Authors: Chelle Bliss & Meredith Wild
Publisher: Waterhouse Press, Sept. 2017
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Fresh off a divorce from a Hollywood hotshot, Madison Atwood needs an escape. With the paparazzi fresh on her heels and her love life splashed on every tabloid, she runs away to a swanky retreat in Northern California. Avalon Springs is the mountainside haven she needs to find herself again.
Luke Dawson lives off the grid, preferring solitude to society. When he finds a beautiful woman soaking in the hot springs on his property, he can’t stop himself from watching her. She captures his attention, but she’s just a city girl—a beautiful distraction disturbing the peace he’s settled here to find.
When Madison discovers Luke’s secluded cabin, he can’t turn her away again. They make no promises. Madison needs to feel wanted again, and Luke misses the touch of a woman. But when mother nature has other plans, they’re forced to spend more than a night of passion together. Can Luke say goodbye to the only woman who’s made him feel anything in years, and can Madison leave behind the man who brought her back to life?
Let me start by giving a huge THANK YOU to the authors for the opportunity to review the book! I was hooked before I even knew what the book was about because of the man they used to promote the book and the muse for Luke, Brock O'Hurn. I've been a fan of his for a while in terms of his ability to motivate people to better themselves, as well as his amazing physique. (I'd be lying if I said that wasn't a factor, but he's personally supported a friend of mine and he's an inspiration.)
Now that the formalities are out of the way....this book is a really fun read. The characters are relatable and likable in their own right, but together, they are a potent combination. Luke is a loner, having isolated himself after experiencing too much in the military and Madison is alone after being too much in the public eye. She's hiding from her ex and the media, he's hiding from the demons chasing him every time he closes his eyes, and they are a matched set when they come together. Their chemistry is off the charts from the moment they meet, though Madison is a bit more "exposed" than she would have liked upon meeting him for the first time.
They frustrate each other. They turn each other on both mentally and physically. They comfort each other and offer a soft place to land. However, they are both stubborn, which could mean their story ends before they even really have a chance to begin. Some of the story was a bit predictable, but it didn't detract from the story or the characters in any way.
Lots of laughs, some tears, and a whole lot of awww moments....not to mention the steamy, scorch-the-pages moments as well. Great read! Powerful combination of authors! These authors alone are fantastic, but together they are a force.