Review by: Alexander
TITLE: Forgotten Paradise
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires #32
AUTHOR: Shira Anthony
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 238 Pages
RELEASE DATE: April 15, 2017
It’s dangerous diving for secrets.
When a megacompany 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?
I enjoyed Forgotten Paradise for the most part, having figured out pretty easily one of the beyond the realm of possibility “surprises”, but not having guessed at the other biggie that came near the end. The amnesia trope was handled well, as far as I am concerned, but having never been to the Dominican Republic or ever been in need of forged documents, I’m no expert.
The slow burn aspect of Adam and Jonah’s relationship on the island and the need to keep their budding relationship quiet for the sake of Jonah’s job allowed Anthony to let us discover more than just the resort, and the authenticity that I felt made me believe that she has been to the Dominican before.
I found the characters were well-developed and felt empathy for their situations. They balanced each other out and yet were similar at the same time, and so their interest and natural attraction, although physical in nature at first morphed quickly into more, and yet never felt rushed (see slow burn above).
I have to be honest, some of what is addressed in Forgotten Paradise was so unrealistic that I just had to remind myself that it is a trope heavy / light read. Because in my profession, some of the events crossed my “seriously?” line and because of that, reduced my enjoyment of the story a bit.
So even with the few issues I had, overall, one of the better Dreamspun Desire books that I have read.