Author: Jo Malone
Rating: 4.5 stars
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Blurb: There’s a very fine line between blushing bride and mascara-streaked sobbing mess. #beenthere
Lily Swanson has been planning her perfect life since she was twelve years old: Meet Mr. Right, have the big white wedding, buy a house in the ‘burbs and raise 2.5 picture-perfect kids. However, when her fiancé bails, leaving Lily alone at the altar to face 500 gossipy guests, her dream turns into a nightmare. But then Lily makes an impulsive descision– she ditches the dress, grabs her passport, and heads off to Thailand to spend her honeymoon alone.
Or so she thinks…
Because Lilly quickly learns that everything in Thailand is very hot-the weather, the merchandise, and especially Damien–the sexy, spontaneous man she meets before her feet even hit the sand. Now with no plan, and nothing holding her back, Lily lets Damien lead her on a wild, unpredictable ride to the world’s most exclusive party, Burning Moon. But after a week of letting go, indulging her every impulse and desire, Lily must go back to the girl she used to be. Or can Damien convince her that their party doesn’t have to end?
Review: I didn’t expect to love this novel as much as I did. The description was cute and I knew it would be a romance so therefore would have a happy ending, but it really became a journey of emotions and maturity–and that made it extra special for me.
Lily had an awful childhood. I’d go so far as to say she had been abused, living with a mother who was an addict. Even though it wasn’t the normal addict lifestyle with no food and extreme poverty, her mother being a well-known actress, she lived with constant chaos her first twelve years. Moving a lot and seeing drug use and promiscuous behavior right in front of her. Luckily her father was able to get custody and she felt so comfortable in a normal lifestyle she swore she’d always have that.
So when her wedding dissolved into a huge catastrophe, she was thrown into chaos again. There was enough of a fighting spirit in her that she decided to go on her honeymoon alone. She couldn’t stand being at home and having everything remind her of what hadn’t happened. Thailand? You bet!
Thus begins her quixotic journey not only into Thailand but into her psyche. Meeting Damien and getting to know him opened up so many traits she had that she’d forgotten about. And I love the Burning Moon festival–reminds me of Burning Man here but much more exotic.
Great romantic escape novel with interesting characters and an unbelievable backdrop. Read it!