Nathan Cross is a struggling actor waiting tables at a local restaurant to make ends meet while he attends endless auditions. Though his hopeful career moves at a slow pace, Olivia is the strength and sunshine in his life… until she leaves him. One day, he is offered a contract with a modeling agent, leading him to work for Knight Fashion Magazine—a dream job he never imagined would become a reality.
Olivia swore she would always put her career first and that’s precisely what she did when she left Nathan. Having a deadbeat dad and watching her mom work two jobs to make ends meet have been her driving force. When she is offered a modeling career, she drops everything—even the love of her life—and moves to New York.
Though Nathan and Olivia try to steer clear of one another, working for the same fashion magazine causes their paths to cross again and old emotions are awakened. Can Nathan forgive Olivia or will he take the next step with the woman he is currently dating? Will Olivia do everything she can to break them apart? Or will she choose her career over her heart… again?
The first time I heard about Sexiest Man Alive was in Cambria’s Nerds Facebook Group, someone posted the cover and well we all knew Nathan Weller as he was our most beloved Romeo from the Hashtag Series. Plus the book is called Sexiest Man Alive, was i really expected not to be curious???????
It needs to be said that the cover is absolutely gorgeous and Nathan looks amazing in it as Nathan! Well in here there is only one! I was lucky to have spotted the review opportunity and I jumped at the chance to be selected to do a review (Thank you dead host for the opportunity).
The book started slow and around maybe 2 or 3 chapters into it, it beautifully picked up and I could not put it down. It was really odd cause when I reached the last page on my kindle I was so stunned as it went really quickly. Just based on that we can deduct that it is a very easy enjoyable read with a nice and steady quick pace.
In the book we meet Nathan and Olivia who are in love but not currently together due to the fact that Olivia took the difficult decision of picking her career in NY rather than stay and marry Nathan. It’s a tough decision, it is tough to agree or disagree with what she did; though I thought there were other viable options IMHO.
I do not want to give you too much of the story after all there is the yummy book trailer and also the blurb, so I gave away quite a lot already!
The book switches PoVs back and forth between Olivia and Nathan and there is a lot of flashbacks on their relationship before they broke up as we are progressing into the aftermath. I thought it was really very nicely done and not at all disruptive in terms of the pace and the flow of the story. You guys know me, I am picky when it comes to pace and steady progress.
The characters of Olivia and Nathan are really nicely defined as individuals, as a couple with all the emotional baggage and new interactions. I found it quite difficult to pick a side, not that I really wanted to, but you can see from everything they are meant to be together and now the goal is on how to get them there again.
There are some great secondary characters as well in terms of Nathan’s modelling friends and colleagues, Isla who is Olivia’s roomie and even crazy Troy. That boy has issues!!
But frankly, though it started as my hearting the cover cause of Nathan, the book is really addictive and so well written and I cannot wait to read Book 2 called Sexiest Couple Alive! Should we take that as a hint as to what happens next?
What do you guys think?
Oh and if you wanted a start rating: 5 Stars
I ran my fingers through my hair, moving it away from my face. “You don’t have to stay, Nate. I mean, I appreciate you wanting to help my mom.”
He ignored me. “Let’s start with the box you’re holding.” He came toward me.
If I had handed it to him, everything would have been just fine. Instead, I backed away, tripped over a box full of books, and stumbled backward on top of my bed. The box in my hand went flying onto the floor.
Being a gentleman, Nate reached down to help me clean up the mess. Instead of putting things back into the box, he sifted through them.
“You still have these?” he asked, holding up a photo of us at a Valentine’s dinner. After he placed it down, he picked up a smaller box and opened it. It held the crystal bracelet he had given to me the last Christmas we spent together. It had been a while since I’d worn it. I’d thought about wearing it again, but not in front of him just yet.
I got off the bed reluctantly, wishing I could hide under the covers instead. Scattered about the carpet were more photos of us and some cards he had given me for my birthday, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. Nate always got me a card. He was sentimental that way.
He slowly peered upward at me with an expression I didn’t understand. Was he mad? Then, with a hint of a smile, he quickly placed everything inside the box, closed the lid, and handed it to me. After I took it from his hand, he stood up, facing me.
“I never threw anything you gave me away,” I said, looking down at the box. In the silence that followed, I wondered what he thought.
He heaved a long sigh. “You kept everything but me.” His words came out soft but harsh, and they were loud as thunder in my mind.
Hurt swam in his eyes. What do I say after that? He was so right. Before I had the chance to speak, he turned and walked out of my room, shattering my heart into pieces. I wanted to cry. I was reliving that night again, the very night I wanted to redo.
International Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance.
It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre.
It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.