Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Madelyn Stacilli spent twenty years with a husband who left her empty and insecure. She stayed for her son. When he prepares for college, she knows she cannot live without love and security any longer. She moves to Connecticut, and using the money from the divorce, buys a new home to start her new life. In addition, she opens a bookstore/cafe called Book Nook
She is not welcomed by her neighboring store owners, but is determined to make her new store a success in spite of them. She begins an online chat with a man called Easton 216; she is Bookcat. The anonymous relationship gives her the confidence to open up and talk about herself. Easton 216 gives her the emotional connection lacking in her marriage. However, it is a relationship she has no desire to move out of their private chat room.
British A-List actor, Bremond Lockwood, moves next door to Madelyn. He plans to get away from celebrity life for a short time before beginning his next project. When he meets Madelyn he is immediately taken with her and doesn’t hide his feelings. Unfortunately, her online relationship with Easton 216 makes her hesitant to begin a relationship with Bremond. Bremond willingly helps with the new bookstore, but wants a relationship with Madelyn, a relationship she seems reluctant to pursue. First he is famous and always in the limelight, second there is Easton 216.
This is a beautiful story of starting over, with two men who want more with Madelyn. Who does she choose? Her online relationship makes her feel emotionally secure. The handsome actor sets her on fire, but comes with a whole new set of troubles. I vote for the handsome actor, but then I don’t get a vote, too bad.
Madelyn is trying to open her store, and with help from Bremond starts to become a success. When she receives threatening letters, she assumes they are from one of her neighbors. She tries to decide whether the safe relationship or the open relationship was the way to go. Romance, sex, online and off and threats from an unknown person make this book a definite must read, especially when we are all stuck at home in quarantine.