Saturday, 13 December 2014

Mad Love by Colet Abedi

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23-year-old aspiring artist Sophie Walker can think of no better place than the exotic paradise of the Maldives Islands to escape the wrath of her controlling parents, the monotony of her boring legal work and her passionless boyfriend. With her two best friends along for the ride and to help her find herself again, Sophie is not prepared for the enigmatic Clayton Sinclair. Clayton comes from another world of privilege that seems like a fantasy to Sophie.  Can this man introduce her to the passion & seduction she never realized she was desperately searching for? Sophie quickly becomes ensnared in Clayton's seductive web until a shocking treachery makes her question her judgment and actions.

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 Colet Abedi has been an entertainment industry executive for over ten years. In addition to working on many television programs for NBC, ABC, FOX, and most cable networks, she is best known for her work as head writer for the telenovela serials American Heiress and Fashion House, the latter of which starred Bo Derek and Morgan Fairchild, on the FOX-owned MyNetworkTV. Abedi currently has one television series in syndication, Unsealed: Alien Files, and has completed Five Souls, her first feature film. She is also the co-author of young adult fiction novel, FAE. Book one was released July 2013 by Diversion Publishing Group and was an instant online bestseller. The Dark King, the second in the planned FAE trilogy, was released May 2014. FAE was recently optioned by Ridley Scott. Colet is a native of California, graduated with a B.A. in English literature from the University of California at Irvine, and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three dogs.

Book Review -- Mad Love by Colet Abedi

Mad LoveMad Love by Colet Abedi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

The tale takes us through the lives of Sophie, who is suffering from an existential crisis, having quit law school, broken up with her fiancee and has also lost the friendship that they had shared, and Clayton, the dominating and self-absorbed, rich bully who is used to getting what he wants. Sophie and her two best friends are on a trip to Maldives, where she tries to soak her sorrows into the sea and get rejuvenated. She comes across Clayton, and falls for him despite him being nothing but a brat. Things take a turn when Clayton gets drawn to the Sophie, finding her naivete and innocence absolutely sweet and adorable. Will these two people, worlds apart in money, thoughts, idealogies and philosophies ever be able to get together, is what the story revolves around.

I have to say I began the book with some apprehensiveness. The plot is breezy and holds the reader's interest, no doubt. But the plot is slightly predictable and you can almost know the characters' next move. That said, the author has done a great job with the narration and the characterisation. This drew me more and more into the story. The cool mysticism of Maldives is brought forth in the story. The characterisation of Clayton came as a pleasant surprise - on first look he seems shallow, but he has his vulnerabilities. I love the fact that the author didn't mask a huge gory secret or a big baggage to justify his nasty demeanour. He is just a regular self-centered guy who has some goodness beneath all that money, and meeting Sophie just makes him realise what he is looking for in life. The whole portrayal makes him very easy to relate to.

I would definitely recommend the book to lovers of young adult romances

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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