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Publisher: Self-Published on May 10, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Power. Money. Control. Love.
He has all but one.
When movie star, Evan Carlson, discovers his girlfriend’s picture with another man splashed on the cover of gossip magazines, he decides he’s had enough of his fishbowl life and attempts to outrun the media frenzy his relationships have become. Driving until the road stops, he ends up on the remote and quaint Perry Island, where a heartthrob can blend in like the locals and be a beach bum as long as he wants. All that changes when Evan meets Haven Owen, aspiring songwriter and the girl he just can’t get enough of. A summer romance turns into something much deeper and Evan gets tangled in his own web of lies to keep Haven in his life. But when his ex tracks him down, Evan learns there are some things you just can’t outrun.
Is the cost of love, losing all control?
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
When athlete turned actor Evan Carlson’s girlfriend cheats on him, and the media pounces, he hits the road. And when the road ends, he hits the ferry, ending up in the Outer Banks, where life is calm, and the locals don’t give him a second glance. But his solitary retreat takes an unexpected turn when he finds himself applying for job at the local grocery and working side by side with the owner’s lovely daughter. It’s a different world than the studio lights of L.A., but it’s everything — she‘s everything — he’s always wanted.
Evan’s selfish, cheating, only-interested-in-fame ex (because there’s always one where actor romances are concerned) wants to rope him into some new movie role… based on a book… of a rather erotic nature. And it’s called Red Lines. It’s sounds rather like a reference to MoTU/FSoG, but what I can’t figure out is if the author chose that title as a play on the color thing or because someone’s been reading Twific long enough to remember The Red Line.
Is it weird that I was initially drawn in by the way the title is set on the cover? Smart use of space and fonts. Yeah, I’m exactly that nerdy.
So we’ve all read romances that have someone super-famous falling in love with a no-name, maybe hiding out from the press and disillusioned with fame. But what I loved about this one, what really set it apart for me, is that Haven didn’t have a clue that “Jay” was really Evan, and the setting actually made that bit believable.
Evan’s not your typical romance novel actor. He was an athlete first, and he later parlayed that into an acting career. So in that sense, he’s not cut out for nor attached to the glamorous Hollywood life. That’s not to say he’s not successful or hasn’t enjoyed himself, but he’s still a pretty regular guy who was more into sports than photo shoots, and it makes sense that the ugly side of fame would have him running for the hills — or the beach in this case.
Haven is your typical small town girl, only her small town is a small island. They get their summer tourists, but aside from those seasonal visitors, the outside world doesn’t encroach on her life too much. And that’s something she’s not really thrilled about. Yes, there’s television, and various magazines line the checkout stand, but life in a tiny tourist town is laid back, and since no one really expects a famous actor to show up, no one’s really paying attention when one actually does.
Haven and Evan are just about perfect together. It’s not insta-love, though there’s certainly attraction, and she’s not some wallflower pining for the perfect man to whisk her away. In fact, she’s been very recently involved with someone there, and it’s the fallout from that not-so-great decision that opens the door for Evan. And for his part, Evan isn’t some unbelievably perfect guy. He says the wrong things, wallows in his misery for a while upon arrival, and then moves way too fast with Haven when they let their mutual attraction get the best of them. But they slow things down, form a better friendship on which to base things, and then when the opportunity presents itself, the chemistry is off the charts.
Of course, Evan’s true identity is eventually exposed, and Haven’s left reeling by the unexpected reality of things. But the way it plays out (despite the rather cliche ex of his) is surprisingly believable, with Haven reacting exactly as any woman who’s been lied to would. When I grabbed this book, I hadn’t even read the synopsis; I just remembered how much I loved one of Foster’s previous books, and I hoped this one would be a winner as well. Lucky me, I chanced upon a story that took what’s been a romance standard and made it something entirely new, and I absolutely loved it!