BECAUSE OF SYDNEY
by TA FOSTER
BLURB: Determined to establish a new life far from the ghosts of her past, twenty-two year old Sydney Paige is willing to try anything to launch her reporting career and quiet the painful memories of her family back home.
Money-driven Mason Lachlan knows exactly what he wants in life and how to get it. Nothing stands in the way of the successful millionaire’s next deal, not even the deeply-buried anguish he feels from being abandoned by his father and tucked away as a dark family secret.
When Sydney must report the biggest land deal to hit South Padre in years, Mason becomes the focus of her story. Problems surface when their undeniable attraction for each other compromises everything they both have worked for.
Can love exist when bottom lines and deadlines collide?
This is a standalone Contemporary Romance, there is NO cliffhanger!
What I thought about Because of Sydney
Mason Lachlan is a typical multi-millionaire dollar land developer, focused on his next acquisition and finding the perfect land to develop, even if that means displacing people out of their homes.
When Sydney Paige, a fresh-faced new reporter for the local business journal, gets assigned the story of the land developer taking down a trailer park on South Padre Island, she meets Mason. Several times.
At first, Mason doesn't want anything to do with a reporter -- his first rule being don't talk to the press. But when he runs into Sydney multiple times, Mason drops his own rules agrees to an interview, which turns into a bedroom romp because they just can't deny their physical attraction for each other.
There's a lot of heat between these two characters, even with Mason acting a bit like he has a split personality between his stiff, serious business demeanor and his playful side when he's with Sydney. And Sydney has her own baggage in her past that causes her a lot of pain. As their relationship develops, the question is whether Sydney can continue to report on Mason's business dealings while sharing his bed.
I love power-of-love stories where the guy falls hard and is willing to change his old ways to take a chance on a relationship. It's nice to see Mason fall for Sydney and inch his way toward a real relationship with her. It isn't hard to see what the conflicts are between them though, and there are some ups and downs before they can truly get to their HEA.
Because of Sydney is a nice compliment to the Eden series, and a must read if you have read that series, but it also works nicely as a standalone romance. It's a feel-good story that left me smiling.
ARC provided for review.
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