Today I am reviewing California Thyme by Casey Dawes. The book is #4 in a series of four contemporary romance novels, published as Crimson Romances. The synopsis:
Mandy Parker doesn’t want to turn out like her mother, an aging actress desperate for the love of the crowd. Avoiding anything Hollywood-related is vital for Mandy’s sanity, however the economy forces to take a job catering to a movie crew.
Since the woman he’d loved married his best friend, James Lubbock has put women far behind his career in the movie business. The assistant caterer is attractive, but he’s more focused on figuring out who’s sabotaging his set.
Sparks fly between Mandy and James, but can they overcome their painful pasts to risk a chance on love?
From My Perspective:
At first, I couldn't grasp the story as the transitions from paragraph to paragraph and chapter to chapter didn't feel cohesive. But then I reached the point where I was hooked and couldn't put this short romance novel down. I enjoyed the characters who were quite well developed and the characters did seem to drive the story. Mandy Parker carried a lot of baggage from her childhood. James Lubbock had suffered a great loss with a former girlfriend who broke his heart. Both wanted a career they could count on. Neither wanted to give up their dream.
The story line was interesting; someone was up to sabotage Lubbock's career. Mandy needed to find the truth about her father, Dana Russell. The romance was thick with need, but I applaud Dawes for being a clean romance author. Her characters were given the opportunity for an intense romantic encounter, but it was left to the reader's imagination. Clean romance? It's almost unheard of these days, but when I find it, I enjoy it far better than reading explicit sex scenes!!
I see much potential in this author and rated the book a 4 WINK read! Nicely done, Ms Dawes!