Jack Henry and Laurelyn had a three-month “relationship” (detailed in a previous novel) designed to be temporary – they didn’t even tell each other their real names. Jack Henry, a multimillionaire Australian vineyard owner, is tired of women using him for his money, not interested in marriage or children, and anonymity is his way of finding women who enjoy him for himself, temporarily. But their relationship went farther than either expected, and now that Laurelyn is back in America, both are heartbroken to be separated.
On the other hand, Laurelyn finds herself as lead female vocalist for a country music band, and her career is taking off. When Jack Henry tracks her down, finally sure that he wants her to marry him, will she choose to go back to Australia with him or stay in America with her newly-successful band and her fans? Is there a future for them, or will they wind up on separate continents?
This book is a reasonably pleasant example of the genre, a nice piece of light reading for those who like their light reading to be hot. It sizzles with erotic energy – the love scenes are dramatic, passionate, and frequent. Both main characters are likable people, and the reader ends up wishing them well. The minor characters are frequently amusing, adding humor and color to the romance, while the villains are entertainingly hissable. This will never be a Great Classic Novel of Modern Literature, but frankly, it’s probably a lot more fun to read than a lot of those.
The plot is a bit thin and could use some more substantial tension between the main characters – as it is, most of the tension comes from simple failure to communicate. After they find each other again (pretty early in the book), the conflicts between them that remain feel almost artificial. It’s fairly obvious throughout that if the hero and heroine would only talk honestly to each other about what they want, all their problems would quickly solve themselves (and indeed, eventually they do).
It might add some suspense and romantic tension if, for example, the heroine were actually torn for more than five minutes between her career in America and relocation to Australia to get married, or if the hero ever seriously considered giving up his career for her. As it is, the book feels like less of a torrid emotional romance per se than simply a great many (admittedly quite well-written) sex scenes loosely held together by a thin story thread. Granted, that’s probably exactly what many readers are looking for, and there’s no shame in that.
Reviewed by Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader