Fans of The Bold and the Beautiful won’t be disappointed with Momentum’s tie-in with the popular daytime soap.
This review first appeared in Books+Publishing (subscription). An advance reading copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher.
Stormswept sees Hope Logan and long-time friend and former flame, Oliver, travelling to Australia for a fashion shoot. Oliver has pined for Hope ever since an unfortunate incident with her mother, Brooke, broke Hope’s heart.When they find themselves conveniently stranded somewhere in the Whitsundays—minus most of their clothing—it’s the perfect opportunity for Oliver to convince Hope that he deserves a second chance.
Shannon Curtis’s second tie-in novella for the series embraces the clichés of both TV soap and romance genres; it reads like Mills and Boon-esque fan fiction. What surprises are the gentle humour aimed at the convoluted love story and the genuinely sweet romance between Hope and Oliver. Romance tropes are in full force, but even these are laced with fun.
Yay or nay?
An enjoyable romance on its own, but be warned: this is not part of the show’s canon. Perhaps the biggest letdown with the story is that we all know there’s no such thing as a finished love story in The Bold and the Beautiful, which makes the requisite happy ending impossible to trust.
Who might enjoy it: Readers who believe first love never dies
Who might not enjoy it: Hope/Liam and Hope/Wyatt shippers
This review is part of the Australian Women Writers Challenge. Click here for a list of books I’ve read so far.