Book Reviews

Forgotten Paradise (Dreamspun Desires) by Shira Anthony at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 17-April-2017

Book Blurb

It’s dangerous diving for secrets.

When a megacompany threatens to take over his family-owned business, programming prodigy Adam Preston escapes the stress with a much-needed vacation in the Dominican Republic. There he meets attractive, intelligent, insightful Jonah James, a scuba dive instructor, and what starts as a holiday fling soon blossoms into much more.

But Jonah has a secret: ten years ago he woke up on an island beach with no idea how he got there… or even who he is. Their paradise may not be as perfect as it seems. When Jonah’s memories come crashing back like waves on the sand, will it be Adam clinging to the proverbial life raft, or will the two men find a safe harbor to ride out the storm?

Book Review

“…sometimes you get more than one second chance.” ~ Jonah James

It is probably no secret, at least to those who follow my reviews, that I love second chances stories. And from the blurb of this novel – with a man suffering from amnesia - it was already obvious that a second chance would most likely be involved if this man ever recovered his memories. But as I got into the story and more and more secrets were revealed. It became obvious that Jonah had more than one second chance waiting for him. But it wasn’t just this double second chance I ended up loving. This novel has an amazing setting, lots of details about diving in tropical waters, a tension-filled business situation and devilish intrigue, an intense personal relationship that is teetering on the edge of catastrophic failure before it even really gets started, and two strong-willed characters out to succeed – almost whatever the cost.

Adam loves programming and has considerable talent developing apps. He has taken over the company his father started and made it into a great success – except now an even bigger company is interested in a takeover. Adam and his sister don’t want to sell their shares, their mother seems undecided, and Adam’s brother is keen on cashing out. The tension is almost too much, and when he meets Jonah on a much-needed one-week vacation, Adam is ready to relax and enjoy. But there is more to Jonah than meets the eye, and Adam’s problems quickly escalate to epic proportions.

Jonah is a dive instructor and he loves his job. But he has no idea who he used to be before he woke up on an island ten years ago with no memory of his name or any other details. Something about meeting Adam begins to jog his memories, and what he discovers is a total shock to him. It puts his and Adam’s budding relationship in jeopardy, it irrevocably changes Jonah’s life, and it exposes both Jonah and Adam to evil machinations they need all their intelligence, business sense and determination to deal with.

If you like stories where the developing relationship is constantly threatened, if business intrigue and evil takeover plots are your thing, and if you’re looking for a suspenseful read with a great setting, wonderful characters, and not one, but two second chances, then you will probably like this novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 238 pages/52500 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-April-2017
Price $4.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback, $9.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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