An injured actress becomes romantically involved with an attorney, and as their relationship gets serious, they must navigate their strong personalities, geographic challenges, and her resentful brother.
After surviving a fire that killed her parents and left her with injuries that threaten her career, Tony Award–winning actress London Watson learns that she has inherited her parents’ estate, cutting her brother out almost completely. Neither her parents’ decision nor her brother’s rage at the news surprises London, since Kyle has a history of drug addiction and deflected responsibility. Leaving New York to heal at her family’s Martha’s Vineyard property, she discovers that her neighbor is Finn Cavanaugh, the handsome attorney who handled the will. The two have an immediate connection and electric chemistry, so the relationship gets intense very quickly. Once they both move back to New York, their island bubble is pricked by some clashes, often when Finn oversteps the independent London’s boundaries. More complications arise with exciting but risky new professional opportunities for London in California. Meanwhile Kyle remains a shadowy menace, which the reader recognizes, though Finn and London don’t. Proby delivers a sexy love story between two wealthy, successful characters whose conflicts are very modern and First-World—I can buy my own Chanel bag, thank you very much. Their problems sometimes feel realistic and sometimes feel overblown, but they're almost always lacking in deep emotional tension since London and Finn start out rich, beautiful, smart, and eminently likable, then fall in fairy-tale love. It’s a tricky choice that mostly works because we really do like the characters and want them to be happy. Warning: The sex scenes are frequent and very hot, and an abrupt, unsatisfying ending feels like a contrived introduction to Book 2.
A sexy, entertaining read.