Title: Mad Love
Author: Colet Abedi
Series: Mad Love #1
Release Date: March 11, 2014
23-year-old aspiring artist Sophie Walker can think of no better place than the exotic paradise of the Maldives Islands to escape the wrath of her controlling parents, the monotony of her boring legal work and her passionless boyfriend. With her two best friends along for the ride and to help her find herself again, Sophie is not prepared for the enigmatic Clayton Sinclair. Clayton comes from another world of privilege that seems like a fantasy to Sophie. Can this man introduce her to the passion & seduction she never realized she was desperately searching for? Sophie quickly becomes ensnared in Clayton’s seductive web until a shocking treachery makes her question her judgment and actions.
Never having read anything by Colet Abedi before, I dove into Mad Love based purely on the synopsis of what sounded like a fun summer read. Mad Love delivered just that. I felt like I was on vacation while I read this story, in fact it really made me wish I was somewhere more exotic than sitting at home. Colet Abedi did a great job creating the sandy beaches and pristine oceans of this perfect paradise for her readers. The detail with which she wrote, pulled me onto that island and kept me soaking up the sun with her characters as we shared in their story.
Sophie is a mess. She has no self-confidence and she second-guesses herself at every turn. There were times when I wanted to yell at her (thankfully other characters did it for me) but I know how natural her fears were. She was a normal 23 year old trying to find her place in life and Colet Abedi wrote her as just that. On the other hand, Clayton was a force. Pure and simple. He is a wealthy, alpha male who always gets his way. He has a temper and a passion that explodes around Sophie. Their chemistry will have you in desperate need of a fan. Erik and Orie, Sophie’s best friends, were my favorite characters. They were vibrant and full of life. They made me laugh and always put a smile on my face, even when things were incredibly awkward or tense. I really hope we get to hear their story at some point in the future.
This story covers a lot of ground. We get to watch Sophie as she attempts to transform herself from a shy, innocent girl into a woman who knows who she is and what she wants. We see Clayton battle his need for control in order to have a chance at a relationship with the feisty and stubborn Sophie. We experience Sophie’s insecurities and fears and hope like crazy she finds a way to move past them. When their pasts both come back to stir up trouble, you can expect a crazy emotional ride. Just when you think you know where the story is going, it will surprise you. Be prepared, this book is the first book in a series and therefore the ending leaves much to be resolved.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Mad Love series:
Madly in Love (Mad Love #1.5)
Mad Love 2 (Mad Love #2)
Madly Addicted (Mad Love #2.5)
Colet Abedi has been an entertainment industry executive for over ten years. In addition to working on many television programs for NBC, ABC, FOX, and most cable networks, she is best known for her work as head writer for the telenovela serials American Heiress and Fashion House, the latter of which starred Bo Derek and Morgan Fairchild, on the FOX-owned MyNetworkTV. Abedi currently has one television series in syndication, Unsealed: Alien Files, and has completed Five Souls, her first feature film. She is also the co-author of young adult fiction novel, FAE. Book one was released July 2013 by Diversion Publishing Group and was an instant online bestseller. The Dark King, the second in the planned FAE trilogy, was released May 2014. FAE was recently optioned by Ridley Scott. Colet is a native of California, graduated with a B.A. in English literature from the University of California at Irvine, and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three dogs.