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?
What a second book, we finished not too long ago Sexiest Man Alive with a cliffhanger and Sexiest Couple Alive takes it from there. Nate and Olivia are still struggling with their relationship and how to deal with each other after all the time has passed even though Olivia has decided to tell Nate that she still loves him. But, we have Troy come into the picture again with more threats.
If you have read Sexiest Man Alive, then you know exactly what I am referring to and just like me you want to kick Troy’s ass. I always enjoy great villains and Troy is despicable! You know there is some great writing in there, I always think it is easier to write good characters that we reader love, but it cannot be that simple making a good solid hateful baddie and here we have hit the jackpot!
The book is still super easy to read and again so surprised that I went through it quickly yet again! Based on the title alone, we know there is a resolution in terms of Nate and Olivia coming back together, so this is not really much of a surprise, what I enjoyed was really the how! Now that was super fun and masterful thanks to Isla and Josh.
There were a less flashbacks this time around because the previous book pretty much set the stage for what is happening now. We do get a few surprises and a really really lovely ending, and I do believe that the next book will likely be about Isla and Josh and that one is going to be interesting if that happens (pretty please!!!).
I have really enjoyed the two books quite a lot and they are really nicely written with 2 main characters that are really complex and yet at their core genuine nice people who made a wrong decision once upon a time and fought to get back together.
So there you have it, Sexiest Couple Alive is a fantastic sequel and I will admit freely that it is a relief we get a resolution is this book and not have to wait for book 3. My only possible point of contention is the cover. The image of Nathan Weller for Sexiest Man Alive is absolutely stunning and in complete match with the title, however for Sexiest Couple Alive, I thought it wasn’t as sexy and I could not feel the spark between them on photo. Maybe I am being too picky, but I don’t know… Given the choice the cover of book one could go on my wall no problem if I were 16 still. What do you think?
Love can heal and love can make you soar, but Nate’s expression said my love had broken him. The thought of Nate not knowing how much I wanted him back shattered me. As his eyes filled with utter confusion, he waited for me to continue.
Then why didn’t you ask me?” Nate scowled. “What changed your mind? Or should I say who changed your mind?” He didn’t wait for me to answer. Instead, he gripped his hair with his fists and walked away.
It isn’t what you think.” I searched for the best words to explain.
I might have screwed up finding the right words. It was hard to concentrate with him standing there shirtless, water dripping slowly down his chest from his wet hair. God, he looked sexy as hell. He had no idea what he was doing to me. I wanted to lick every single drop. In my mind, my hands traveled all over his toned chest, wiping away the water like I was his towel.
Nate glared at me, unbelieving, as if he expected me to lie. Then he rushed to me and punched the wall with an expression of rage I’d never seen. His body so close to mine, almost touching, caused my focus to slip away.
“Don’t fuck with me, Olie,” he gritted through his teeth. “It isn’t what I think? I wasn’t given the chance to think.” He pointed to himself. “There wasn’t much to think when I saw Troy practically on top of you.”
I had known that moment would cause me problems. Nate’s expression eased when I began to tremble. His anger and how he’d reacted seemed to surprise him, too. I found my composure again and continued before he had another episode that was so out of character. There was no going back.
“I couldn’t tell you because of Troy. Not because I wanted to be with him, but because I was scared of him.”
His eyebrows pinched at the center, and his pitch rose again. “What do you mean you were afraid of him? Did he threaten you? Did he hurt you?”
When I nodded through unrelenting tears, Nate guided me to the bed with his hand on my back. I wiped my cheeks and sat next to him. His proximity drove me insane, especially when my hand accidently grazed his chest.
“Tell me everything.” he said softly, but it was more of a demand. I could tell his anger had turned toward Troy and away from me.
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.