Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: Hamptons Heartbreak by Tara Leigh

Hamptons Heartbreak by Tara Leigh is now live! 

One beach house.
Two months.
Countless lies.
What could go wrong?

It was supposed to be the perfect summer job.
Housesitting in the Hamptons.
And then he showed up.
Lance Welles.
Moody. Broody. Wealthy. Sexy.
And cocky. So damn cocky.
He’ll let me stay for the summer.
But only if I pretend to be his girlfriend.
I agree. Why wouldn’t I?
It’s not like I’ll fall in love.

The first time I saw Vivienne Radcliffe,
she was in a fire-engine-red bikini.
Setting fire to my house.
Well, not exactly my house.
The garden of my Hamptons estate.
She says the house is hers for the summer.
But it isn’t long before I realize . . .
I want Vivienne to be mine forever.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

When Vivienne’s life goes up in smoke, she takes a job maintaining a summer share house in the Hamptons. The last thing she’s expecting to find is love in the form of hot, wealthy, billionaire Lance Welles. Well, she doesn’t know how wealthy he is, at first, so she just thinks she’s getting to know a kinda rich guy.

So they spend the summer dating while fledgling interior designer Vivienne decorates the Hamptons beach house that she thinks Lance’s wealthy friend owns. Their relationship has an end date, which both of them don’t really want by the end of the summer, but neither one of them get over their issues to ‘fess up to the other.

I didn’t love that Lance lied to Vivienne about who he really is. I get why he did it, to see if she liked him or his bank account, but I hate when characters do that. Both of them have some insecurities — her not feeling like she’s worthy enough b/c of her jerk of an ex, and he has a whole suitcase of issues to unpack from his childhood — and those insecurities lead to several miscommunications between them. The biggest of all was Lance jumping to a very wrong conclusion, after treating Vivienne horribly, which led to their breakup.

There is a great grovel scene at the end, and that kind of saved this story for me. Because I really liked Lance up until that point, but then his ratings took a nosedive! But the end of this book was sexy and sweet, with a lovely HEA for the couple.

Hamptons Heartbreak is part of a series, but it is a standalone. Lance was a secondary character in other stories, and there are appearances by those couples in this book, but I didn’t feel like I was missing pieces of his history having not read the other books in this series.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Tara Leigh

Tara Leigh is a multi-published author of steamy contemporary romance. A former banker on Wall Street, she graduated from Washington University and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, but she much prefers spending her days with fictional boyfriends than analyzing financial spreadsheets. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children, and fur-baby, Pixie. She is represented by Jessica Alvarez, of Bookends Literary Agency.

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