“You can’t run away from commitment forever … “
Adam Hamilton-Shaw has more reason than most to avoid commitment. Living on a houseboat in the Severn Valley, his dream is to sail into the sunset – preferably with a woman waiting in every port. But lately, his life looks more like a road to destruction than an idyllic boat ride…
Would-be screenplay writer Sienna Meadows realises that everything about Adam spells trouble – but she can’t ignore the feeling that there is more to him than just his bad reputation. Nor can she ignore the intense physical attraction that exists between them.
And it just so happens that Adam sees Sienna as the kind of woman he could commit to. But can he change his damaging behaviour – or is the road to destruction a one-way street?
I was delighted to be part of the cover reveal tour for The Rest Of My Life by Sheryl Browne, published by Choc Lit for Kindle on 10th July, and available in the UK and US. And now I’ve read it – and, do you know, I was actually quite nervous? Sheryl has been such a wonderful supporter of Being Anne, and I so wanted to be able to write a review that said “I really liked it”. Well… I’m thrilled to tell you that I absolutely loved it.
Sienna is immediately likeable – sharing a cottage near the marina with the rather more cynical Lauren and arthritic non-swimming dog Tobias, struggling to put some passion into her writing. Adam too is immensely likeable – and there are times when, by rights, he really shouldn’t be. He’s totally without a sense of right or wrong where women are concerned, but his hidden depths and sad back-story carry him through to your heart.
While the two main characters are wonderfully drawn, so are the supporting ones – I was quite a fan of Nathaniel who runs the marina, and Sienna’s dad David is quite perfect (and his encounters with Adam are so brilliantly done). The dialogue is what really made this book for me – it’s so well written, realistic and sparkling with life, wonderfully funny at times, really touching and sad at others. And it’s a book with a perfect sense of place – the marina and its residents really became my home for as long as I was reading.
Just a little warning for those of you who might pick up a book published by Choc Lit knowing there will be a handsome hero, but expecting the action to end outside the bedroom door. This doesn’t really have anything that would shock your gran, but it is a tad raunchier than you might expect – and let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to enter the bedroom with the delectable Adam? When I finished this book I told Sheryl her book had left me with a smile on my face, and she told me that my smile was probably there because of Adam. OK, that’s true up to a point – but this was also a really fantastic read, sheer enjoyment from beginning to end that I bet you won’t be able to put down either.
Even if I already knew about her great warmth and sense of humour, I really had no idea Sheryl Browne wrote so well. But I really should have – Choc Lit don’t publish any old thing. Please read this one – even if you think it might not be entirely your cup of tea. I wouldn’t have said it was mine either before reading, but I really loved it. And it wasn’t just because of Adam – really it wasn’t!
With thanks to Brook Cottage Books who organised the tour, I’m pleased to be able to offer a giveaway – a handmade red rose in a bottle with a scrolled tied message: The Rest of My Life.
There’s one other handmade item too – a ceramic flower pendant.
Heartache, humour, love, loss & betrayal, Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy, poignant fiction. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for Innovation in Romantic Fiction, Sheryl has seven books published with Safkhet Publishing.