||Jun 1 2001
Availiable May 2002
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Karen Meade is a rural farm widow and she and her two teenaged children have a new neighbor—Isaiah Highland, who is anything but the farm type. He is a rock-star looking for peace, starving for privacy, and he has found them both, and a whole lot more.
Karen and her children soon find themselves swept away into a world far removed from their little farm. A world of fame, fortune, and betrayal. Isaiah and Karen come from separate worlds. Worlds that are bound to collide. When they do, they must choose between their own versions of paradise, and each other
"Things have got to change, Iz…"
Karen walked over and stood behind him while he knotted the tie and adjusted it to rest just below his Adam’s apple. She wrapped her arms around his waist, rested her chin on his shoulder, and watched him in the mirror.
Slowly she ran her hands along the front of his shirt. She was distracting him and she knew it. “How am I supposed to make you happy, if I’m always worried about someone interrupting?” She watched his expression. That argument held particular interest for him and he was melting. She knew that, too. She didn’t let up. She had him right where she wanted him—on the edge of an emotional erection.
She smoothed his shirt across his shoulders squeezing them as she went. She felt the tension between his shoulder blades and kneaded the muscles there. He squirmed beneath the pressure of her fingers. Karen ran her hands down his back and past his waist pretending to smooth his pants over his butt.
“And just who is going to enforce these new rules?”
Ha! She had him.
Shelia Jordon Review
THE ROAD TO PARADISE
BY: Tami Parrington
Intrigue, infatuation, and attraction are the setting for this fast paced romance novel by Tami Parrington.
The Road To Paradise begins with a fast pace, heightens in the middle of the novel, and runs high from there with emotional conflict. Fasten your seat belts for this flight into the characters portrayed within this wonderful novel.
The first second Karen Meade spies Isaiah Highland through her field glasses she is intrigued. Life in her rural area has left her wanting for companionship, and she wends her way across the field separating her home from her new neighbor. Karen could never suspect the life-changing tornado that waits behind the closed door she knocks upon with her welcome basket in hand.
Isaiah finds himself involved in a love that spans his highly public career. Through the emotional trials of their relationship, the path that leads to trust becomes rough and rocky. He finds the challenge of love and family a mountain he is determined to cross. But, first he must convince Karen!
Will Karen and Isaiah join hands to jump the hurdles thrown in their path to make a family together?
I recommend this emotionally charged novel and look forward to more work from this author.
Pam Kock Review
The Road To Paradise
Type: Contemporary Romance
Karen Meade, a forty-year-old widow and mother of two teens, has much to keep her busy on the farm the family calls home. She is content, if a bit lonely. When she spies a moving van in front of the house closest to hers, she is curious and hopeful to find a new friend. Its new owner, however, isn’t even close to what Karen expected. The handsome Isaiah Highland, also known as Izzy, to his adoring fans worldwide – is a rock star. Alternately reclusive and mindful of his public image, he’s a bit of a mystery, with a deep loneliness of his own. Karen may not quite be ready for the life he has in mind for the two of them, but she can’t resist trying it on for size. Can the unlikely couple work out their differences and forge a life together?
The Road To Paradise gives new meaning to the phrase, be careful what you wish for – you just might get it. Who wouldn’t want to be whisked off to London at a moment’s notice on the arm of a famous rock star? Mrs. Parrington’s story informs us that this sort of life might just not be all it’s cracked up to be. Then again, it might be much better! It’s an intriguing premise. The novel flows well and holds the reader’s interest with lots of insight and humor. Some of the plot twists seem a bit contrived and too easily reconciled, but readers will find the ending quite satisfying.
The Road To Paradise is published by Writer's Club Press, and will be available in June 2002 in print. Tami Parrington shows great promise as a storyteller, and I look forward to reading more of her work. Fans of contemporary romance will find it an enjoyable read, true to its genre. Keep your eye on this author – she has more novels coming soon!
Pamela Kock is a freelance writer from southwest Ohio, and editor of Women On Writing’s Reading Room. You can e-mail Pam at email@example.com or check out her other projects at http://w3.one.net/~pkock .
Karen Klovett Review
THE ROAD TO PARADISE
By Tami Parrington
reviewed by Karen Lovett
When Karen Meade takes a welcome basket to her new neighbor, she is hoping to find another woman to talk with over coffee. She never realized how much that one basket was going to change her life. Sure, she gets lonely at times, but she has a nice life with her kids and her farm. She wasn't looking for a man in her life, especially a rock star with a penchant for women more interested in fun than responsibility.
The experience of jetting off to London for dinner and a ballet is something that was totally unexpected. So was life on the road with a rock band and two teenagers. She would be much more comfortable riding the fences in a pair of old jeans and boots, than wearing 3 inch heels and glamorous gowns to the outlandish parties of a rock band and their friends.
Isaiah Highland has the life that most people can only dream of. As a rock star on the road to a comeback, the last thing he needs is a woman to interfere with his life of luxury, sex and rock and roll. He isn't ready for the changes in his life brought about by a chance meeting with a neighbor. He is used to glamorous women that are more interested in having fun than living up to some sense of responsibility. He was just looking for a quiet place to get away from the hectic pace every once in awhile, not a new way of life.
If they are ever going to find their road to paradise, Karen and Isaiah will have to overcome many obstacles. Groupies, late night parties, long hours traveling, and cameras always stuck in your face would be more than enough to try to any relationship. A few secrets and an image that needs to be maintained are determined to detour the couple onto a road that seems to be going anywhere but to paradise.
Tami Parrington has succeeded in writing a novel that takes a responsible mother into the glamorous world of a rock star's life. You will find yourself turning the pages eager to find out whether she can get and keep the man that thousands want. You will feel her pain and joy as she struggles to come to terms with the ups and downs of her new dream life. You are left with a new found understanding that you may not always get what you are looking for, but you might find that the road you never expected to travel can be your road to paradise.
This book is a must read for anyone that has ever dreamed of a life that is even a little more glamorous than their own. Tami Parrington has done an excellent job of capturing the readers attention and sharing a multitude of experiences that most people never have the opportunity to enjoy.
THE ROAD TO PARADISE is set to be available in print during June of 2002 by Writer's Club Press. After reading this enlightening book, you will want to watch for more books by Tami Parrington. Her style of writing promises to bring even more enjoyment with each book she does. This is one writer that I plan on keeping an eye out for more of their books.
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