Friday, 23 December 2016

The Love of a Lifetime by Melissa Hill

Hollywood movies are Beth's passion. She hopes her life will always be filled with 'movie moments', where things like serendipity and fate happen every day. Her boyfriend Danny has always been the embodiment of her perfect Hollywood hero - though after seven years together the initial silver-screen romance has settled into something more predictable. 

And then, one morning at work, Beth receives an anonymous delivery of a take-out coffee cup with a cryptic message suggesting a meeting at Tiffany's. From there, she is given a series of clues directing her to some of NYC's most popular landmarks - a treasure hunt using unique rom-com-related prompts perfect for a movie-lover like Beth to decipher. And Beth is forced to wonder: has Danny realised their relationship needs a boost - or could it be that charming new work colleague Ryan, with his intense gaze, flirtatious smile and almost encyclopaedic movie knowledge, wants to sweep her off her feet? And how would she feel about taking a chance on a new leading man in her life?

It has been a while since I have read a book by Melissa Hill so I was looking forward to delving in to her latest release The Love of a Lifetime. The storyline is an entertaining romance that has us running around on a treasure hunt with our main character Beth who is a self confessed classic movie addict and each clue she finds on her hunt is related to a classic movie set in New York but as exciting as this mysterious hunt is Beth doesn't know who it is who has gone to a lot of trouble to set up this fabulous adventure but one thing she is certain is that her life is about to change.

Beth was one of those characters who you instantly warm to, she was such a soft soul and so caring and I enjoyed watching her journey on her mysterious hunt you could feel her excitement through the pages. Personally I am not a film buff and shamefully have never watched any of the films that were mentioned so I couldn't "play" along in trying to solve the clues but I am sure many readers who have watched the films will find this book even more enjoyable than I did as they will be trying to solve the clues before Beth.

The supporting characters from Beth's partner Danny and her best friend Jodi, to their handsome work colleague Ryan all played great roles in this book. Although I did guess early on who put the treasure hunt in place this didn't lessen my enjoyment of the book. I loved the setting in New York and also the unexpected little festive touch that was sprinkled in.

This was the perfect easy read full of romance for my commute in the mornings this week and I know that if you are a romance fan who is also a major film buff then this book will tick all the boxes for you.

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