Book: My Unconditional Valentine
Author: Denise Wheatley
Series: The Holiday Chronicles #2
Genre: Contemporary, Interracial, Adult Romance
Publication Date: February 15, 2019
Blurb: Interracial entertainment industry it couple Sasha Williams and Drake Lancaster are still going strong. Her impeccable publicist skills have kept him on the A-list, helping Drake land the lead role in a major Valentine’s Day movie. When filming wraps, the couple plan on heading to Cabo San Lucas, inviting both their families along to meet for the first time.
But plans go astray when Drake reverts back to his bad boy ways during filming and gets into a huge altercation with the director. He’s booted from the movie and replaced by Mitch Morrison, a hot young African-American actor who’s recently taken Hollywood by storm.
While Drake struggles to repair his image, Mitch hires Sasha to help manage his burgeoning career. The move infuriates Drake, but Sasha insists it’s a great business opportunity. She doesn’t realize Drake’s threatened by Mitch’s good looks and charismatic personality and is worried the pair will bond over their African-American heritage.
The stress of it all puts a strain on the couple’s relationship, especially when Mitch admits to Sasha that he’s developed feelings for her and she realizes the sentiments may be mutual. With the pressures of Sasha and Drake’s rocky union continuing to mount, the anticipation of their families meeting, and Sasha’s elusive affections towards Mitch, the couple can’t help but wonder whether their once booming relationship is about to crash. In the end, they must figure out whether their love is strong enough to withstand these challenges and carry them through this Valentine’s Day.
Uber-publicist Sasha Williams and reformed bad boy movie star Drake Lancaster return to star in My Unconditional Valentine. Just when Sasha believes Drake has changed his ways, since she’d worked her butt off to land him a starring role in a big-time movie with an A-list director, Drake does the unthinkable and gets fired.
Again, the author delivers a fast-paced read with lots of sizzling chemistry not only between Drake and Sasha, but also Sasha and her new hot-and-upcoming client Mitch Morrison.
This is the second book I’ve read and reviewed for the author, and I must say I enjoy her writing style. No backstory hang-ups here. Or straying off track. The author sticks to the plot, she sticks to the main characters, and sprinkles in setting through the eyes of Sasha.
I read this novella in two nights, but easily could have polished off the 60K book in one night.
Sasha and Drake have lovely character arcs through this novel since their relationship is tested, especially with Mitch Morrison on the prowl, in hot pursuit of a very vulnerable Sasha who has no idea if her newfound coupledom will survive since Drake has withdrawn from her and them.
I liked this part of the romance. I like when relationships are tested. And I like being a fly on the wall, watching how couples handle tough times, because it’s tough times that make a relationship stronger. Anyone can stay together if each day is roses and sunshine, but what about when a storm hits? Then another storm? And more storms? This is where love is tested.
Being young and not very experienced since she’s devoted her life to establishing a career (Sasha had one relationship that I know about that fell apart, all because she wouldn’t take a back seat to her big-shot boyfriend’s career), I eagerly waited to see how Sasha would handle this hurdle, because in her newest relationship, it’s the same thing—both have demanding jobs.
I liked how the author took me through this trying time. I won’t say too much or I’ll give away the plot, but Sasha faces an almost irresistible temptation while balancing her career.
It’s a great lazy-day Saturday afternoon read, and I recommend picking yourself up a copy. You won’t be disappointed.
Have you read My Unconditional Valentine? Do you agree with my review? If you haven’t read the book yet, are you now curious enough to give it a try? Let me know in the comments. Remember to always be respectful in your posts.