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Mad Love

Mad Love

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by Colet Abedi
     
 

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23-year-old aspiring artist Sophie Walker can think of no better place than the exotic paradise of the Maldives Islands to escape the wrath of her controlling parents, the monotony of her boring legal work and her passionless boyfriend. With her two best friends along for the ride and to help her find herself again, Sophie is not prepared for the enigmatic Clayton

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23-year-old aspiring artist Sophie Walker can think of no better place than the exotic paradise of the Maldives Islands to escape the wrath of her controlling parents, the monotony of her boring legal work and her passionless boyfriend. With her two best friends along for the ride and to help her find herself again, Sophie is not prepared for the enigmatic Clayton Sinclair. Clayton comes from another world of privilege that seems like a fantasy to Sophie.  Can this man introduce her to the passion & seduction she never realized she was desperately searching for? Sophie quickly becomes ensnared in Clayton's seductive web until a shocking treachery makes her question her judgment and actions...

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"If you don't already have one, you will crave a mad love after reading this book. I can't wait for the next installment!"—Giuliana Rancic, TV Personality & Journalist (Co-anchor on E! News and Co-host of E!’s Fashion Police

"Mad Love is the epitome of sexual delight. In a world which tends to suppress the woman's innate animal desires for the opposite sex, conversation starters like Mad Love can serve more purpose than just being a delectable (in its lightly-put darkness) read. And a delectable and naughty read it is indeed. Also, it doesn't hurt that the destination location set for this story of intrigue beckons you to head to the airport, book in hand, and jump the next overseas flight to your favorite exotic beach locale. Because, who knows... Maybe you'll meet your very own dark stranger there, too!"—Annalynne McCord, Actress (Nip/Tuck, 90210, The O.C.)

