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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Praise for Vanishing Act
“Vanishing Act is a playful and delightful romance story for a lazy, sunny afternoon on your very own sandy beach.”—The Reading Cafe
“This story is told from alternating POV’s which I always like, because it is easier to understand what both characters are thinking and feeling. This a beautiful, enchanting story.”—Cocktails & Books
“This heartfelt and flirty romance is the stuff that fairytales are made of. Vanishing Act isn’t your run-of-the-mill Hollywood romance. It packed the right amount of emotional punch with easy to love and relatable characters. The ending melted my heart. Did I just go to Hawaii and fall for Landon, Zara and a dog named Marshmallow aka Spike? I sure did. One-click worthy.”—KC Book Reviews
“Vanishing Act is another entertaining and touching read from this incredible author and the perfect summer read!”—Prisoners of Print
“Hot movie star . . . check! Gorgeous young girl . . . check! Tropical paradise complete with beaches and amazing views . . . check!”—Schmexy Girl Book Blog
“I really loved this book, and its characters.”—A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews
“Vanishing Act is like a Hawaiian cocktail: sweet, sparkling, and satisfying! Escapism at its finest, Madden delivers the perfect summer romance.”—Jessica Lemmon, author of Eye Candy
“Vanishing Act is a sexy, funny, opposites-attract romance. A. M. Madden provided great dialogue and banter with a good balance of romance and conflict.”—Harlequin Junkie
“I’m a sucker for Hollywood romance stories and A. M. Madden delivered exactly what I needed. Sweet and sexy with laugh-out-loud moments, Vanishing Act is a beautifully written love story that defines the meaning of soul mates.”—New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin
“The chemistry is pretty spectacular and will have your heart pumping!”—Books and Boys Book Blog
This standalone novel includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We adored this escapist celebrity fantasy and its ultra-sexy hero, Landon Price. A Hollywood heartthrob, Landon is spending his downtime between projects hiding from the paparazzi so he can process his brother's death. When he meets Zara Jobert on a remote Hawaiian island, he's amazed that she doesn't know who he is—and that he can woo her as a regular guy, not a superstar. Vanishing Act’s plot line was pure fun … and Zara's dog Marshmallow added some light humor to this already delicious book.
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VANISHING ACT is a sweet and heartwarming story. I always enjoy books written by A. M. Madden, she knows how write a realistic story with believable and likable characters. Landon Price, one of the hottest actors in Hollywood, decides to take a few months off to clear his head. To get away from his hectic life, he decides to spend some time on a small Hawaiian island and doesn't tell anyone where he is going. For the first time in a long time, Landon can relax and has a sense of freedom. No one knows who he is and he can just be a normal person. While on the island, Landon meets Zara and he is immediately captivated by her beauty and innocence. From the moment Landon meets Zara, he can't stop thinking about her. She is young, naive and has only known island life.
After living in Los Angeles for years, where you can't trust anyone and everything is fake, Zara’s genuineness is refreshing and intriguing to Landon. Landon has never met anyone like Zara. She has no expectations of him and he can be himself. He keeps telling himself to leave her alone, but he can't. He is eight years older than Zara but he feels much older than her. Living in the island most of her life, has left Zara innocent and untouched. Yet Zara is also tough and strong and she knows how to fight for what she wants.
Landon and Zara live opposite lifestyles and have had very different life experiences and they are not sure if it is possible to mesh their lives together. I liked the plot and the story, although It moved a little too slowly for me. This story is told from alternating POV’s which I always like, because it is easier to understand what both characters are thinking and feeling. This a beautiful, enchanting story.
I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review for Netgalley and Cocktails and Books.
I loved it from start to finish and everything in between!
I absolutely adored this story! I was hooked from the first sentence, plus it was staged in Hawaii, my favorite place in the world!
Landon is at the top of his game, an A-list actor that is burnt out. He is still grieving the loss of his brother and is tired of the Hollywood life. Once he wraps his latest project, he checks out. His manager is furious, as he has projects lined up, but Landon has had enough. He makes his arrangements under the name Lance White, instead of Landon Price for obvious reasons. He doesn’t want to be found. I cracked up in how he came up with his alias. Lance, for the Lance Peanut Butter crackers that he loves and White, because he was wearing white boxer briefs the day he made his arrangements! He leaves behind his phone, buys a burner phone and the only people that knows his whereabouts are his parents. They are under strict instructions to not give out any information.
Landon arrives on the island of Lanai and is settled in his tropical paradise. He has been trying to write a book about his brother, but the words just aren’t coming. He is starting to feel lonely until a visitor shows up at his door. A small white dog that he names Spike, totally has Lance White wrapped around his little paw. The next day he goes into the small town trying to find the owner. The town is tiny enough that everyone knows everyone. Then by chance, Spike spots his owner and Lance is not prepared for what he is about to see. The most beautiful woman he has ever seen makes her way to him and then she calls the dog Marshmallow and he comes back to reality. They banter about the dog’s name and Lance tries to charm Zara, but she politely brushes him off. Thus, begins the pursuit and the epic love story of Lance and Zara!
I won’t tell you anymore about this magically romantic story. The swoon worthy journey that I took while reading this book, just melted my heart. It is sweet, tender, romantic, funny, passionate and everything you want in a love story. The secondary characters are endearing and frustrating all at the same time, but oh what they add to this plot. There is so much going on in this story that you are just swept away.
I loved it from start to finish and everything in between!
I love this story. Landon Price needs a break from his Hollywood life and is determined to get it.
So he ghosts off to a tiny island in Hawaii totally off the grid, using an assumed name. He meets a tiny white fluff ball pup and calls him "Spike", he and Spike make fast friends. The next day he goes to town to see if he can locate the dogs owner and there they meet. Zara calling for her dog "Marshmallow". Lance as he is now known, teases her unmercifully. Zara also has an accent, which he doesn't place and inquires. She's from South Africa, living on the island with her parents.
The relationship between these two blossom and it was just the best to watch them relax into each other. Zara doesn't know that Lance is a famous movie star. The island is isolated and they are technologically impaired there. That is until they have a party and a even though her sister and brother in law recognize him, a family friend tweets his presence and they are soon overwhelmed.
Zara's father is difficult. Lance has to return to LA and they leave on good terms, he wants her to sort things out with her family and pursue her dream of being a photographer. They don't so separation very well and soon are reunited. So what happens from there? And what happens in the meantime?
What about the past for these two?
Wow, what a great story Ann Marie wrote here. I loved it. Low angst, honest and real people and the dog!!! 4.5 Stars from me.
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