One week in Paris. One chance with her childhood crush. And one lie that could ruin it all.
Before she was Dr. Celeste London, Astrophysicist, she was Mary Celeste Haverford: dork, loser, the geek formerly known as Hairy Mary. But she’d left all that behind--and left Ion Blackwell behind, nothing but an unrequited crush and the memory of a high school field trip, a night in Paris, and the words Celeste never had the courage to say. She’d never expected to see him again…until a surprise encounter on a Parisian riverboat tour brings him back into her life, and gives her the opportunity to start over as someone new. Someone Ion doesn’t recognize, transformed from a social outcast into a polished, professional woman that Ion doesn’t realize is the girl he’s been longing for since childhood, the ideal he’s dreamed of his entire life.
Suddenly this vivacious (if charmingly awkward) “new” woman is teaching him that real love is better than any dream--but Celeste is hiding more than her identity. Hiding something that makes it hard to trust her increasingly erratic behavior, and her frequent secretive phone calls. When the truth comes out, the deception could shatter them both...unless they can give each other a second chance, and take a risk on love.
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worth 5+ stars!!
This was a sweet but sexy love story that was both funny and also heartbreaking at times. Cole McCade's ability to make the reader feel as if they ARE the character is exceptional. This was the first romance I've ever read written by a male and I must admit I was impressed. It's almost uncanny how he can convey the feelings inside of a woman's heart so flawlessly. The heroine is a strong, smart astrophysicist and it's obvious the author did his research to be scientifically accurate in the myriad of details he embeds within the story.
The bonus story included at the end, Zero Day Exploit is also a full length novel and I enjoyed it just as much. The heroine, Zero, was so easy for me to identify with personally and I appreciated watching her personality mature and grow more confident throughout.
I highly recommend this author for any fan of romance.
This is why I read romance!!!
Mr McCade is quickly becoming one of my favorite people - not just a favorite author. This is the first book I've read by him and I wasn't disappointed AT ALL!.
Mr McCade has the unique ability to make you feel as if you're in the story. He has a way with words that makes me a little jealous. A little. I felt the chemistry between Ian and Celeste. I felt as if I was in Paris enjoying the sights with the couple. I felt their hurts and their triumphs. I felt everything.
Both Ian and Celeste were relatable characters and I think if you read this book, you'd agree with me too.
As for the bonus story included about Zoraya and Evan, their story had more angst and arguments courtesy of Evan. But the resolution of their relationship and issues was heartwarming and, at the same time,realistic.
Both books were amazing and I can't wait to read more!
Mr McCade, you have a sure winner on your hand and, boy am I glad I discovered you.
AHHH! This book! So sweet. So Sexy. So much fun! Ion Blackwell and Celeste London tear up Paris in a weeks’ time and tear up their hearts in the process. First off, Ion. If you are looking for a new Book Boyfriend, you will need to take Ion home with you. In fact, you’ll probably be in love with all the Blackwell’s (read about sister Zero in her novella at the end of the book.) Ion…dark hair, blue eyes, dreamy voice and the love of Celeste’s life from the time she was a teen. He unsettles her and the tension is palpable. The pacing and dialog in this book keep the reader’s attention and of course make for very swoon worthy moments. Again, mmmm, Ion Blackwell……
"Let me have as much of you as I can before you go."
I found myself highlighting passages because they were so beautifully written, I wanted to be able to go back and re-read them quickly. The similes were absolutely picturesque. I could SEE the moment and FEEL the characters. I wanted to read more just to have the pictures painted in my head. To me, a sign of a well written book.
“As he brought her high once more, sweet, bright rhythm carrying her to that gasping pinnacle, she trembled fragile and iridescent and beautiful as a dragonfly’s wing, shining in the light of his sun”
The heroine is Mary Celeste London Haverford. Pretty sure the author taps into an inner geek girl on a regular basis. I’m not sure where he hides her, but in this book, he nails the female Astrophysicist persona so well. I loved Celeste’s running inner dialog with herself. LOVED all those geeky references: Star Wars, Firefly, and Wizard of Oz. Loved that her heart is so big and overwhelmed, even when she is trying to do the right thing. (Truth..I may have considered throwing my kindle at her a few times just because she was so stubborn about her relationship with Ion).
Back to Ion…sooo worth the read just to meet him. Last quote to make you go..ahhhh…..
Ion: “All that matters is that I miss my starry-eyed daydreamer. I’ve been looking up at the same sky every night---and I’ll be waiting Forever if I have to. You know where……I’ll say everything I wanted to say all those years ago.”
You are going to want to check out the author, Cole McCade. I promise, you will enjoy the read. Be sure to keep reading after the story for Ion’s baby sister Zero and Evan’s meet. Very much looking forward to more great things from this author. Watch for Bayou’s End #2 releasing..... hopefully soon!!