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Firstly, I'm going to give this review for the entire Finding Me Trilogy. Now I don't really like short stories but this little series of listens had three things that tempted me - it's Author, the narrators and the half price sale - so I bought them knowing that the romance was going to be quick. And yes, as soon as a disillusioned 40 yr old Annabelle met Johnny - the grumpy handsome bearded much younger stranger who was meant to be taking her to her friend's empty beachside apartment, Annabelle was attracted to him but he was rude, judgemental and opinionated about her so she curbed her attraction. She'd had a disastrous marriage which left her with zero confidence, they'd been separated for a year and she was there to think things through, mull over possibilities and determined what course her, and her son's, lives should take..... but nothing could have prepared her for the soul deep connection, passion and love that she found in Johnny's arms.
However, she's married to a cheating, manipulative music Mogul and has two teenage sons which are her life so things aren't going to run smoothly.... and Johnny is keeping back something from Annabelle too. Unfortunately their luxurious stolen days and nights came screeching to a halt when her husband came to retrieve and reclaim his wife.... and rekindle their marriage. Which led to shattered dreams, broken hearts, emotional turmoil and a shocking unplanned discovery.... and the discovery would first tear them apart, but ultimately it would be the icing on the cake.
Yes it was short, yes it was an instant romance and yes it was predictable but it was also sexy, passion-filled, romantic and hot. And yes I enjoyed it however I can't help but wonder why MM split this into three parts instead of creating a more compelling packed-out complete book that just needed an hour or too more added. There was a lot of Designer names dropped... I get that she was married to a Mogul but enough already. Johnny was a great Hero... in his actions, in his words and in his heartfelt passion but I felt Annabelle was a bit limp as a character. She'd been mentally torn down living a lie in an unhappy loveless marriage for the sake of her boys and had self-sacrificing tendencies however she did reclaim her independence and grow a backbone in the end. Told from Annabelle's POV and Wen and Kai's style of narration never disappoints and is refreshing to hear - Wen sticks to her genre and Kai sticks to his and, IMO, the conversations run smoothly and are more realistic that way.
Worth a credit? If it had been one single book that was more padded out and the romance took longer then YES but they're short burst where romance blossomed amongst the sandy beaches and shimmering blue seas of a Tropical Island. Then there was a heartbreaking reality check where the love and sex had to be given up. Finally there was the drama and angst because Prince Charming came to claim what's his. It's a light, quick, predictable and enjoyable Contemporary second chance love story and I certainly got my money's worth - but you'll have to decide if it's for you.
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This book is incredibly well written and I adore the characters and how you could feel the emotions that they were feeling as things played out! I loved Johnny and I am desperate to find out what's gonna happen next! If you haven't read this book or any of Michelle Mankin's books stop what you're doing and read them now!!! Need an added experience? Add Kai &Wen to the mix you won't regret it😉
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