Book Review

Jilted by Carla Laureano

Three days. Two jaded hearts. One unexpected love.

Bethany Hall is hiding out on a remote private island off the coast of Belize, creating romantic meals for the rich and the privileged. But when her client Derek Moretti’s bride jilts him at the altar, he’s left with a bitter view on love, a $30,000 a week bungalow, and for the first time in his life, nowhere else to be.

After Derek overhears his beautiful personal chef talking about how he dodged a bullet when his bridezilla left him, he begins to think that maybe she’s right. He convinces Bethany to act as his personal tour guide for the remainder of his trip, but neither expect that their purely platonic arrangement could shake their preconceptions about love.

Could Derek have been in the right place at the right time…just with the wrong woman?

CarlaLaureano_Jilted_800Clean Contemporary Romance


Release date: January 19

Carla Laureano does it again! Once I got started on this novella, I could not put it down, and no one was going to interrupt my reading time with these characters. (Thankfully I was able to read uninterrupted. Best gift ever from hubby and kids!) From scene one I just knew this one was going to be an entertaining read and carry me away to Belize for a few hours as Bethany Hall’s story unfolded.

Set in the Caribbean paradise of Belize, this book not only tells the story of Bethany Hall while she plays tour guide to a jilted groom, Belize becomes a character too. You can almost feel the warm breeze on your face and smell the salty air. This is not your typical scuba diving adventure though, which I loved, Bethany finds other interesting things to do and leaves the scuba diving and snorkeling out of it. Instead we are taken on a tour not only of this beautiful setting, but also we get to watch the emotional struggles develop between these two characters who are disillusioned with love.

The best thing about this novella is the pace at which the story progresses, you are not left in agony waiting in anticipation while the story slowly develops. Carla jumps right in, and from the opening line, “Bridezilla! Incoming!” you are hooked until the very last page! Romance at it’s best!

This author is one to watch. I can’t wait to see what she has for her readers next! Talented, smart and contemporary, Carla Laureano delivers top quality writing time and time again!


I was provided a copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review

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Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.