Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: Forgotten Paradise
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires #32
AUTHOR: Shira Anthony
NARRATOR: Andrew McFerrin
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 5 hours, 49 minutes
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2017
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?
I struggled a bit with this review because I just was not sure what to say about this story. It wasn’t a bad story, it just wasn’t great either. It kinda just felt…..there. Like all the pieces and parts were written, but there was nothing compelling me to keep listening. I superficially connected to the characters, but their story was so scripted I never really felt like I needed to keep reading to find out if they got their HEA. In fact, once the story was over, I had a hard time remembering the things that I liked. It didn’t really stick with me or make an impact.
I think some people will really enjoy this story, but unfortunately for me, it was just middle of the road. This could be a case of it’s me not you, but this one was not one of my favorites in this line and I am sorry for that.
I am actually not sure what to think about this narration. I like this narrator and I liked his voices, but there was this overwhelming peaceful feel to this reading and it didn’t work with this story for me. Even in the midst of harsh and frantic emotions, there was this overlaying calmness to the reading that seemed at odds with the story.