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5++ stars for Palm Springs King by USA Today Bestseller Claire Marti #romance #mustread #bookreview



Title: Palm Springs King

Author: Claire Marti

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Book Blurb:


A former rockstar. A perfectionistic yoga teacher. Opposites attract?


Rockstar Austin Michaels never took much seriously—other than his music. But tragedy thrust him out of the spotlight and into the boardroom. Now, he’s helping his brother run a luxury hotel chain and he couldn’t be farther out of his comfort zone. He’s doing his best––until his beautiful new spa manager arrives.


Yoga teacher Kenzie Banks earned her reputation as the best in the spa business by being a hyper-efficient perfectionist. Ready to plant roots after too many years on the road, she’s thrilled to land her dream job working for the Hotel Kings — they’re literally the family she always wished for. Except, her sexy boss Austin Michaels is driving her nuts with his impulsive decisions and smoldering glances.


The sparks between these two opposites burn so hot it’s a wonder they don’t spontaneously combust. But Kenzie knows what they say about fire…and she’s come too far and worked too hard to get burned. Can the pair find a way to work together, or will everything they’re building go up in flames?


One-click this opposites attract, forced proximity standalone romance today!


*Palm Springs King is the sixth book in award-winning and USA Today bestselling author Claire Marti's new spin off contemporary romance series, California Suits. The series follows the adventures of five best friends who are opening a string of luxury boutique hotels from La Jolla to Monterey to Beverly Hills as each one finds true love…usually where he least expects it. Each book is a standalone.


My Review:


I know I say this a lot but this is hands down the best book Claire Marti has ever written. Things heat up when an ex-rockstar and a renowned yoga instructor/spa guru are thrown together. They say opposites attract but in this case opposites light each other on fire. Heartfelt backstories, sizzling romance, and meeting expectations make Palm Springs King a must-read for all romance readers!


It all starts with the characters. These characters will yank at your heartstrings. Poor Austin. He’s the ex-rockstar whose first love is music. But he’s tormented by his best friend’s death. Being in charge of opening and success of this boutique hotel in Palm Springs is what he’s focusing on. He can’t afford to screw things up by giving in to his desires.


Kenzie is a prominent yoga instructor (like the author herself) and has her own personal trauma. She’s looking to settle down and she can’t do that by sleeping with her boss. Two broken hearts find love and calm in the blistering desert of Palm Springs.


What I love most about the characters is how realistic they are. Claire Marti takes great care when writing characters, making sure they are flawlessly written with just the right blend of strengths and weaknesses. This kind of care makes this book impossible to put down.


The romance is obviously opposites attract but there are other tropes present as well. The romance is high steam with plenty of emotion, tension, and swoon-worthy moments. I fell in love with Austin while reading. The build-up is an emotional journey well worth it.


If you’re a romance reader, this book is written for you. If you love opposites attract romance, you need to read this book. A bucket read for 2023!


My Rating: 5++ stars


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Author Biography:


Claire Marti is an award winning and USA Today Bestselling author ​of swoonworthy Contemporary Romance novels set in Southern California, including the Pacific Vista Ranch series and the California Suits series. She lives in San Diego with her husband, silly dog and three clever cats.


Claire started writing stories as soon as she was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature and French, Claire was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress.


Finally, Claire followed her heart and now focuses on two of her true passions: writing romance and teaching yoga.


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Reviewed by: Nancy

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