freeing ... a beautiful and real story" -- Amazon Reviewer
"This is one of those feel good, sexy, meaningful, profound, page turning, heartwarming books... This is NOT just the sexiest and hottest romance you'll read; it's one of the most meaningful." -- Amazon Reviewer
"a perfect blend of heart, humor and sensuality" -- Catherine Bibby, Rochelle's Reviews

About the Author

Leslie McAdam is a California girl who loves romance, Little Dude, and well-defined abs. She lives in a drafty old farmhouse on a small orange tree farm in Southern California with her husband and two small children. Leslie always encourages her kids to be themselves - even if it means letting her daughter wear leopard print from head to toe. An avid reader from a young age, she will always trade watching TV for reading a book, unless it's Top Gear. Or football. Leslie is employed by day but spends her nights writing about the men you fantasize about. She's unapologetically sarcastic and notoriously terrible at comma placement. Always up for a laugh, Leslie tries to see humor in all things. When she's not in the writing cave you'll find her fangirling over Beck, camping with her family, or mixing up oil paints to depict her love of outdoors on canvas. www.lesliemcadamauthor.com
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Product Details

  • Series: Giving You ...
  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Leslie McAdam (February 21, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692645195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692645192
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,193,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Where to start with this absolutely fantastic book? Fantastic cover? Check. Realistic heroine? Check. Amazing hero? Check. Romance? Check. Life lessons? Check.

Since I've already listed the things I loved about this book, I'm going to go more in depth about them.

First of all, the cover. I think I can safely say that it needs no explanation. It is simply gorgeous. It is eye catching and you just want to stare at it all day. Plus it also piques your interest enough to stop ogling it and actually read the book. So...yeah. He he :).

Now...let's talk about Amelia. While I have not experienced anything remotely close to what she has, I could still empathize with her. She is a remarkable lady who exemplifies what it means to be strong: getting back up when life knocks you down. It doesn't matter how long you're down...so long as you eventually get up. And this IS Amelia. I LOVED reading about her journey and how she came to love herself. I love that she didn't try to fix herself (when she obviously couldn't) but sought help - which is another characteristic of a strong person. Her journey was filled with ups and downs, but she always came out swinging. Another thing I LOVED about her was that she owned up to her faults - yet another reason why she's an amazing and strong heroine. Perhaps, what I LOVED best about her (shallow, I know) was the fact that we had similar thought and speech processes/patterns. I don’t think I’ve come across this in books (at least not recently) and was very happy to have this.

Now...let's talk about Ryan. To sum him up in a nutshell...he's just a regular good guy who works hard, but also play hard. And by that I mean that he has a healthy work-life balance. He was a perfect complement to Amelia. I LOVED that he gave her space to be.
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This is a 5-star debut novel from author Leslie McAdam, full of poetry, humor and hope. It's the story of Amelia, who overcomes depression and a devastating personal tragedy through her own confidence and inner strength. But don't let the words "depression" and "tragedy" steer you away, because that's the heroine's past. Her present is the good times, the part where she meets surfer/coffee shop owner and sex God Ryan, who rocks her world on its axis and lets her see the stars in the sky for the first time in a very long time.

McAdam's writing style is confident, fluent and skilled, and she writes about everyday emotions and experiences in a fresh way that makes you say, "Yes! That's how it is! Yes, she gets what it's like to be human."

Consider a line like this: "Time passed. People grew old and died. Planets were born from stardust," about how she feels time stop when first looking into his eyes.

Or this one, on chasing an orgasm: "I'd a better change at getting an orgasm in the NARS aisle of Sephora. There, an "orgasm" was a certainty, after I handed over my credit card for an overpriced powdered blush, in a pinky-peach color, called ORGASM."

Or this amazing one: "Ollivander got me a special wand." (When she texts someone a picture of her new vibrator!)

The writing is clever and good, and the story keeps you interested the whole way through. McAdam doesn't need to resort to crazy plot twists and deus ex machina assists; she lets her writing be the guide to take you through a fantastic story about people who could be your friends. The sex is hot but not porny, and will make you yearn for a Ryan of your own. I don't know if ee cummings read romance novels, but I guarantee he'd like this one. It will put the sun, the moon and all the stars in your eyes.

I can't wait to read more from McAdam. I recommend this book - read it! You won't be disappointed.
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Don't you love when you read a book and you immediately "get" a character? Not just relate, but identify with them. As you read their inner dialogue you nod your head, snark in agreement, and ultimately decide that the author knows you and they have written it specifically for you. If it's not you it's someone you know, or you will meet them.
Leslie McAdam doesn't know you, but she does know Amelia and she writes her beautifully. If you love sarcasm and use it in your everyday life you will love Amelia's banter. She also has filter issues. She's intelligent, successful, but when she meets a hot surfer that filter erodes and her personal barriers and rules are threatened. Rules...more on that later.
So, hot surfer boy (complete with manmeat), Ryan Kyle Fielding.
Mmmhmm. Do you like coffee? He works at a shop, makes great coffee, wears an apron.
Do you like sun kissed locks of hair and long, lean surfer abs? He has those, makes mouths water, has pouty kissable lips.
You should already be pre-ordering based on hot surfer, Ryan.
If you need more substance, it's there. Truly, a heartwarming love story that develops between a patient, but determined man and a scarred woman limited by her own boundaries. The Sun and the Moon is also a story of, maybe not complete recovery, but a story of rediscovery. Amelia's issues are challenged by Ryan. I think that's a perfect indication of love for Amelia, being challenged to feel, to experience. He makes her boundaries less rational and replaces hope and love for the safety felt behind her emotional prison bars.
Leslie McAdam has a 100% 5 Star debut (hard to believe it's her first). You can read her characters, see her characters, and feel her characters. There's nothing forced and each bit of the plot reveals itself timely.
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