Nathan Cross is a struggling actor waiting tables at a local restaurant to make ends meet while he attends endless auditions. Though his hopeful career moves at a slow pace, Olivia is the strength and sunshine in his life… until she leaves him. One day, he is offered a contract with a modeling agent, leading him to work for Knight Fashion Magazine—a dream job he never imagined would become a reality.
Olivia swore she would always put her career first and that’s precisely what she did when she left Nathan. Having a deadbeat dad and watching her mom work two jobs to make ends meet have been her driving force. When she is offered a modeling career, she drops everything—even the love of her life—and moves to New York.
Though Nathan and Olivia try to steer clear of one another, working for the same fashion magazine causes their paths to cross again and old emotions are awakened. Can Nathan forgive Olivia or will he take the next step with the woman he is currently dating? Will Olivia do everything she can to break them apart? Or will she choose her career over her heart… again?
Worldbuilding: This novel takes place back and forth in New York City and Los Angeles.
Characters: The main characters in this story are Olivia and Nathan. Nathan gave his whole heart to Olivia and their relationship was the best part of his life. Both wanting to be aspiring entertainers, Nathan an actor and Olivia a model, he knew their relationship would take work but he was willing to do whatever it took to make their dreams come true. Until Olivia’s dream came at the price of their relationship. After a year and a half of heartache Nathan finally starts to heal and lands a modeling contract that changes his life forever. But fate has a funny way of playing with people’s lives and Olivia is brought back into his life right when he is ready to move on. Emotions are brought to the forefront and people’s feelings get hurt. Who will Nathan choose? The one he could see loving? Or the one he never stopped loving? Leaving Nathan was one of biggest mistakes Olivia has ever made. Seeing him after all this times makes her heart trip over itself and floods her with emotions. More than anything, she wants him to give her a second chance but now someone else is after his heart. Can Olivia make Nathan see that they belong together? Or will she be too late to show him how much he means to her?
Plot: Honestly this is an angst filled second chance romance! There will be hard limits for some readers because this does have a love triangle and ex’s pop up a lot. The hero and heroine both had relationships going on while apart, which is horrible, but what rubbed me the wrong way was that Nathan still had his relationship going on (sex and everything) after Olivia popped back into his life. One particular sex scene with Nathan and his current “girlfriend” was just particularly scummy to me.
Writing: This novel was told in first person points of view of Olivia and Nathan. It was also told in present and past point of view. Honestly this is where the novel fell short for me. The writing was weirdly choppy and flowy as well as formal and informal. I think if the author would have stuck with one writing style I would have enjoyed it more no matter which she chose. The writing definitely detracts some of the story for me in this case.
Curb Appeal: The cover is different and I really liked it! You don’t really see magazine covers as book covers so this is something fresh and fabulous! The blurb is intriguing to say the least. It really does a nice job of setting up the back story for the reader but left plenty of surprises for us to find!
Ultimately: I liked the meat of the story! I liked that this is a second chance romance but not so much the writing style or the love triangle. This novel definitely ended with a killer cliffhanger that had me 1-clicking the next book and I’m intrigued to see how it all ends! All in all, if you are in the mood for models and mayhem then come check out Sexiest Man Alive!!!!
I couldn't have said that better myself! Reading is huge passion of mine. And I'm glad that books not only expand my world view but that they bring the wonderful people who created them into my life. You can always find me with a book and an eclectic mix of music on. I am a HEA junkie extraordinaire! I am a Beta reader, who loves helping authors bring their characters to life. As well as an avid romance reader (every and anything ;D) turned aspiring author.
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