 
"Mad Love's powerful story not only comes to life through Colet's writing but LITERALLY shifts your soul and makes you reflect on your own journey of love and life! "—Nicky Whelan, Model & Actress (Scrubs, Workaholics and films, Hollywood & Wine and Hall Pass)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781939457134
Publisher:
Bird Street Books
Publication date:
03/11/2014
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Colet Abedi is a California native who graduated from the University of California at Irvine and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three dogs. Real Colet works, plays, hangs with friends, sometimes cooks for her husband, and walks her dogs. Fantasy-land Colet is surrounded by imagined people, places, and a million different scenes. On any given day, she moves between both worlds at least a dozen times.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!  It whisked me right away on vacation with the characters to the romantic and exotic and unattainable for most Maldives Islands! This is the perfect vacation read - spring break, summer, plane, staycation!!  Love the characters, the romance and I can't wait for the next book -- it is a TRILOGY!!!!!  Highly recommended!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful carefree story about falling in love, letting your guard down, and trusting your heart.   I couldn't put the book down!! This is a great spring read that really sets the tone for the summer!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read. I read it in two days and can't wait for the next.
SEStone519 More than 1 year ago
Sophie Walker just blew her entire bank account on this exotic vacation to the Maldives. She needs this time away from her controlling parents, a career she hates, and a passionless ex-boyfriend, and her best friends have vowed to help her forget all of that. However it’s Clayton Sinclair, an English stranger also vacationing on the island, who removes all thought of LA from her mind. Sophie finds herself falling fast for Clayton, eager to step into his world of passion and wealth. Has she found the man of her dreams, or is this really too good to be true? I have mixed feelings about this book. Certain parts of it I loved. The way that the relationship between Clayton and Sophie began and progressed felt realistic, albeit not a scenario that happens all that frequently. Otherwise there would be a lot more women coming home from vacations with stories of sexy men with eyes only for them. Sophie’s doubts about herself, her choices, and Clayton made her a three-dimensional person. She makes all of the decisions I’d want to make. Stepping away from a potential law career, a relationship that doesn’t work for her, and her family’s expectations for her life. And then she takes a risk on a handsome stranger who offers to show her the passion she’s been missing in her life. In that regard, I wished that I could trade places with her. The biggest problem that I have with Mad Love is the fact that Clayton’s obsessive infatuation with Sophie creates an emotionally abusive relationship. There’s an attempt to minimize it by Sophie occasionally standing up to him and Clayton increasingly giving Sophie the option to choose for herself at the end of the novel. But the emotional abuse is absolutely present. While there are many instances, the one that stuck in my mind took place in the last hundred pages. Sophie picks out a little black dress to wear to dinner with Clayton’s friends and colleagues. He thinks it’s too short and asks her to change. When they’re interrupted and she doesn’t change, he seethes throughout dinner and tries to punish her by showing off a model ex-girlfriend. That’s after he threatens to punish her for disobedience and force her change her clothes. There are dozens of other examples. They all follow the same pattern. Sophie expresses thoughts or desires contrary to what he wants, Clayton gets angry and forces the issue until it turns out the way he wants it, and then they have a honeymoon period where everything is right in the world. A few pages later, the cycle begins again. Yes, the writing is phenomenal and Sophie is a beautifully crafted protagonist. But the relationship isn’t healthy. I’d recommend this book with the qualification that the reader must be aware that this relationship can be fun as a fantasy on some level, but not as a permanent lifestyle. Rating: 4/5 Mad Love by Colet Abedi will be published by Bird Street Books on March 10, 2014 and will be available in paperback. *I received an advanced copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really kinda dreading reading this book...kept putting other books ahead of it to read instead. This book is AMAZING! This story somewhat falls in the same genre as 50 Shades, Bared, etc. I had no idea this was a trilogy, I kept watching the pages to the end of the book thinking they had a lot of info that was going to be packed into a few pages...there are some authors that actually do that and those books are generally horrible. I can't wait for the next book...I just hope it won't be a long wait! 236 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. I hate cliff hangers....so can't wait for ,the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DO NOT GIVE ONE STAR REVIEWS IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK. It's rude and ignorant. If all you are doing is commenting the least you should give is 3 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Patiently waiting for the sequel to arrive!!!!! great book, LOVED IT!