Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Forgotten Paradise
Author: Shira Anthony
Series: Dreamspun Desires #32
Heroes: Adam Preston/Jonah James
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 238 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 15, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: It’s dangerous diving for secrets.
When a mega company 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?
Review: The Dreamspun Desires series has been a lot of fun to explore. It really can take you all over the map as far as romances go. I’ve read really light, sweet and low steam romances, to hot, heavy and erotic ones as well. One thing is always the same, and that is the author capitalizes on a classic “trope” – defined by Merriam Webster as: a common or overused theme or device: cliché. In a way, that sounds like it’s a bad thing, but really, all stories rely on a basic “trope” and it’s how that gets manipulated that can make a good story good or a bad one terrible.
The trope here is “amnesia” and who doesn’t like a good amnesia story? The author also included another trope which is the “tropical fling with a stranger” – who ends up not being a stranger – trope.
To me, the amnesia trope is the height of “soap opera writing” in the sense that it feels like the most unbelievable and the most unrealistic. In this case, Shira Anthony doesn’t shy away from that, but capitalizes on it and really exaggerates all the possible outcomes from said amnesia.
In addition to a pretty obvious link between our two MCs, we also have some trouble on the home front that the amnesia helps to perpetuate.
What surprised me was the slow burn between our MCs. Despite the short time frame of the tropical vacation, they don’t jump into bed with one another right away and the low steam in this story is maintained even back on the mainland.
There is some “mystery” but most of the hurdles are overcome by Jonah’s own peek at his past self and his desire to be a better man today.
I think – overall- this plays out about as you’d expect it to. It has a nice, sweet HEA and for fans of the series, the author or the trope I think you’ll be pleased.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*