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Monday, May 23, 2011

Wish You Were Here by Phillipa Ashley

Wish You Were Here by Phillipa Ashley
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (287 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

It’s been eight years since Beth and Jack met on an exotic holiday that sparked a seriously promising romance, but then he disappears without a trace, and Beth’s life moves on. Now newly appointed CEO Jack Thornfield can’t believe his eyes when Beth’s resume drops onto his desk- and he’s never forgotten her. Office romances can be tricky and messy, but can these two make up for eight years and keep up their jobs?

Beth’s father has had a stroke and her little sister is still in school, so Beth needs to find a job to help with expenses. But she never expected to work for Jack!

Ms. Ashley’s main female character is Beth, a strong young woman who is facing a lot of challenges at home and in her personal life. Beth is vulnerable, ready to find a man to settle down with but not satisfied with the one who wants her, and quite formidable at work.

The main male character is Jack, who is good looking and in great shape and who has a past with Beth. He spends all his time working now and has no time for a relationship. However, that doesn’t stop him from being pursued by a beautiful blonde journalist.

Part of the charm of this story is watching the two main characters attempting to discourage the dates that are pursuing them and avoiding the attraction between them. They keep finding themselves in sticky situations where the sexual tension heats up to a foregone conclusion – and then getting interrupted!

Author Phillipa Ashley lives in the UK which gives the story a European flavor. Ms. Ashley used a few words I wasn’t familiar with, but that’s part of what makes reading stories from other countries more fun. You learn new terms as you read along. The author uses Corsica as the setting for the ending of the story and her words give you a verbal image of the island and its beauty.

The story has good continuity, a lively romance and foreign travel which makes it entertaining to read. I really enjoyed this tale of two star-crossed lovers who find their way back to each other.