Published by Harlequin on August 1st 2016
Genres: African American, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
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Rhythm of their hearts Slick lines and sweet nothings have zero effect on ambitious real estate developer Julie Dominick. Her love rules have thankfully saved her from dealing with messy relationship complications. But since R & B superstar Dante Wilson hired her to open his new Malibu nightclub, he's determined to add some pleasure to their business dealings. And Julie's strategy to protect her heart may not stand up to his seductive appeal. Growing up in a music dynasty, Dante enjoys all the female attention that comes with his fame. For the first time, he knows what it feels like to be brushed off by someone he's falling for. When his usual moves fall flat, he has to show Julie the real man behind all the glitz and glamour. Will it be enough to convince Julie that it's better to break the rules rather than risk losing love's passionate melody?
I’ve only recently been introduced to Synithia Williams via my Harlequin Kimani subscription and so far I’ve liked what I read. Her latest novel, A Malibu Kind of Romance, proves to be no different.
A Malibu Kind of Romance follows R&B superstar Dante Wilson and real estate nightclub developer Julie Dominick. Dante is used to getting every woman he wants and when he sets his sights on Julie, he believes she will be no different. Julie, however, has been bitten by someone in the music industry before and now has a strict set of rules, the most important being to never mix business with pleasure. Being that she’s working on a huge project with Dante, no matter how attracted she is to him, she is determined to not fall under his spell.
When Dante sets on his quest to get Julie, he realizes that he must strip away the Hollywood facade to get the woman that he wanted but didn’t know he needed.
A Malibu Kind of Romance was a short and easy read with a solid storyline filled with a bit of meddling from over-bearing parents, unwanted opinions, and HUGE trust issues. Julie had major trust issues and even when Dante put all of his cards on the table in a sincere effort, Julie wasn’t trying to hear it. Her determination to believe that Dante was just like every other man almost cost her the happiness she long craved but seemed afraid to fully go after. She let so many outside opinions get in her head when it came to dating and men, especially her friend Raymond’s, that at times I didn’t feel like she acted on what it was she truly wanted.
This book was quite tame when it came to the sensuality and romance that I’m used to reading in my Harlequin Kimani romance novels but it was a solid novel that is good for a nice weekend read.