23-year-old aspiring artist Sophie Walker can think of no better place than the exotic paradise of the Maldives Islands to escape the wrath of her controlling parents, the monotony of her boring legal work and her passionless boyfriend. With her two best friends along for the ride and to help her find herself again, Sophie is not prepared for the enigmatic Clayton Sinclair. Clayton comes from another world of privilege that seems like a fantasy to Sophie. Can this man introduce her to the passion & seduction she never realized she was desperately searching for? Sophie quickly becomes ensnared in Clayton’s seductive web until a shocking treachery makes her question her judgment and actions…
I absolutely adored this book. Sophie is a charmer, and I felt for her situation. I was a tad bit disappointed she refused to have a conversation with Clayton (don’t want too give to much away here), but I’m not surprised for a variety of reasons. Her personality was awesome along with her insecurities with herself and with Clayton, not to mention uncertainty with their relationship/future. She’s a young girl on the brink of discovering life and all its magical and mundane experiences. Her besties add to the story, their humor was delightful, equal to their loyalty and undying support.
Clayton was your standard alpha male, minus the unhealthy control we read so much about, rather it was replaced with dominance in a good way. These two were a perfect fit together. Given their age difference, status and life experience the entire narrative and characterization entirely plausible. He is mature lacking the stuffiness and playfulness an older gent often possesses. I couldn’t imagine a better match for Sophie as she opens her heart and intimate self to a man utterly smitten and captivated by her. The reader undeniably feels their mutual chemistry, frustration, and realization of their connection.
The best part of Mad Love was the fact Sophie is in control but out of control. She is not coerced in any way, she knows exactly what she wants and knows it is what it is. Incredibly mature and I was thrilled she wasn’t a promiscuous girl, that angle alone made this a standout. A strong, independent young woman having the best time in her life, she is declaring her independence to the world and to herself.
Abedi shapes a great romance, with humor and conflict we all have experienced at one time. A great first love story fully conceivable.
Perfect ending and I am so looking forward to the continuation of Sophie and Clayton. A must read for romance lovers, perfect for a summer beach read. Abedi clearly knows the fine art of crafting an entertaining romance narrative with catchy characters.