Published by Harlequin on April 1st 2016
Genres: African American, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
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Desire is more than skin deep… When an international modeling opportunity called, Janna Morgan answered. The past nine years have brought her fame, fortune and supermodel status, but they haven't lessened her regret at leaving her high school sweetheart behind. A chance encounter proves that Austin Reynolds definitely hasn't forgiven her. But it also becomes clear that some flames just grow hotter with time… The handsome real estate mogul has one broken engagement on his résumé, but Janna was the only one to ever steal his heart. Their incredible connection reignites an undeniable passion in them both, and workaholic Austin rediscovers his lighter side. But soon another can't-refuse offer beckons Janna overseas. Will it be déjà vu…or is their love finally ready for the spotlight?
I received my new Harlequin monthly subscription box, and per my usual, I was giddy with excitement.
This first book I read from the box was Model Attraction by Sharon C. Cooper. I’ve read one or two of her books before but some reason, had no clue she wrote Kimani romance. Guess I’ve definitely been slacking on my pimpin’ :).
Model Attraction follows Janna Morgan and Austin Reynolds; once high school sweethearts whose plans for the future were derailed when Janna was offered a once-in-a-lifetime international modeling opportunity. With no time to spare, she left her hometown and boyfriend behind with seemingly no contact.
Nine years later, Janna and Austin see each other once again in Atlanta. While Janna initially held out hope that perhaps they could talk and see if there was any spark, Austin was having no parts of that. He never forgave Janna for walking out like she did and has unconsciously spent many years resentful and heartbroken, leaving no room for another woman. No woman has ever compared to his first love, as evident by his failed engagement.
Austin is keen on avoiding Janna but as we know, even the most carefully laid out plans can go awry. A spilled latte at the bakery, a steamy kiss at a charity auction, and an encounter at a mutual friend’s business, shows that these two can’t be away from each other too long. Can Janna and Austin move past the hurt and pain of their earlier years and reignite the high school flame that promised forever? Or will history repeat itself when Janna’s work comes calling once again?
I love a good second chance at love story so there were elements of this story that I definitely gravitated to. I also like the transition was a bit longer and smoother than we typically see in Harlequin romances. Let’s be honest here, we usually read about the couple falling in love and getting married within 2-3 weeks. Granted, the first half of the story took place within two weeks but it was a solid 4-6 months before we saw them walk down the aisle. In Harlequin romances, that’s a lifetime! I liked that we were able to see progression with these two.
I like for the attraction between characters to leap off the page and while I liked Janna and Austin quite a bit, I didn’t really get passion from them. They would be considered a light flame to me as opposed to a full fire. Other than that, Model Attraction is a really nice and easy read weekend read. While this book does feature two other sisters who had their stories told before, it’s not necessary to read their books in order to enjoy Model Attraction.
P.S. Kudos to Sharon C. Cooper for giving readers a peek into the glitz and glamor of a supermodel’s world. I knew and believed her profession which is a good thing. You would be surprised at how many romance novels I’ve read about career women (or men for that matter) where they hardly spent a dang day in their offices. 🙁