East in Paradise

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Simon & Schuster

Published by: Pocket Star
Release Date: September 4, 2017
Pages: 308


When an entrepreneur and an Army reservist end up in their own reality show fauxmance, they have to decide whether their love exists just for the cameras...or if it’s for real in this warmhearted romance, perfect for foodies and wine lovers!

Bryn Aquino, the former manager of a Filipino restaurant, knows the value of hard work. With a shiny new MBA in tow and an investor, she’s ready to start her own business: a culinary retreat where visitors can relax, cook, and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Dubbed Paraiso Retreats, she leases the childhood home of army reservist Mitchell Dunford—who returned from Afghanistan to revive his family’s vineyard—but finds herself in a bind when her investor pulls out of the business.

When the retreat catches an internet live stream producer’s eye through social media channels, Bryn is offered the opportunity of a lifetime—to document her journey in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Excited, Bryn happily agrees to the arrangement...only to find out that she’s going to have to fake an onscreen romance with her indifferent landlord in order to keep her audience interested.

As Mitchell and Bryn put on a show for the cameras, they find their romance isn’t hard to fake. They’ve got more in common under their bluster, banter, and doubts. As their relationship heats up and the cameras keep rolling, the line between show and reality blurs. And when the pressures of family, business, and the audience stack against them, will their romance survive internet stardom? Or was it just for show?

Content Guidance: Death of parent (prior to story). Sex. Language. Post-traumatic stress. Anxiety.

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"I loved that the author made the heroine a Filipino American, who has a strong sense of culture... the interaction of Bryn Aquino and Mitchell Dunford was sweet and adorable."
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"East in Paradise was such a delightful novel full of heart, humor, family ties, food, and swoons. I had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading this book!"
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"Overall, this was a GREAT read... I definitely look forward to seeing where the series goes next."
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