Suzan Battah | Author of Mad About the Boy
Julia Mendoza is driven by the success of her business. Since her husband Carlos passed away at such a young age, her business By Design is her number one priority. In her late twenties she works too hard and doesnât take time out for fun. Annoyance with a pesky ex-friend has her begging one of the local surferâs with a cheeky smile in the grocery store to pretend heâs her boyfriend. Suddenly, life takes a sudden detour from her business plan; much to the delight of her boisterous Latin American family. Christophe Augustine is groomed to take over his fatherâs successful chain of luxurious hotels. With a wealthy French-American background, Chris has been given privileges that not many have. He works hard, plays harder but seeks approval and recognition above all else. Family is a top priority for him as he fights for custody of his young brother. His parentâs divorce has not diminished his faith in romance. When a gorgeous Latino woman changes one boring morning into an interesting game of role play, though reluctant to help at first, he soon realises sheâs not like the string of other women heâs known. A romantic first date ending dramatically doesnât stop Chris from wanting to know Julia more. And for Julia, sheâs all for a bit of fun but when things get too serious sheâs running the other way. Too alike, in some ways and complete opposites, in other ways, Julia and Chris fumble through fun moments, annoying confrontations, passionate times and heartbreaking revelations. Love has no boundaries when soul-mates meet but when one is ready to love and the other one isnâtâ¦.