Misadventures Book One; Standalone
Fresh off a divorce from a Hollywood hotshot, Madison Atwood needs an escape. With the paparazzi fresh on her heels and her love life splashed on every tabloid, she runs away to a swanky retreat in Northern California. Avalon Springs is the mountainside haven she needs to find herself again.
Luke Dawson lives off the grid, preferring solitude to society. When he finds a beautiful woman soaking in the hot springs on his property, he can’t stop himself from watching her. She captures his attention, but she’s just a city girl—a beautiful distraction disturbing the peace he’s settled here to find.
When Madison discovers Luke’s secluded cabin, he can’t turn her away again. They make no promises. Madison needs to feel wanted again, and Luke misses the touch of a woman. But when mother nature has other plans, they’re forced to spend more than a night of passion together. Can Luke say goodbye to the only woman who’s made him feeling anything in years, and can Madison leave behind the man who brought her back to life?
Misadventures of a City Girl created a push-pull romance between complete opposites; her escaping the city and a failed marriage, him escaping the grid and all contact with people after the detriment caused by war. When weather forces them into his secluded cabin, and subsequently each other’s arms, the battle to fight it arises between them.
The fluidity of writing this story as a duo of writers felt very natural as it was easy to believe it came from one mind and two hands. I enjoyed the romanticism behind Madison’s escape from betrayal and in the irony of her falling into the capable hands of a man who is more suited for her, but that she’s blind to see it. Luke’s compassion exuded from him and led him into being very hero-like. Their chemistry was instant; an insta-lust connection that quickly spiraled into an inferno of passion.
Misadventures of a City Girl read like more erotica than erotic romance due to its minimal character development or depth to plot other than this being a very fantasy-like imagining. I did wish for more to their characters, more to the push and pulls than the erotic nature of their relationship as I could see the potential to their story from the very beginning. Luke’s PTSD was a passing mention rather than a true character piece that, if actually used, would have been a very debilitating condition for him. I think it was a missed opportunity to explore something in him and in how she could’ve managed to be a support for him.
If you’re looking for an erotic romance with intensely heated scenes, this is your story. It was very well done for that genre, and gives a reader exactly what they want. It was easy to feel the scenes and imagine the story as it played out from page to page. I wanted more, yes, but as it is written, it’s a good, quick read that’ll tick all of your boxes.
♦ABOUT THE AUTHORS♦
Meredith Wild is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of romance. Living on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband and three children, she refers to herself as a techie, whiskey-appreciator, and hopeless romantic. When she isn’t living in the fantasy world of her characters, she can usually be found on Facebook or her website.
Chelle Bliss is the USA Today bestselling author of the Men of Inked and ALFA P.I. series. She hails from the Midwest, but currently lives near the beach even though she hates sand. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, coffee fiend, and ex high school history teacher. She loves spending time with her two cats, alpha boyfriend, and chatting with readers.