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Since You've Been Gone - Welcome to Paradise, Book 4
Jul 28, 2014 - 3:25:09 PM
For the past year, Austin Bishop has been trying
to avoid his family…and the secret he can’t bear to face. He knows he has to go home to Paradise eventually,
but that doesn’t mean the young photojournalist is going to rush to get there. When an assignment comes along to photograph
small town Main Streets, he grabs at the excuse to take even longer to come
home. Then fate throws a curveball at
him in the form of a sexy, stranded redhead.
Mari Smith is an out-of-work teacher whose car just died on her in the
middle of nowhere. Playing knight to
Mari’s damsel-in-distress seems like a good distraction for Austin at first,
but it’s not long before their new friendship turns into something more. Mari soothes him in a way no one else ever
has, and he’ll need her comforting presence if he’s to face what waits for him
at the end of his trip.
The youngest Bishop brother meets his match in the
fast-paced, fun and emotional SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE. I’ve adored every Bishop brother book in the
WELCOME TO PARADISE series and Austin’s is no exception.
Austin had his world turned upside down a year ago
when he uncovered a family secret, and it’s been eating at him ever since. He’s always been close to his family, but now
he feels like an outsider and he doesn’t take it well. Strangely enough, one of my favorite things
about SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE is that Austin doesn’t handle his altered view of
his family well. Author Elle Kennedy
does an excellent job of making Austin a realistic character, and there are
plenty of ups and downs for the whole Bishop family as Austin struggles to cope
with what he knows. Mari is the catalyst
for Austin’s change for the better, and I loved her for it. In fact, there’s pretty much nothing not to
love about Mari. Her exuberance and zest
for life is infectious, leaping off the page and bringing sunshine to the
story. Her relationship with Austin is
sexy as hell – as one might expect from an Elle Kennedy book – but more than
that, Mari and Austin are simply a great fit.
I loved watching these two swiftly fall in love.
SINCE YOU’VE BEEN
GONE is the fourth book in the WELCOME TO PARADISE series, but it can easily be
read as a standalone. Of course, all
your favorite heroes and heroines are back from WELCOME TO PARADISE, TAKE ME
HOME TONIGHT and BORN TO BE WILD, and it was lovely to see the whole Bishop
family together. Whether you’re an old
fan of this series or are just diving in with Austin and Mari’s book, you’re
sure to adore SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE.
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