5 out of 5 stars
I loved taking a trip back to Paradise! From the very beginning, I was in love with Ben. He is definitely what I would describe as the perfect man. Second chance romances are my absolute #1 favorite trope ever. Sarah absolutely delivered, proving yet again why I love them so much.
Sami is a top notch model working for Cordova, who Ben doesn’t think is good enough for Sami because of the way they treat her. She absolutely loves her life though. Her and Ben are extremely happy and in love, planning a wedding. The next step is having children. When Sami gets devastating news from her doctor, she knows that she has to let go of Ben. It breaks her heart but she loves Ben so much that she doesn’t want to hold him back from the future he envisions. She also knows that the truth can’t be told because he will give up his dreams for her which she doesn’t want. She believes he deserves complete happiness that she can’t provide.
Ben is completely in love with Sami. She is his world. He would move heaven and earth for her. Do when she comes home one day and breaks their engagement in the meanest way possible, his heart is shredded. I wish I was there to console him because Ben is the most perfect male specimen ever! He doesn’t want to let go without a fight which makes what Sami has to say to him even worse because she knows he would compromise everything to be with her.
A few years later, Sami’s life is falling apart and her best friend is still in Paradise. She and Mannie road trip to Paradise to bring her home. She is in for a huge surprise when she finds that not only is her best friend happy there but Ben is living there as well. She is now in for the ride of her life because Ben is not letting her get away again. Thanks to Viv telling him the real reason Sam left him, Ben is determined to make her his forever.
Even if you haven’t read any of the other Paradise books, you can absolutely read this as a standalone. I do highly recommend you read the others at some point though because they are all 5 star reads. I can’t tell you enough how much I loved this book! ❤❤
Samantha “The Body” Dixon had once been a famous runway model who’d walked every catwalk from Paris to Milan and back again. When her career abruptly comes to a screeching halt, this leggy blonde sets out to prove she’s got a whole lot more to offer than just a pretty face and killer rack – especially when fate lands her back on her former fiancé’s radar.
Benjamin Atkins might have once been the most in demand photographer in the fashion industry, but times have changed, and he’d learned the hard way to value substance over style. Now, he’s built a new life doing what he loves in the beautiful town of Paradise, Tennessee. That is, until the woman he could never forget struts back into his life.
When these two ex-lovers reconnect after a bitter break-up, can they overcome their heartbreak and find a way back to their own personal paradise found?
Ben shrugged negligently. “Can’t help it. It’s a really great ass. Always has been,” he complimented her easily as he eyed her body appreciatively.
It ought to be, Sami thought wryly as her body heated under the weight of his stare. She’d certainly worked hard enough to maintain it over the years. For all the good it had done her, she thought bitterly. Even after all the dieting and exercising, she’d still lost her modeling contract to a younger, shinier version of herself. Of course, that wasn’t Ben’s fault and being a bitch to him now wouldn’t get her job back. “Thanks,” she muttered, “It’s not quite as perky as it once was, but I try to keep it in shape.
“Trust me, babe, your ass is as gorgeous as it ever was,” Ben assured her with a playful wink.
God, was she imagining things or was he actually flirting with her? Mentally giving herself a sound slap on the back of her head, Sami knew she couldn’t let her thoughts wander in that direction. She needed to cut this painfully familiar banter off now. “That doesn’t answer my other question, Ben . Why are you following me?” she questioned impatiently as she stopped in the middle of the sidewalk and turned to face him.
“I’m following you because I think you and I have some things to discuss,” he answered evenly. “In fact, we’re long overdue on having a chat, don’t you? It’s time we hash some things out between us.”
Automatically shaking her head, Sami backed up a step, wholly unprepared to go down that road with Ben. “Uh, I don’t think that’s a good idea, Ben. I think we said everything we had to say to each other three years ago, didn’t we?” she asked before turning and resuming her walk down the street.
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Sarah O’Rourke is actually TWO besties who live three states apart and write at all hours of the day and night! Born and raised in the Southern United States, they are overly attached to their one-click accounts, can’t make it through the day without copious doses of caffeine, and spend way too much time on the phone with each other.
Between them, they have four children and twenty-plus years of marriage…one to a retired super soldier and the other to egomaniac engineer. They hate empty chocolate wrappers and writer’s block, love to talk to readers…and oh, by the way, they write about strong, kick-ass women and hot alpha heroes!