Friday, August 2, 2013

Finding Love's Wings by Zoey Derrick

Today I'd like to welcome Zoe Derrick and her novel Finding Love's Wings to Pure Jonel!

Title:  Finding Love's Wings
Author:  Zoey Derrick
Series:  Love's Wings #1
Published:  May 5th, 2013
Page Count:  344
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Book Blurb:

CAMERON ENDERS seems to have it all: a brand new condo in a city she loves, a top executive position at an international entertainment firm, an insane amount of money, and a gorgeous boyfriend. But when Cami catches the boyfriend in the act with another woman, it triggers all the anguish from years of neglect by her parents, and she realizes she never learned how to love or be loved. Cami flees to the remote tropical island of Tarah, but she can't avoid facing her problems any longer when she meets the man of her fantasies...

TRISTAN MICHAELS, one of Hollywood's hottest new stars, has come to Tarah to ride out a storm. His girlfriend of five years has been caught on camera cheating, and she's determined to make Tristan stop the story from breaking. But Tristan's done cleaning up her messes. He needs to escape all things Hollywood for a while--and especially the firm that represents him--until the whole thing blows over. What he doesn't count on is meeting an irresistibly beautiful woman, a woman who just so happens to be the CEO of the firm he's trying to avoid.

Can Tristan and Cami help each other learn to trust and love again, or will their histories of betrayal tear them apart?

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.


I am not sure if despair is really in my vocabulary anymore. There is something strange about being locked away in a hotel, thousands of miles away from everything I have come to know. My life has been on the fast track for the last five years, and there seems to be nothing I can do about it.

But out here, surrounded by water, in a hotel that holds everything anyone could possibly imagine, I feel free. My BlackBerry is off, my laptop is stowed, and the weather here is utterly amazing. I cannot even begin to describe how liberating this is, and for the first time, I'm questioning whether or not my life is worth all this madness.

Don't get me wrong; I love what I do. But even the love of acting and the money are small compensation for the madness I am required to endure.

I've realized that I left Hollywood so fast that I forgot to pack toiletries, so I've ventured into the little mall inside the hotel. It's early in the day, so fortunately for me there are hardly any other patrons floating around.

As I stroll through the mall I notice a petite beauty with black hair – several packages in her hands – walking out of the Shoe Shoppe that I just left not moments before. Her skin is pale, translucent even. Her beauty is soft, sophisticated, and natural. She's not wearing much makeup, but her lips are full with a beautiful pink tint.

I slowly follow her from a distance as she strides purposefully into Versace. "Well, that's definitely something you don't see everyday," I mutter to myself.

"What do you mean by that?" Tyson says.

"Someone like her, carrying her own bags and walking into Versace." I chuckle and he joins in.

It has been my experience, with woman especially, that shopping is something that is either done in pairs or with the help of a some poor sap hired solely for the purpose of being a servant. If you sit still long enough along Rodeo Drive in California, you will see the wealthy women walking with poles up their asses and at least one sorry sucker following her with her bags. This little lady strides into Versace, confident, calm, and collected, and minus the stick up her ass.

"Do we know who she is?" I ask.

"Not completely. She looks familiar but not in a way that I can place her. She is definitely not Hollywood."


I watch as the Versace matron stops her from putting her bags on the floor. She quickly picks up the girl’s bags and bustles off to find the concierge.

My eyes float back to the black-haired beauty. She is standing there talking with the sales lady, and she must be ready to try something on because she takes off the light jacket she is wearing. The tank top she has on underneath is a deep purple, and as soon as she turns to hand her jacket to the sales lady, I see it: the blue, purple, and silvery heart and stars on her shoulder.

"It can't be," I mutter. My knees are growing weak, and then I realize I'm actually shaking as she continues turning around until her back is to me. And there, staring back at me, are the purple fairy wings from LAX.

My Review:

What an impeccably written whirlwind. With this novel Derrick picks you up from the first page and keeps you captivated right to the very end.

This is a brilliantly written, extremely vivid novel. Derrick knows how to use descriptions to her benefit. She brings everything to light in such a stark and captivating way that you cannot help but picture it. She writes a very vivid love story that is highlighted with sexual encounters. These scenes are also vividly and tactfully written. They further the storyline rather than simply stopping the story for a racy moment. Everything adds to the feeling of love and connectedness that one feels while reading this.

I love how Derrick develops her story. There is so much more to this novel than just boy meets girl, yet at the same time it’s your whirlwind romance novel. This novel definitely has a few ‘holy hell’, ‘wtf’, and ‘I definitely didn’t see that coming’ moments that all add greatly to this captivating story. You fall in love with the idea of the story just as much as you do with the characters themselves.

I appreciate the fact that Derrick brings body art to the forefront through this novel without prejudice. Although it is an integral part of both main characters, she also doesn’t let it take over the novel. This is not the only thing that she uses to give us glimpses into the lives and psyche of the main characters but it is one that you cannot miss. Throughout, Derrick has creates some well-rounded characters, none of which are perfect and all of which are loveable in their own way. This includes the supporting cast of characters.

Overall, this is a light, flirtatious novel that packs a punch. Derrick keeps you captivated throughout and leaves you simultaneously satiated and wanting more. My final thoughts? Bring on the sequel.

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About the Author:

It is from Glendale, Arizona that Zoey Derrick, a mortgage underwriter by day and romance and erotica novelist by night, writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.

Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true.
Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it. 

The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.

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  1. Great Review Jonel

    1. Thanks Vickie. Zoey makes it so easy with her writing.