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this up on Valentines Day thinking it was going to be a cute romantic read. Boy was I wrong. To sum it up Sophie needs a change, she has just broken up with her boyfriend, if I recall correctly she's quit her job at a law firm and in order to get away from her ever demanding parents and their persistent questions about the future has booked an island getaway for her and her two best friends. Of course once they arrive Sophie finds herself face to face with the worlds most attractive man alive. (Who just happens to be an a-hole but we'll get to that later.) I liked the beginning, her best friends were hilarious and I loved their banter, I loved the island description and yes at first I did like Clayton. Until, and please stop here if you plan of picking up this book, you realized he was nothing but a manipulating, controlling, egotistical, masochistic, dick. And what makes it even worse is Sophie allows him to treat her like a piece of meat. He has known her all of 36 hours before he is telling her what to do, how to do it and what to wear while doing. At one point in the book she comes out of the bathroom wearing a dress he doesn't deem 'appropriate' and after she refuses to change (the only time in the book she stands up for herself) he spends the rest of the night pouting like a small child. Don't even get me started on what happened after they arrived home. It was disgusting (and not entirely consensual). The only ONLY reason I finished this book was to see if by some weird, twisted turn of events the author- I mean Sophie- came to her senses and dumped this guy. But of course even when she does break up with him it isn't because he treated her poorly or controlled every little thing she did, no it was all over a misunderstanding, and *spoiler alert* it ends in a cliff hanger so there's still hope for them to get back together! Gag me with a spoon! Needless to say this book was anything but a cute and romantic read and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Until next time, Ginger
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book read it months ago. Left us on a huge cliff hanger with the tease of book two. Still waiting
KittyM More than 1 year ago
Got this as an e-book special and started it on a recent vacation, finishing it upon arrival home. The relationship between Sophie and Clayton really got to me, even though I felt the story didn't follow through enough on her artist aspirations. However, the ending was a kick in the gut to me (literally left me with a stomach ache) because I did not know the novel will have a sequel! Not looking forward to waiting. I stopped reading romance novels because I would get too involved (and they do not live up to real life, of course). This story will stay with me for a while
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This book is AMAZING! I can't wait for the second one to come out already!
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BecsL More than 1 year ago
I felt like I was on vacation while I read this story, in fact it really made me wish I was somewhere more exotic than sitting at home. Colet Abedi did a great job creating the sandy beaches and pristine oceans of this perfect paradise for her readers. The detail with which she wrote, pulled me onto that island and kept me soaking up the sun with her characters as we shared in their story. Sophie is a mess. She has no self-confidence and she second-guesses herself at every turn. There were times when I wanted to yell at her (thankfully other characters did it for me) but I know how natural her fears were. On the other hand, Clayton was a force. Pure and simple. He is a wealthy, alpha male who always gets his way. He has a temper and a passion that explodes around Sophie. Their chemistry will have you in desperate need of a fan. Erik and Orie, Sophie’s best friends, were my favorite characters. They were vibrant and full of life. They made me laugh and always put a smile on my face, even when things were incredibly awkward or tense. I really hope we get to know their story at some point in the future. This story covers a lot of ground. We get to watch Sophie as she attempts to transform herself from a shy, innocent girl into a woman who knows who she is and what she wants. We see Clayton battle his need for control in order to have a chance at a relationship with the feisty and stubborn Sophie. We experience Sophie’s insecurities and fears and hope like crazy she finds a way to move past them. When their pasts both come back to stir up trouble, you can expect a crazy emotional ride. Just when you think you know where the story is going, it will surprise you. Be prepared, this book is the first book in a series and therefore the ending leaves much to be resolved. 
csingh More than 1 year ago
I saw the book on netgalley and wasn't sure what to make of the cover and title.  The blurb sounded interesting so I decided to try and see if I'd like it.  I waited way too long to pick up this book.  Once I started reading, all it took was the first two chapters and I was hooked.  Sophie is on the cusp of a huge change.  She's dropped everything she doesn't want to find out what she does on a trip to the Maldives. Meeting Clayton Sinclair doesn't help; she's extremely attracted to him (I was too).  Sophie's already off balance and meeting Clayton only throws her further off kilter.  I liked Sophie a lot.  She's discovering who she is and what she wants.  She's not willing to settle.  I liked Clayton too.  He seemed to be focused solely on Sophie and good for her.  I was a bit taken aback by the insta-attraction, but understand how hard it is to look away from a person when they've captured your interest.  It was also easy to deal with since there wasn't instant consummation either.  It was very entertaining to see Sophie and Clayton deal with it during the one week Sophie gave herself to figure things out.  I haven't mentioned how amazing Sophie's friends Erik and Orie were.  They were funny,brash, and 100% on Sophie's team for everything.  It's not hard to understand why I enjoyed the book so much.  Everything was perfect, the setting, the characters, the pacing, and especially the climax.  I can't tell how eager I am to read the second book and find out what Clayton has to say for himself.  I really do wish the book had been longer, but there's not much I can do about that.  Colet has done a fantastic job on this new adult/adult novel.  It turns out she's a woman of many talents.  I'm very thankful I took a chance on Mad Love.  It gave me the perfect break I was looking for and is the perfect book to take with you to the beach.  It's 200-something pages of pure escapism, explosive chemistry, and enough drama to keep you turning the page. (I'm buying my own copy I enjoyed this book so much!)
MsPope More than 1 year ago
This was a good book but the ending was horrible! I hope there is a sequel to it because it left too many questions at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I can't wait to read the next book! I loved the story and the characters! When does the next book come out! Loved it!
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I want a sequel, there has to be more for the characters of this book then the way it ended, disappointing.
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