Everything in Lia Meyers’ life seems perfect. She’s made the move ‘across the pond’ to start a new life with the man of her dreams and is impressing her new bosses as the executive producer of a popular news magazine program.
Alastair Holden, the enigmatic Englishman who has Lia’s heart, puts her above all else, even at the expense of his billion-dollar worldwide media empire. Lia couldn’t be luckier, right?
But her lavish world of hearts and flowers soon turns upside down. Living under the white hot spotlight of the Holden family empire proves to be more complicated than she anticipated. She doesn’t know who to trust and questions the motives of her closest friends.
To make matters worse, Alastair begins to revert back to his closed off ways. When a life changing event thrusts him into chaos, Lia must decide if a diamond really is forever or if she should learn to cut her losses.
‘Effortless’ seems an unlikely title for the final story in the ‘Breathless series’. Alastair’s and Lia’s relationship appears anything but effortless. Lia struggles with his increasingly devious ex lovers and Alastair refuses to accept loving Lia is strength rather than a weakness.
This third book, concentrates on the internal emotions between Alastair and Lia and less on the external setting of the TV news programme and Alastair’s international multimedia corporation. As the final book in the series it’s fine but it would be difficult to understand all the players, if you haven’t read books 1 & 2.
The emotional upheaval and sexual dependence of Lia and Alastair is dominant and angst ridden throughout the story. This isn’t an easy book to read but it does give the story a realistic edge that makes it worth reading.
Lia appears to be losing her independence as this story progresses and you can understand why. Thankfully her strong character returns, as she fights for her man and their love against hostile outside forces, which number the paparazzi, shameless ex girlfriends and Alastair’s tendency to press the self destruct button, whenever he feels life is too good and he doesn’t deserve it.
‘Effortless’ and the whole ‘Breathless’ series is a well written exploration of emotional and sexual dependence and the borderline between love and obsession. The ending is charmingly romantic and a lovely contrast to some of the story’s darker themes.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.