Eversea (Eversea #1) by Natasha Boyd.
Eversea, a love story, is a Winter Rose Contest FINALIST 2013. Emilia Pisani of Simon & Schuster (judge) says "Great southern flavor!" and "Jack is an alluring leading man!"
An orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt.
A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose.
A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever.
When his co-star and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her married and much older director, A-list hottie, Jack Eversea, finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. Jack hopes the sultry southern heat in this tiny coastal Low country town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend, but his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn’t count on meeting Keri Ann Butler.
Keri Ann has relied on herself so long, dealing with her family’s death and the responsibilities of keeping up her family's historic mansion, that boys and certainly the meager offering of eligible boys in Butler Cove, have never figured into her equation. But fate has other plans. Suddenly face to face with the man who played the movie role of her favorite fictional character, Jack has Keri Ann yearning for everything she has previously avoided ... and Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for, before his mistakes catch up to him.
I was pretty excited to read this book. I found myself intrigued by the synopsis. But once I started reading, the story developed pretty slowly for me and I found myself thinking it to be a bit cliche.
But once Keri Ann and Jack keep finding themselves thrown together as they spend more and more time getting to know one another, I found myself unable to stop reading even to go get food and soon I became kind of addicted. It's not your typical 'normal girl meets boy who turns out to be a celebrity' cliche that I thought it was. I became intrigued by Natasha's writing and storytelling. The novel shares an emotional connection to readers as these two characters find themselves thrown together by fate maybe? and are trying to find a place for them to belong and be themselves in. I like how the author surprises us and tries to make it a more normal story and not over the top and chaotic you would expect to find in celebrity type books.
Keri Ann's this really sweet girl whose trynna live her life and keep everyone she cares about happy. I like how she stays herself around Jack and is handling the situation pretty calmly considering there's a very HOT celebrity in her face LOL, but her reaction around jack are pretty funny and is something I can totally imagine when meeting a celebrity...a hot one at that, hehe.
Jack Eversea is this totally normal guy, with normal problems who just so happens to be a big deal in hollywood and pretty much around the world. He's such a sweetheart and is just a guy trynna find his real self after being always told who he is and how to act. He's been dealt with a bad hand and I love how after everything he's been through, he still has his manners and all that intact and treats Keri Ann really sweetly. Oh and did I mention he rides a motorbike?...a ducati? talk about swooooon! It kinda makes me wish he was real...
Their text messages are also sooo hilarious and sweet! Especially the autocorrect ;) Which you'll have to find out yourselves. ;-)
Oh and did I mention how awesome the cover is? It totally showcases the emotion of this story.
And after that ending, I'm so excited for book 2! I can't wait to see what else Natasha has in store for us.
This novel had all the romance, emotional rollercoaster, supporting characters and funny moments you expected and so much more. I totally recommend it to anyone who is into these kind of stories :) There are scenes for mature audiences too so yes it is an NA genre.
*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest opinion/review*