Title: No More Wasted Time
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Beverly Preston
Publisher: self published, CreateSpace
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
After losing her husband to a sudden heart attack, Tess Mathews escapes to Bora Bora to lay her husband and sorrow to rest. What she doesn’t expect is a new beginning.
Tom Clemmins is an A-list actor whose life revolves around work and an onslaught of women. He travels to Bora Bora for a much-needed break. Tom has a few ideas of how he’ll enjoy his vacation, but love isn’t one of them. Until he sees Tess.
Reserving a private shark-feeding excursion to scatter her husband’s ashes into the lagoon, Tess is furious when Mr. Hollywood bribes his way onto the boat, leaving her no other choice but to share the boat ride.
Tess is torn between tremendous guilt and zealous lust when their boat ride turns into a week full of romance and desire neither thought imaginable. Utterly smitten with a woman for the first time in his life, Tom casts his commitment phobia aside and whisks Tess off to Malibu where he introduces her as his “girlfriend” on the red carpet.
As the paparazzi besiege, can Tess survive the media blitz that ensues in order to find her second chance at love?
This book felt like a Lifetime movie, and if you like that, then maybe this book would appeal to you. Every character was over the top perfect physically and emotionally, and wealthy or very well off. Tess was 44 and had the physical attributes of a 20 year old. The emotions of a newly widowed woman and her grieving children seemed to me to be unrealistic. They should have had problems or hesitation with Tess becoming involved with a man. There was some initial “be carefuls” but no one was feeling remorse because of dear old Dad. Once Tess started her affair she couldn’t keep her hands off of Tom. She was insatiable. She went from middle class homemaker to red-carpet escort like she did this every day.
I can’t recommend because I just couldn’t get past the unreality of the whole book. I suppose there are those who can set aside disbelief for the sake of fantasy, I can when it is promoted as fantasy, but when it is supposed to be a story of modern times I just can’t wrap my head around it.
This author’s style and command of language was more than adequate and I hope she does more writing.