Phillip Kensington has been a lucky man. His wine business is booming, he’s engaged and about to marry a woman he thought he loved. But she has changed since he slipped the ring on her finger. When Amanda, a beautiful stranger needs his help, he jumps into action. In the process, she helps him realize his future must change.Amanda Crown is suffocating under the bright spotlight of her mother’s dreams for her future. Running off the studio lot in Hollywood after a particularly embarrassing scene, Amanda meets the man of her dreams. And then his fiancée. Amanda decides it’s time to follow her dreams and make a big move, what she didn’t realize was her step toward her future would bring her back into Phillip’s world.Will he be able to take the steps to make their dreams come true?
***Laguna Dreams can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. If you enjoy Phillip and Amanda’s story, please consider reading the rest of the Laguna Beach series.
Laguna Nights (Laguna Beach Book 1), Madison and Josh’s story
Laguna Heights (Laguna Beach Book 2), Annie and Hank’s story
Laguna Lights (Laguna Beach Book 3), Laura and Paul’s story
Laguna Sights (Laguna Beach Book 4), Jamie and Scott’s story
Yet another part of a series that can be read as a stand alone, Kaira Rouda has hit it out of the park with Amanda and Phillip’s story. I knew that this would be one of those books that once I started it, I wouldn’t want to put it down, so I started it on a day that I knew I had nothing planned and finished it the next morning. I’m so bad about finishing books so quickly, but I just can’t help it! I get so drawn into books, I don’t guess it’s a bad thing though.
Phillip’s ex-fiancee is something else. She’s not a lying woman, but man she sure seemed like a conniving little woman, definitely NOT someone that I would like. I can see why Phillip would want to end things with her. She’s straight up CRAZY!! More on this craziness later.
One thing I really enjoy about this series is the fact that though it is a part of a series, you don’t have to have read the previous books in order to know what’s going on because they are also stand-alones.
The book starts out with Amanda and a scene on a day-time soap opera (which I think would be SO much fun – especially if its my favorite!) however, it’s just not what Amanda wants to do with her life. Her mom is the star of the soap, though, so she gets Amanda these parts. After an accident, Amanda just gets fed up, runs (not really runs – more walks) away from the set and Phillip runs into her after she’s had an accident and helps her out. Once she finds out he’s engaged, she repays him the money he loaned her (because she left her purse, insurance cards and all identification at the recording studio) but just can’t get him out of her head.
Fast forward a few months, and we find out he can’t stop thinking about her. She has since moved to Wine Country in Northern California and has gotten a job at a winery. Unbeknownst to her, Phillip’s parents own the winery.
I’m not a fan of giving away what is going to happen in book reviews that I write, so I’m going to just stop right there and tell you that if you want to know whether Phillip and Amanda get together and stay together then you need to read this book!
Laguna Nights (Laguna Beach Book 1)
Madison Alcott was back in her hometown, caring for her sick mom and working long hours at the best resort in Laguna Beach. She never imagined she’d return to the place where she became famous on the hit reality TV show Laguna Nights, and the place where she was humiliated on national television. Fortunately, the past had stayed tucked away until her old high school boyfriend appeared in the lobby.Josh Welsh was a superstar by age eighteen, the bad boy break-out star of Laguna Nights. Since then, his star had lost its shine and he barely was holding onto his Hollywood status. When he was asked to host a new reality travel show, he jumped at the chance. The only problem was the first episode was shooting in Laguna Beach. Of all the reasons Josh didn’t want to return home, he hadn’t even imagined the worst scenario: running into Madison “Holly” Alcott.Josh’s connection to Madison was still as strong as her anger at his betrayal. When the new reality series forces them together, they must face Laguna Nights past and present, and navigate a journey where nothing is as it seems.
***Laguna Nights can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone read. And if you enjoy Laura and Paul’s story, please consider reading the rest of the Laguna Beach series.
In high school, Annie Johns was the calm, supportive sidekick to the rest of the tumultuous female stars of the hit reality TV show, Laguna Nights. Today, she’s living the happy life as a mom that she predicted on the show long ago. There’s only one problem: the secret from her past that haunts her most nights, a secret that if revealed could ruin everything she shares with her husband, Hank, the man who saved her from the heartache.
***Laguna Heights can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone novella. And if you enjoy Annie and Hank’s story, please consider reading the rest of the Laguna Beach series.
Laura Kinkaid’s glamorous Hollywood life is falling apart. After years of reality television stardom beginning in high school on Laguna Nights, her career and relationship with her long-term boyfriend Scott are fizzling out.
Laura decides to go home to Laguna Beach for the weekend to attend a baby shower for her high school friend. That decision – and a car accident – will lead her to a new future, if she’s ready to take a chance at love.
Paul Dorn’s former life in New York City is far behind him and he’s working in a popular Laguna Beach surf shop when fate brings the most beautiful woman he’s ever met into his life. The attraction is instant and he has an overwhelming desire to protect her. While Paul’s retail sales career is a short-term job for market research purposes, his focus on Laura is long-term.
Will Laura allow a handsome stranger to help her create a future unlike her past, or will the bright lights of Hollywood pull her back to LA?
***Laguna Lights can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone read. And if you enjoy Laura and Paul’s story, please consider reading the rest of the Laguna Beach series.
Scott Cassidy has lived a blessed life. Growing up in Laguna Beach with a loving family, he was discovered in high school when he appeared on the popular reality TV show, Laguna Nights. Now cast as a doctor on the number one soap opera, his star keeps rising. Finally free from his long-term girlfriend, Scott isn’t looking for love, but when a popular dating app matches him with Jamie Kane, he can’t deny the sparks. But is she really everything she seems?
Jamie Kane isn’t lucky in love or life. Her childhood was tumultuous with a single mom who moved to Hollywood for fame but ended up waiting tables in Malibu. Certainly not one of the spoiled kids she went to high school and college with, Jamie has worked hard to achieve her dreams of being an actress, even as she begins to realize it’s not her calling. Jamie believes Scott may be the answer to everything unless a past mistake makes him doubt their future together.
Is the price of fame the chance at true love?
***Laguna Sights can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone read. And if you enjoy Laura and Paul’s story, please consider reading the rest of the Laguna Beach series.
About the Author
Her women’s fiction titles include BEST DAY EVER, THE GOODBYE YEAR, HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE and IN THE MIRROR. Her bestselling short story is titled A MOTHER’S DAY. Her sexy, contemporary romance series include the LAGUNA BEACH Series, the INDIGO ISLAND Series.
Her nonfiction titles, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, and REAL YOU FOR AUTHORS: 8 Essentials for Women Writers (available for free download on her website) continue to inspire.
Kaira’s work has won numerous awards including the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader’s Choice Awards and honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest International Book Awards. She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel.
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