NEXT SONG I SING
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Book One of the Next Time Around Series
Freshly divorced at 40 yrs old, Chloe Zanders has few illusions left about her ability to make her dreams come true. She is never going to be thin, never going to be a famous singer, and never going to be sexy enough to keep a man like her handsome ex-football player husband from cheating. While the first two dreams might continue to flicker hopefully inside her, Chloe now accepts the last one had been doomed from the start.
All her ex ever did in their marriage was find fault with her. After learning about the latest twenty-something in his life, divorcing Aaron is just a relief because it means Chloe can finally stop trying to save a relationship so obviously not worth saving. With her friends encouraging her to move on, Chloe secretly vows to herself that next time around, she is going to look for a man who will love her just as she is.
Hoping distance will help, Chloe gladly returns to Laguna Nigel in sunny California, happy to be living closer to her college roommates slash best-friends-in-the-world. Celebrating her return with a long weekend at the 5-star rated Blue Skies Hotel and Spa seems like just the thing Chloe needs to jump start her “do over” life. How much she ends up instantly liking the hotel’s sexy, 45 yr owner/manager, Jasper Wade, is a surprise though.
So is the way Jasper’s unrestrained kisses send lust and renewed hope singing through Chloe. What she feels for Jasper is disturbingly too much too soon, and God knows she can’t compete with his super model ex-wife. But how can Chloe turn away from a man who keeps insisting she’s his every fantasy come true?
©2012 Donna McDonald (P)2013 Donna McDonald
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“3 Friends Reunite with unexpected fun on the agenda”
What did you love best about Next Song I Sing?
NEXT SONG I SING is a romance at it’s finest; sexy, funny and addictive. I love the fact that the main character is a normal curvy person, with the usual insecurities we all suffer from now and again. The characters are all very different – they’re humorous but sensitive one minute and supportive and sociable the next.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Next Song I Sing?
The imperfect timing when the door was being knocked on by Rayonna’s friend Lea with her perfect body and dress which interrupted Jasper and Chloe at the most inconvenient moment.
Aaron and His expectant Girlfriend turning up at the hotel and waiting in the bedroom….. OMG the poor receptionist was put in a very awkward position but she was fun.
Chloe accepting that her curves were very admirable to Jasper, who was gob smacked that she didn’t realise how amazing she looked to a guy.
What about Anne Johnstonbrown’s performance did you like?
I found that the narrators voice at first was hard to differentiate between the characters due to the same tone being used, but the more I listened the more that I got used to the voice and started to really get into it and enjoy it – I ended up thoroughly enjoying listening and can’t wait to hear the next book.
Who was the most memorable character of Next Song I Sing and why?
The two main characters Chloe and Jasper – they have both been hurt and used in the past Sam, Jaspers best friend – he is very open, honest and sounds like a lot of fun! Max, Jaspers brother and Taylor, Cloe’s friends were great the way they bantered with each other…. I can’t wait to hear what develops between them… Taylor is going to give in!
Any additional comments?
Donna McDonald genuinely cares about and respects ALL her characters—which makes it easy to continually read to get to know, enjoy and hope that they get together – Chloe is just divorced after she finds out her drop dead gorgeous footballer husband has being having an affair, not just one. She used to be a singer in her college days and when she meets up with her old pals, they persuade her to sing at the hotel they’re staying in. Chloe has been continually put down for years by her ex husband and those insecurities are intertwined into her. Her pals encourage her to move on. Chloe unexpectedly gets a kiss from Jasper and sends lust and hope running through her… but she feels things are going way to quick for her.