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Jan Moran can be counted on to deliver a fun yet often intriguing and suspenseful romance. Her “Love, California” series has taken me behind the scenes of the “beautiful people”, intelligent, strong women in the high stakes world of fashion and beauty. Something I love about this series is that while each book revolves around one of the women they all make appearances in the other books. These women are close friends, always supporting and encouraging each other – and always there for each other.
“Style” is a quick weekend read following an episode in the life of runway model Penelope Plessen. At a fashion show in New York, Penelope is horrified when a man pulls a gun. Fortunately no one is hurt but Penelope is quickly scooped up. Not until she is safe does she find that the man who came to her rescue was her ex-boyfriend Stefan. So begins the romantic ups and downs of most romance stories. But Ms. Moran’s series do have “meat” to them.
Stefan and Penelope were the “perfect couple” – she a beautiful and glamorous fashion model and he a handsome ex-Navy SEAL. But then Stefan betrayed Penelope with her best friend and Penelope cannot forgive him. When Stefan insists she have security around her she fights him, only agreeing when he says he will assign a female bodyguard within a few days when she wraps up her current assignment.
Upon her return to her home in California she is surrounded by the paparazzi and persistent texts from a man she has dated casually. And while Stefan is concerned for her safety, it takes blatant threats for Penelope to finally realize that perhaps she is in danger. With her friends around her and Stefan standing stubbornly by her side, she reevaluates her career options as one booking after another is cancelled.
Although this book is a romance, it is also about the complexity of relationships and the strength to carry on in your darkest times. I am looking forward to the release of the next book in the series, “Sparkle”, which will star Elena.
There was plenty of action in this one and there really was a chance that Penelope would make it to the end of the book which added another layer to this one. So someone is out to kill her, her career looks like it is completely over and she also has to work out her distrust and feelings for Stefan. I really liked how we finally got to know the real Penelope as even though we kinda new her she didn't have as much substance as the other ladies however now really get her. There was loads going on both good and bad that had me nibbling the inside of my mouth as I watched everything unfold.
This book was given to me as a pre-launch read for my personal and honest review. The quirky cover/runway model, Penelope Plessen, has been the avante garde character in this series. Although she may have quirky hair colours, she has presented creative support and loyalty to these five powerful business women as unique as she is. But now she needs them as a fashion show is the scene of a threat to her life, and she is coincidentally rescued by a former love. But can the power of love and everlasting friendship save her life. Once again, Jan Moran creates an exciting storyline with our most beloved characters from the 'Love, California series. I love the global travel, glamour and high tension mystery. The characters and physical descriptions are eloquently written for your ease of reading and entertainment. This was a great weekend read.