Hidden in Laguna

Cheryl Phipps
Hidden in Laguna
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Publisher
Cheryl Phipps
Release Date
November 2016
Genre
Contemporary Romance

SUMMARY
‘The one' can sometimes be hidden in plain sight.
Ballet dancer, Tania Patterson had the world at her feet until a terrible accident destroyed her career. Alone and devastated, after her boyfriend deserts her, she finds her way to Laguna beach, determined to start a new life as a wedding planner.

Braden Dorn was once a sought after piano player. Everyone wanted a piece of him, especially his grasping step-father, and then his world shattered. Now he must pick up the pieces of his life and start again.

For two wounded souls, love might be too much to ask when hearts have been shattered, and self-protection means everything.

Book Review by Avonna Loves Genres (reviewer)
Jan 13, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
69 people found the following review helpful
LAGUNA BEACH: HIDDEN IN LAGUNA by Cheryl Phipps is an extremely short novella that is easily read in one sitting. It is part of the Laguna Kindle World.

Tania Patterson has settled in Laguna Beach to build a career as a wedding planner after an injury that destroyed her future as a professional ballerina. The injury was not an accident. She was betrayed and feels she will never be able to fully trust another man again. She has built a wall around her emotions, but she starts to feel again when she listens to Braden play the piano.

Braden Dorn is an extremely talented piano player, who gave up his career and shattered when he could no longer take his step-father's abuse and exploitation. He is a serial dater and never believes he will find a woman to tell his secrets and love like his two older brothers. Something is different when Tania is around and he isn't sure how to handle these new feelings.

This novella is only 98 pages long and is packed with Tania and Braden's romance, both characters' back stories, some emotional growth on both their parts, sex scenes and the emotional reconciliation between all of the brothers. I just feel it was way too short for all the subplot threads. Braden is more fully formed in my opinion than Tania, but the lack of a substantial emotional feeling for either left the story two dimensional for me. I felt the sex scenes were well written, but overall, I was not emotionally invested in their romance.
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