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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Her Unexpected Love by Lillith Payne



Her Unexpected Love by Lillith Payne
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (237 pages)
Other: M/F, Toys
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Clematis

Mike is about to start his dream job as managing owner of a hotel in Montauk, NY, but his focus shifts when he finds out Devon, his high school crush, is part of his new life.

Devon has become an artist with her own retail store, specializing in jewelry made from sea glass, and she is stunned to find Mike taking over the old hotel. Though she’s drawn to him, she is hesitant to begin a relationship with her past experiences still haunting her.

The girl who turned him down has turned into the woman of his dreams. Can Mike convince Devon he’s right for her in all the ways she never expected?

Her Unexpected Love is a sublime story of love, with a rich and evolving tapestry that will enthrall and delight.

What would you do if you met up with your high school flame again and were thrust into a remembered passionate tryst in the back of his parents minivan, fifteen long years ago? Would you dare to take a risk and find out once and for all if the sparks ignited then could be flamed into a lasting passion today? Or rather, passionately guard a wounded heart, protect it from love’s sweet folly and instead choose to carry on and just remember fondly, ‘the one that got away’?

Thankfully, Lillith Payne’s tale, Her Unexpected Love isn’t quite so cruel, although I must admit to getting as desperate as poor Devon and Mike, by the time these two finally get around to consummating said passionate love. Oh, but when they do, after interruptions, commitment after work commitment, an ex from hell, and with only some hot phone sex to fill the aching void, it’s full-on 'monkey sex' with all the satisfying bells and whistles!

It’s a wonderful and inviting tale most worthy of your perusal, set against the moody background of Montauk Point, New York. It’s about change, love lost, love found, rediscovered and remembered, and rejoiced and renewed as they travel down a path and along the road of discovery for them both. It's a joyful observance of life and second chances that speaks from the heart to lovers everywhere. Her Unexpected Love is seductive and erotic, with absorbing characters that beg to remembered long after you’ve read the final lines.

Thanks, Ms. Payne, for such a compelling and quietly brilliant tale that inspires me to seek other examples of your elegant prose.

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