Monday, May 11, 2015

Beach Man by Annabel Foxx- Virtual Book Tour and Review

Beach Man

By Annabel Foxx
Genre:  Sexy Contemporary Romance; steamy romance
Publication Date: MARCH 30, 2015

Book Synopsis:

Kim is a former dancer, who feels trapped in a loveless marriage to a jealous wealthy older man. He blames her for crippling him in an auto accident that he himself caused. They live in a gorgeous beach house in the town of Scorpio Beach, an up-and-coming beach town on Long Island.

Kim strives to make the marriage work, despite her husband’s blame, verbal abuse and bitterness.

During a heat wave, Kim meets a wickedly handsome man on the beach. She fights not to want him, not to want a new life and not to fall in love. But Derek is seductive and irresistible—a former soldier who recently comes to town to start a landscaping business. Kim falls hard for him, and he becomes addicted to her.

Although Kim wants a divorce, her husband finds out about their affair, and devises a plot to destroy them both. They must struggle to survive a web of lies, deceit and dangerous passion.*

*(Due to adult themes and sexual content, this book is recommended for mature readers.)

My Review:
Beach Man (The Scorpio Beach Series Book 1)Beach Man by Annabel Foxx
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kim is a former dancer who fell in love with and married a much older man. Things were great at first, but her husband became increasingly controlling, jealous, and eventually her marriage turned into something very cold and abusive. As she walks on the beach outside her home, she sees a man walking his dog and is intrigued and then very attracted to this man. Derek is quickly attracted to Kim, and they find themselves in a steamy affair where Kim finds a physical connection she has never experienced. Kim's husband finds out about the affair and makes a plan to destroy both Kim and Derek's life.

This is a book with a lot of drama and some pretty intense plot twists and turns. Kim is an easy character to empathize with, and it was difficult to see her trapped in a relationship where for a long time she was being faced with baseless accusations and was treated very poorly. Derek was a tough character for me to like because while he had some good qualities, I found some of his controlling behaviors to be challenging. There was no denying the physical chemistry between Kim and Derek, and the situation they were in was definitely exciting. Kim's husband is a very scary person and it was difficult to watch someone with so much anger and bitterness wield so much power. I would have liked a little more character development, and at times I found the dialogue a little choppy. Overall, the story line in this book kept me engaged and reading to see what happened.

*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review

Annabel's bio:
I love to read and write novels.  I'm also a loner, who loves to drink copious amounts of coffee--and I won't turn down a good bourbon if it's offered by a handsome man... or indeed, by any kind and generous man.

I'm a Scorpio, and I love the beach.  I have a background in graphic design and creative writing.  My mother kept diaries and wrote short stories about Christmas, old lovers and travel.
My cat, Count Elvis, loves cognac and Pop Tarts.

Reading on the beach is one of the great delights of life.  Sun, sea and sand.  Ahhh... and then I pick up a book and dive into a story.   I love everything gold: golden tans, golden hair, golden sunsets and golden earrings.  

My husband, Dane, is a diver and sun worshiper.

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