Thursday, June 22, 2017

Vanishing Act by A.M. Madden

In this captivating standalone romance from the USA Today bestselling author of Stone Walls, Hollywood’s hottest actor meets his dream woman: a free spirit who has no idea who he is.

After personal heartbreak and professional setbacks, Landon Price is running on empty. If he doesn’t take a break from the public eye soon, he’ll risk becoming another cautionary tale in a town that’s full of them. So in between film projects, Landon asks his agent to clear his schedule and then he simply... vanishes. Renting a discreet home on a remote Hawaiian beach for the summer, Landon begins to recharge. And in the process of finding himself, he meets a beautiful, feisty local who challenges everything he thinks he knows.

Zara Jobert has no interest in being a conquest for a cocky playboy from the mainland—even one with undeniable charisma and movie-star good looks. So she’s pleasantly surprised when the handsome newcomer’s persistent advances mellow into cozy banter and a sneakily seductive intimacy. When Landon reveals his true identity, Zara’s hurt that he lied, but she doesn’t care that he’s famous. Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same way. And falling for Landon might come with a heartbreaking choice—between Zara’s old life, and a new love.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 stars

This is pure romantic fantasy fluff. When the world’s most famous movie star finally has enough, he hides himself away on a tiny Hawaiian island where he meets a local girl and her adorable dog.

Landon Price is a perfect romantic hero – he’s handsome, rich, and famous. Beneath the surface, he is a loyal and often lonely family man who is secretly grieving the loss of his brother. Too good to be true, he ticks all the fantasy man boxes and then some.

Zara isn’t quite as interesting. She doesn’t recognise Landon because the island she lives on has very little access to 21st century entertainment. We know she is beautiful and that family issues have made it difficult for her to chase her dreams off island. Besides a deeper understanding of her family troubles, I’m not sure we ever see anything deeper from Zara.

The relationship between Landon and Zara is predictable and sweet. The Pretty Woman moments after the identity reveal are fun but for me, the angst and conflict once their relationship is discovered made the rest of the story really drag.

This is light and superficial entertainment meant for poolside reading with a cocktail in hand. I enjoyed it in the spirit it was intended even though I had to force myself not to think too hard or question too much.

3.5 Stars

Landon Price is the hottest actor in Hollywood, but he is in need of a break. So he is taking a vacation and not telling anyone where he is going. When the plane lands on a small secluded island in Hawaii, Lance White is ready to relax. A little R&R is just what he needs and no one seems to know who he is. After a few days, a small white fluffy dog shows up at his bungalow and he is instantly attached to him and calls him "Spike." When Lance finally meets Spike's owner, the sparks fly.

Zara Jobert is living in her own little world on a small Hawaiian island. She still lives at home but is ready to be on her own, she is 23 after all, but her father is overprotective and will fight to keep her close. When she meets Lance, she can't believe the attraction she feels for him.

What happens when Zara finds out who Lance really is? Can she handle his fame? Will Landon/Lance give up Zara to keep his career?

I loved the idea of this story, but it seemed to drag along and I had to push myself to read through the slow parts. I am looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.

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M/F Romance
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This was a very romantic, Pretty Woman type story. Famous actor needs break, hides away on an island and meets a local girl. Local girl is SO local that she doesn't recognize the heart throb.

Zara is such a sheltered woman that I actually found her to be hard to believe. Yes, while I understood that her family had tragedy in their life, what teenager/early 20-year-old isn't somehow connected to social media or the outside world?

Then you have Landon Price (aka Lance). He was more believable in his story of wanting to just get away from everything. He also has suffered a tragic loss and feels somewhat responsible. While he's trying to figure out what he wants from his life, he meets Marshmallow (aka Spike). From there, he has an ally when it comes to Zara.

I actually found Marshmallow (aka Spike) to be the most endearing character in this story. He is what brought the couple together and kept them coming back.

Overall, this is a sweet story with very predictable twists and turns. It's an easy read for a day when you don't want to have to think of anything but romance.

This is a really good story – not a new concept, but really interesting take on it. That said, I did have a few struggles with this author's writing style. There is too much introspection and inner voice, by both the male and female lead. I am fine with a little, after all, that is inevitable, but pages of uncertainty make for a frustrated me. As I say I think the story is good, hence I kept reading, as I was invested enough to want to know how it could be resolved. Some of the issues were a little odd, like the constant fear of being targeted after 15 years, a regime change, and 1000s of miles distance – but I let it pass, for dramatic effect.

If you like a lot of inner debate and monologue, then this is definitely for you. If not, well the story is worth a read, and there is a good mix of romance, sex, and fun.

USA Today bestselling author A.M. Madden is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels, and now an author. A self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good romance book.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Vanishing Act by A.M. Madden to read and review.

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