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Monday, May 7, 2012

Foreign Affair by Shelli Stevens

Foreign Affair by Shelli Stevens
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Length: Full Length (261 pages)
Genre: Contemporary
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Bittersweet

Revenge can be sweet...and oh so sexy.

Lena Richards’s whirlwind vacation to Europe with a friend is a welcome chance to shake her pre-wedding jitters—until she learns her high-school sweetheart is cheating on her, Hawaiian-style. Figuring all’s fair, she indulges in a fling of her own with a sexy New Yorker she meets in Amsterdam whose kiss blows her mind—and the lid off her hormones.

Tyler Bentz is wary that the petite bombshell, who only a short time ago insisted their one kiss must never happen again, has done a complete 180. His questions only make it clear she’s interested in probing of the sexual kind. Who is he to turn her down?

As they burn their way across Europe, something shifts, and it’s not just the earth moving with their exploding passion. Lena begins to realize what it really means to fall in love. And Tyler finds himself tumbling hard and fast.

Reality catches up with them in Paris, leaving Tyler to wonder if Lena’s really the one, or if he’s nothing more to her than a pawn in her game of revenge.

Ten pages. That is how long it took for me to get completely hooked by Foreign Affair.

The story at first appears to follow a traditional plot in the romance genre: romance sceptic Lena Richards, trapped in a loveless, sexless relationship, will discover there is more to life than a controlling husband to be, and her job as a travel agent. However, as the story progresses, the cliché fades away and the story becomes something very different. Foreign Affair becomes a sweet, erotic tale about a budding relationship filled with lies, half truths, and secrets.

Although some characters, like Tyler’s ex girlfriend (crazy, rich, phony woman), Lena’s fiancĂ©e (your usual controlling misogynist jerk), or even Lena’s best friend, Stephanie, (beautiful, stunning, glamorous that made Lena pale in comparison) were a bit stereotypical, the two main characters came off as real live people.

I loved the way Lena becomes flustered around good-looking men and the fact that she’s curvy and not a hottie but simply a cute girl. I adored Tyler for his good looks, his willingness to follow Lena’s rules and especially for his way of making Lena feel special and help her become comfortable in her own skin.

Being realistic, the novel could have ended fifty pages earlier with a happy ending. The final misunderstanding between the characters was terribly frustrating, but it was worth it just to enjoy a few more laughs and to glimpse what the couple could have if they took the step to understand each other.

It was fun to read a story written before the Euro, for it gave the whole setting an even greater romantic perspective. Ms. Stevens does a fantastic job of introducing us into this couple’s world and showing us how gradually their attraction becomes something much more meaningful.

Foreign Affair is definitive must read that will leave you eager to take a trip and search for your own foreign affair.


Debby said...

It sounds like a wonderful book. I will add it to my list.
debby236 at gmail dot com

rubyswan said...

hmmm..Wow I've heard wonderful things about Ms. Stevens! Foreign Affair soundzzzzzzz like a wiLD ride;D!