Title: Vanishing Act
Author: A.M. Madden
Release Date: June 20, 2017
After personal heartbreak and professional setbacks, Landon Price is running on empty. If he doesn’t take a break from the public eye soon, he’ll risk becoming another cautionary tale in a town that’s full of them. So in between film projects, Landon asks his agent to clear his schedule and then he simply . . . vanishes. Renting a discreet home on a remote Hawaiian beach for the summer, Landon begins to recharge. And in the process of finding himself, he meets a beautiful, feisty local who challenges everything he thinks he knows.
Zara Jobert has no interest in being a conquest for a cocky playboy from the mainland—even one with undeniable charisma and movie-star good looks. So she’s pleasantly surprised when the handsome newcomer’s persistent advances mellow into cozy banter and a sneakily seductive intimacy. When Landon reveals his true identity, Zara’s hurt that he lied, but she doesn’t care that he’s famous. Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same way. And falling for Landon might come with a heartbreaking choice—between Zara’s old life, and a new love.
A.M. Madden delivers a sweet summer romance with Landon and Zara’s story in Vanishing Act. Set in Hawaii, this novel effortlessly transported me to the small island that Zara called home and had me falling in love with the very swoon-worthy Landon in no time at all. Vanishing Act overflowed with hilarious banter, adorable flirtations and deliciously sexy moments, delivering an interesting twist on the Hollywood love story. Landon and Zara’s chemistry was obvious from the start and I absolutely adored the electric push and pull between them. This couple felt fated in a way that was as beautiful as it was amusing and I found myself smitten by their developing relationship. I especially enjoyed uncovering the deeper connection that seemed to pull at this duo, discovering the ways in which they both complimented and challenged one another. Landon and Zara made for a unique pair and I definitely became invested in their happily ever after.
Landon stole my heart right from the start and I loved unraveling the man behind the award-winning actor. Everything about this character intrigued me and I kept reading in hopes of uncovering more about his history and personal motives. A.M. Madden did a great job developing this character – giving him a back story and personality that made my heart totally melt and left me rooting for him even when things got complicated. Zara was a bit of a puzzle to me at first and I had trouble deciding how I felt about her for a while. Her initial behavior was a little erratic and somewhat immature, leaving me to question what kind of heroine she would become. As the story progressed however, A.M. Madden exposed the pains of Zara’s past and made her easier to relate to. I quickly found common ground with this character and began to understand and appreciate her evolution over the course of the story.
Despite the many challenges A.M. Madden has set out for this couple, Vanishing Act is relatively low on drama. Landon and Zara’s journey isn’t action-packed or fueled by explosive emotions. Their relationship seems to develop more slowly, a smolder that eventually burns bright and hot. The nature of the storyline meant that the pacing was languid and there were definitely times where I wanted a bit more intrigue to move the book forward. However, the leisurely pace also gave Vanishing Act a vacation feel and I appreciated the relaxed tone the author set. Filled with colorful secondary characters, Zara and Landon’s story was never dull and I loved getting to know the vibrant personalities that completed their respective lives. A.M. Madden’s writing continues to sparkle, bringing this novel to life with her brilliant imagery, genuine emotion and unforgettable characters. Vanishing Act is another entertaining and touching read from this incredible author and the perfect summer read!
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A.M. Madden is a USA Today bestselling author, as well as 2016 eLit Gold Medalist for Best Romance Ebook, and 2016 Ippy Award Silver Medalist for Best Romance Ebook.
A.M. is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels, and now an author.
“It’s all about the HEA.”
A.M. Madden is the author of the popular Back-Up Series, as well as several other contemporary romances. She is also a published author with Loveswept/Random House and Ever After Romance.
A self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good book. She also uses every free moment of her time writing, while spending quality time with her three handsome men. A.M. is a Gemini and an Italian Jersey girl, but despite her Zodiac sign, nationality, or home state, she is very easy going. She loves the beach, loves to laugh, and loves the idea of love.
A.M. Madden, Independent Romance Author.