CAMERON ENDERS seems to have it all: a brand new condo in a city she loves, a top executive position at an international entertainment firm, an insane amount of money, and a gorgeous boyfriend. But when Cami catches the boyfriend in the act with another woman, it triggers all the anguish from years of neglect by her parents, and she realizes she never learned how to love or be loved. Cami flees to the remote tropical island of Tarah, but she can’t avoid facing her problems any longer when she meets the man of her fantasies…
TRISTAN MICHAELS, one of Hollywood’s hottest new stars, has come to Tarah to ride out a storm. His girlfriend of five years has been caught on camera cheating, and she’s determined to make Tristan stop the story from breaking.
But Tristan’s done cleaning up her messes. He needs to escape all things Hollywood for a while–and especially the firm that represents him–until the whole thing blows over. What he doesn’t count on is meeting an irresistibly beautiful woman, a woman who just so happens to be the CEO of the firm he’s trying to avoid.
Can Tristan and Cami help each other learn to trust and love again, or will their histories of betrayal tear them apart?
Rating 4 out of 5
Finding Love’s Wings was beautiful. The story, the characters, the emotions, the words; they were all beautiful. I sat down to read this and I really didn’t know what to expect. This is Zoey Derrick’s debut novel and I never read reviews of a book when provided with a copy and asked for an honest review. I don’t want to be influenced or jaded or have my review shadowed by other reviews in my head. So, I set out to read this book and at 28% I was texting Danielle:
“HOLY SHIT! THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! I’m only at 28% and I am addicted and panting! I can’t believe she asked us to review her book. Zoey Derrick is going to be huge!”
Yep, that’s what I said and I’ll stand by it. The heroine, Cami, is so easy to love and yet she doesn’t know what to do with love because of her upbringing (or lack thereof as the case may be). In the opening chapters, you can really feel her loneliness. I felt crushed for her after Reed’s infidelity, but thankfully, her character is not some young, naïve woman who sits and wallows. Cami runs. She runs to a tropical paradise to hide and not lick her wounds as most women would do, but to gather her thoughts and make a plan. She knows that she is a damaged and understands why, but her inner strength keeps her going. Just the kind of girl I could look up to.
And then there is Tristan Michaels who is also running from the effects of a loved one’s infidelity. He is supremo book boyfriend material. Being a Hollywood heartthrob, he is obviously yummy, but just like Cami, “I can’t help myself. When it comes to tattoos, I’m a sucker every single time.” But Tristan wasn’t just some tattooed yumsicle. He was an absolute doll and the things he does when wooing Cami are just heart and panty melting sweet! He is such a good man that he was willing to take some of the heat off of the dirty slut whose actions hurt his heart and possibly his career. Who does that?
I loved that this book is not the typical “poor girl meets rich boy and he saves her from the big, bad world” storyline. These characters were strong, intelligent, and aware of what they are facing. They were on equal financial terms and had some equally hurtful baggage. But despite the fact that they came to Tarah to hide, they can’t hide from or deny the pull that’s between them. Zoey writes each scene with awareness and sensuality. From a small caress to the dirty deed, Zoey writes with a flaming pen that heats up your core and had me reading faster to see where things were going to go.
And then there is the body art in this book! I was Googling “corset piercing” and drooling over the results. Both Cami and Tristan are walking canvases of art with multiple piercings and tattoos between them and their body art plays a big role in the characters’ attempts to open up and share their stories. Hell, I’m jealous of Cami’s whole sense of style.
But I digress. This book is a wonderful blend of engaging characters with undeniable chemistry. It was a solid 4 because there were some editing issues and the ending felt a little rushed. Could there be more of Tristan and Cami coming in the future? Regardless, I will definitely read future work from Zoey Derrick. I think she has a promising future in the book world. Thanks Zoey for the opportunity to provide an honest review in exchange for a copy of your book. Well done!
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