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.
I Heart Books Review
Paradise Found by Sarah O'Rourke
Review by Theresa Esterline
You never know what you have until it's missing...
Funny, sad, romantic, passionate and a little crazy comedy. Crossover with many of your favorites from the Sizzle and Passion in Paradise series. The past comes back to haunt these previous lovers, though if they aren't happy now, maybe haunt isn't exactly the right word. And now a bit about the story...
Sami is engaged and ready to start her family. Ben is her adoring finance. They have all kinds of plans in place until Sami gets some bad news. Then she runs. Now they are face to face again after three years... can they forgive each other?
- “You’ve got a God-given gift, mi cielo. Seize it! Savor it! Celebrate it! But for God’s sake, don’t squander it.”
- “Maybe you can offer your tiara or tie to the bears when they come out of the woods tonight and try and eat us!”
- “But what I’ve learned is when love is true and real, it will find a way to bloom.”
- “Because my momma raised a gentleman, however, I won’t make you beg for it too awfully long.”
Note: I was given a free copy and voluntarily chose to review this book.
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-five-plus years of marriage. 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!
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