Title: Forgotten Paradise
Author: Shira Anthony
Series: Dreamspun Desires
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 4/15/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 116
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
When a mega company threatens to take over his family-owned business, programming prodigy Adam Preston escapes the stress with a much-needed vacation in the Dominican Republic. There he meets attractive, intelligent, insightful Jonah James, a scuba dive instructor, and what starts as a holiday fling soon blossoms into much more.
But Jonah has a secret: ten years ago he woke up on an island beach with no idea how he got there… or even who he is. Their paradise may not be as perfect as it seems. When Jonah’s memories come crashing back like waves on the sand, will it be Adam clinging to the proverbial life raft, or will the two men find a safe harbor to ride out the storm?
When Adam is convinced by his family to take a well earned, all-inclusive holiday, he still can’t quite escape his work stress. His brother wants to sell to another business who are putting pressure on them but Adam wants to keep the company he, and his father before him, worked so hard to build. What Adam didn’t expect to happen was that he would meet a man that would understand him and that he would be so drawn to. When he goes for a session of diving, he is more than happy to find that it is Jonah that is his guide. The more time the two spend together, the closer they grow but despite Adam being open, it takes until the end of his one week holiday for Jonah to open up and tell him how he has no idea what his real name is and that he has no memory prior to him washing up on a nearby island, ten years ago. On their last night together, Adam inadvertently manages to trigger Jonah’s memory and he is shocked to discover who he used to be. What he can’t do, is tell Adam. It’s a miracle that he believed his amnesia story. He’ll never believe these new details.
I’d say that the first third of the book was pretty slow going and I was starting to yawn. There’s really not an awful lot happens and I didn’t get why, when the men only had one week together, they spent so much time dancing around their feelings and wasting their short period of time together. Thankfully, as soon as Jonah’s memories came flooding back, it got really interesting. The men were both likeable and there are a few unexpected twists and turns that kept me gripped and unable to stop reading. I’m pleased to say that not only is there no cliff-hanger but the pair do get a well deserved HEA.