Saturday, June 11, 2016

Book Review: Guilty Pleasures by Deborah Fletcher Mello


Guilty Pleasures by Deborah Fletcher Mello

Gorgeous, blue-eyed, dark chocolate skinned, star athlete Alexander has made monumental strides in his profession. After deciding that it was time to take his expertise to a different arena, he opened a state-of-the-art fitness facility, drawing the attention of media, locals, and professional athletes from all over. It’s a dream come true. All is well until he meets the newest team member on staff, Dr. Sarai Montrie, the tiny, breathtaking heartthrob who has come to him from Thailand. This wouldn’t be a problem if she weren’t best friends with his twin brother, who he’s been estranged from for years.

Zachary has lived a life of torment since betraying his closest friend and confidante years before. While at the time, he didn’t consider how his actions might affect the bond he’d always seen as unbreakable, once the deed was done, nothing he tried ever seemed to make those wrongs of yesteryear right. Faced with the biggest challenge of his highly successful career, Zachary knows the only person who can help him gain his title is his elusive brother, Alexander. Taking a huge chance that Alexander won’t be as welcoming and forgiving as he hopes, Zachary travels back from Thailand to crash his brother’s grand opening, hoping the presence of an audience will bypass an ugly altercation.

Sarai Montrie is a lady who has dreamed herself into a better life. After a negative turn of events almost bankrupted her family and landed her in dire circumstances, Zachary was just the person her family needed to save them from utter destruction. She was unknown to the twins until their separate meetings, but she’d grown up aware of them her entire life. Once she meets Alexander, it’s as if her life has come full circle as she stares the man of her dreams in the face. But will the turmoil between the brothers cause a rift in her individual relationships with them?

This is my first read by Deborah Fletcher Mello. While I typically am not fond of interracial romance, the sweetness of this story and feistiness of Dr. Montrie captured me right away and pulled me in. I love how Mello tastefully address stereotypes in this novel, by making Dr. Montrie an outspoken, yet sweet, woman who knew her business and loved her man. The addition of the Thai culture interspersed throughout the book was very welcomed. Although I thought the story moved rather quickly between Alexander and Sarai, the chemistry between them was undeniable. This lightweight romance is sure to warm the hearts of readers. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
4 stars
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Reviewed by Tumika Patrice Cain

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