Title: Sleeping Beauty
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Author: Elle Lothlorien
Publisher: Self published Amazon Digital
Sexy Rating: 5 (not explicit)
Description from amazon.com:
Sure, Claire Beau thought about sleeping with her doctor. With his moss green eyes and sexy petulance, neurologist Brendan Charmant is definitely worth fantasizing about. But she didn’t actually do it…did she?
In this tale of “While You Were Sleeping” meets “50 First Dates,” Claire knows she should be able to answer this simple question, but she has no idea. What she’s sure of: She met Dr. Charmant for an appointment one day and woke up at home six weeks later to find that they are in the middle of a whirlwind love affair, a claim bolstered by her brother, their friends, and the weeks of steamy emails and text messages they’ve exchanged. But to Claire he’s just the arrogant doctor with only a passing interest in finding a diagnosis for her debilitating symptoms.
Claire Beau is afflicted with “Sleeping Beauty Syndrome,” a mysterious disorder that causes her to sleep for days at a time, and black out for entire weeks. Dr. Brendan Charmant might have given her the best night (or two, or three) of her life, but she has no memory of ever seeing him out of his white coat. Still, she can’t help finding herself more than willing to fall for him (again). After all, doesn’t every girl deserve a Prince Charming? And waking up comes with other perks, including a plum starring movie role that appears poised to catapult her to fame.
Sure, she knows that her best friend, the hot, blond surfer, Davin Wibbens, thinks she deserves better. Still she’s crushed when he abandons their friendship over her decision to continue dating Brendan. But when Brendan’s arrested for a crime against her that she can’t recall, and Davin disappears and is feared dead–all in a matter of days–Claire realizes that sometimes the best way to make your dreams come true might be to just stay asleep. So why is she risking everything to save them all from this waking nightmare?
I read this book in one long sitting. I started after I got my car hooked up to the battery charger and made a cup of coffee. Then I could not put this book down. I do like books that are well researched and Ms Lothlorian has given me plenty of background in the sleeping sickness that affected our heroine. She also gives terrific information about the “Surfer Dude” culture of Southern California. The story is told for the most part in dialog with a hang on to your seat courtroom scene. Personally I would like more in the sexy scenes. They always felt a bit unsatisfying. The suspense was well done. This was a good story and a very good read.
I’m not crazy about the cover of this book. It gives the impression that this is a humorous, chick-lit book and it is not.