Natasha Boyd An orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt.
A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose.
A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever.
When his co-star and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her married and much older director, A-list hottie, Jack Eversea, finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. Jack hopes the sultry southern heat in this tiny coastal Lowcountry town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend, but his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn’t count on meeting Keri Ann Butler.
Keri Ann has relied on herself so long, dealing with her family’s death and the responsibilities of keeping up her family’s historic mansion, that boys and certainly the meager offering of eligible boys in Butler Cove, have never figured into her equation. But fate has other plans. Suddenly face to face with the man who played the movie role of her favorite fictional character, Jack has Keri Ann yearning for everything she has previously avoided … and Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for, before his mistakes catch up to him.
When I agreed to read Eversea in preparation for my interview with Natasha Boyd. I was expecting a light and fluffy retelling of the cinderella story. What I discovered was a heart tugging, hot flush provoking, coming of age story
Although Jack is an adult who has been living in the real world( as real as Hollywood will allow), crafting a successful movie career, he has always been led and guided, cajoled and contracted in to increasing claustraphobic situations. He craves something more; independence to be himself, to lead his own life and make his own decisions.
While Jacks life has be controlled and contained by contractual obligations , Keri Ann has had to contend with her own agreement-although an informal one with her older sibling. While both have begun to recognised and become frustrated by their limitations, it is their meeting that is catalyst for change in both of their lives.
When I read the synopsis, I couldn’t help imaginging a particular Hollywood couple in the roles of Jack and Audrey. That all changed the moment I got to know Jack. OMG! Over the span of two incredible books Jack Eversea, has not only made it on to my list of book crushes, he has stormed up to the top of the pile. You can read more about my favourite NA crushes over at Lola’s Book Reviews (here)
Holly swoon fest! When I read Eversea I decide that I had never read such a lip blighting, breath accelerating, hot non-kissing kissing scene- That is until Natasha and Jack pulled it out of the bag with Forever Jack! give us even more non- lip smacking swoons. What that boy can do with his hands! *fans self*
What I loved the most about Keri Ann was her determination to be her own woman. Despite at times being overwhelmed by Jack the celebrity (her reactions when ever she “realised” who she was with felt so normal)she never allows herself to be swayed by Jack’s status, she doesn’t take any crap, calls him out on his arrogance (sorry, confidence), she doesn’t want to be caught up with the Hollywood scene or have her fifteen minutes of fame. Once she finds the courage to step out of her comfort zone and really begin her life, she is determined to hold on to her own dreams and identity.
Eversea finishes on what I consider to be one hell of a clift hanger. This was definitely one of those time where I am glad to come late to the party. Rather than have to wait for publication,or even approval from netgalley, I was able to Immediately download ( I love ebooks) and start reading the sequel Forever Jack. Verdict: I am a fully paid up member of the Jack Eversea fan club Reviewed by Caroline