Duplicity written and self-published by Lisa J Hobman is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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Fin Hunter has spent his life striving for his father’s elusive love and approval by following a life path set out for him and not of his own choosing. However, when he is yet again blamed for something out of his control, he snaps. Deciding to stand on his own two feet, he chooses to follow his true passion – music. But will he find real happiness?
Star Mendoza is living her dream in Edinburgh, a place she discovered in British novels while growing up in a small USA town. Now working in a city coffee shop, the tattooed, pink-haired young woman fantasises about the handsome businessman she serves daily. He’s totally out of her league but a girl can dream. Suddenly he stops calling in only to show up again in the most unlikely of places. Could her fantasy now become a reality? Or is the attraction of opposites doomed to fail?
I adored this story from Lisa J Hobman, her ninth contemporary romance novel. Lisa’s words have a way of drawing you into the location of the storyline and the characters, I felt that I was there living the hopes and dreams and riding the waves of the emotions with the characters. I also feel that Lisa is a great advocate for Scotland and its raw, natural beauty. This particular story takes us to Edinburgh where we follow two particular people very different from each other who find a magnetic pull between them that keeps drawing them together.
Fin Hunter is a shy man who from a young age has tried to gain his parent’s love and attention and to please them. Fin’s parents have had a great deal of guidance shall we say in his life, they persuaded him to take up law and work for the family firm and lined up a very suitable young lady for a wife for him. The story starts when Fin is due to marry this suitable young lady. Fin was petrified his life was running out of control, he was confused to how he truly felt about Elise, his bride to be. When events don’t go to plan Fin starts to realise that maybe this is the jolt he needed to step back from his parents stronghold and stand on his own two feet and learn to experience life’s greatest adventure of finding true love. With his professional and personal life in turmoil Fin finds solace with his friends at the local club, which so happens to be karaoke night. Fin has always loved music, especially rock, through the bravado of alcohol Fin takes to the stage and literally rocks the place. This shy, unassuming man turns into a rock god with a voice oozing sex appeal. The audience love him and he catches the eye of a certain pink haired young woman.
Star Mendoza moved from America to live her dream of working and living in the city she read about in her favourite novels, Edinburgh. Star is a very likeable young woman who loves to be individual with her style, which at present she is rocking a striking pink and blonde hair do. Star loves working in the coffee shop especially when a shy, suited young man pops in for his daily caffeine fix. Star is disappointed when she learns something about this young man and when he disappears for a while she is left forlorn. However, seeing him at the club in a totally different light mesmerises her. Like polar opposites the pair are attracted to each other. However, Fin has a lot of personal heartache to deal with and is so confused with which way to turn and who to trust anymore.
Can this unlikely pair help each other overcome obstacles and help them learn to trust and find the true meaning of love?
This story was gloriously addictive. I fell for Fin, the pressure he was under, his whole life was just so tragic, a childhood and now adulthood of lost opportunities. When his double persona was unleashed it was exciting and quite captivating to watch him unfurl. The chemistry between Fin and Star was felt in abundance and my heart broke for each hurdle they had to face. A stunning, emotive story 5/5*
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