Monday, September 21, 2015

Laguna Nights by Kaira Rouda

Laguna Nights (Laguna Beach #1)Book Description:
Madison Alcott left her Laguna Beach childhood in the past as soon as she could, never imagining she’d be forced to return. Caring for her ill mother and holding down a high-pressure position at the best resort in town, Madison’s life is as good as it could ever be in Laguna Beach. And blissfully, nobody knows her as Holly anymore, the name she used on television. Everything changes when her high school boyfriend appears in the lobby. He was the reason she’d left Laguna in the first place when he humiliated her on national television.

Josh Welsh’s star has been dimming ever since he shot to fame as the high school heartthrob on the reality TV series Laguna Nights. Hoping to reignite his career, he agreed to host a travel show, with the first episode shooting in his old hometown of Laguna Beach. Of all the negative scenarios associated with filming in Laguna, Josh hadn’t calculated a run-in with Madison, or that the same deep connection he felt for her in high school would still be there.

Madison and Josh’s reality TV relationship exploded years ago but when the new series forces them together, they must face Laguna Nights past and present.

My Thoughts:
This book was ok.  Madison has made a good life for herself and her mother after a horrid reality TV experience.  She runs a resort now in her home town that caters to the rich and famous, also she now goes by Madison instead of Holly.  Josh was the reason she was so humiliated on the show and now he is back in town with his crew to shoot a new reality TV show.  She wants nothing to do with him or his show, except she cannot seem to stay away from him and then there is a big push to get her to be a part of the show.
I thought the idea for this book was really good.  The thought of the guy coming home to redeem himself to his first love pulled me in.  It is a smooth, easy read.  I really didn't buy the Josh being a good guy was my problem with the book.  He was too self-centered, even after everything that had happened for Holly/Madison to trust but she felt that chemistry.  I think that was part of my problem with the romance in this book, they talked about the chemistry a lot but it wasn't overly apparent.  Still, it is a good, quick romance read.
It was 3/5 for me.
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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