Thursday, 5 April 2012

Long Distance Lovers by Karen Booth and Karen Stivali

British musician Tim Wentworth trades his London flat for an apartment in NYC so he can record with a promising American band, but he arrives in Manhattan to learn the gig has been canceled. With no job and a two-month stay in the States, he wonders if the trip has been a waste of time, until he meets charming and talented jewelry designer Jenna Bradford.

Unlike the groupies who throw themselves at Tim after shows, Jenna couldn’t be less impressed by his music credentials. Bad experiences have led her to have a strict “no musicians” policy. But when Tim rescues Jenna from an obnoxious drunk, she bends her rules and they embark on a sensuous courtship filled with steamy, passionate nights and intense, unexpected emotions. While they try to find a way to prolong their time together, a family tragedy forces Tim to return to England. Jenna and Tim must each decide how far they’re willing to go to see if their whirlwind romance can lead to a lifetime of love.

I was eagerly looking forward to the release of Long Distance Lovers after thoroughly enjoying one of the author’s previous books, Always You, and it certainly didn't disappoint in style or plot.

The characters, Tim and Jenna, are rich and vibrant, the story more than just sex—although there was plenty, thank you very much—and the romance and conflict tugged my heartstrings in many different directions.

I adored the main location, NYC, and all the vivid descriptions. It really made me feel as though I was there. The secondary characters stood out and enhanced the richness of both Tim and Jenna’s lives, making everything they did so much more believable.

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I really liked how the story hit the ground running; I was immediately dropped into Tim’s world.

“I tried to get the job reclining naked on a red velvet settee while men served me grapes, but it was taken.”
She tossed a second cookie at him. He caught it just before it hit his lap. “Let’s see.” He opened it, trying to look pensive as his mind rushed to create a good fortune. “A wise man cannot resist kissing the beautiful woman.”
“You know the long cycle runs forty-five minutes. If we hurry we could make a quick trip to your place and be back by the time they all need to go in the dryer.”
Gavin and Tim’s relationship was great and so layered.

Verdict: I highly recommend this novel if you want to travel with a couple as they fall in lust and love and you enjoy a book that is contemporary, well written and un-put-downable!!!!

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