Laguna Sights by Kaira Rouda is the fourth book in her Laguna Beach series. This was a fun stand alone read which did not require reading the previous 3 books to follow. Scott Cassidy gets his long overdue closure from his previous long term girlfriend and the relief is clear as he comes to accept how toxic their relationship was for him. He has a fresh start and a dream job, playing a doctor on a long running soap opera in LA. Scott met Jamie Kane through a dating app. Jamie is the opposite of Scott. Forced to move by her mother who wanted fame, she is not privileged. She always felt out of place with the spoiled kids she grew up with and doesn’t know if her dream of becoming an actress is what she really wants. She no longer talks with her mom because of everything she put her through and is living with her best friend. The only time she sees her mother is when her mother needs money, but she hasn’t had the courage to stand up to her and refuse her yet. Scott and Jamie had a fun first date, but life gets in the way and he doesn’t call her back. When she didn't hear from him she began to worry he was no longer interested. She is ready for a new relationship after getting out of a relationship with her abusive ex. However, there’s a secret from that experience which she hasn't told anyone. She decides to call Scott and again they have a great time together. In addition, Scott really needs her help with his other job, running the family travel agency, and Jamie needs the fresh start he can offer. I really liked that both characters had to previously deal with a verbally abusive ex. It’s incredible how much damage verbal abuse does to a person, man or woman. Jamie's secret is kept from the readers so while we get a chance to like her from listening to her thoughts, even we don't know the details until the end of the story. It was inspiring to see the characters realize these faults and forgive themselves for their bad decisions and choosing to make healthier ones as they move forward. This was a fun and entertaining romance with likeable characters that you want to root for and don't feel bogged down pitying. The feel was very hopeful throughout the book and I really enjoyed reading it. I highly recommend this but felt it was a little rushed at the end.
This was an excellent read and even though it's the third in a series I easily kept up without having read the prior two books. I will however be going back and reading those! This has clear concise writing, a great pace, and characters that make the story very memorable. Scott Cassidy seems to have the dream life. Great family and a career that seemed to fall into his lap after starring in a reality show in high school. The one thing he longs for though is "normal". A normal happy behind the cameras relationship but since that seems impossible he's giving up on dating for now. That is until he's matched with the very alluring Jamie Kane. Jamie grew up watching her mother long for the fame and fortune Hollywood is known for only to end up waiting tables. Even with those vivid memories she decides to try her hand at an acting career. It's not long before she realizes it may not be for her. That is until Scott.... Definitely a book I recommend.
Behind the bright lights are real people with the same feelings and problems that plague us all. The grass isn't always greener on the other side. Jamie has not had and easy upbringing. With a mom who had big dreams but struggled to make them a reality, Jamie knows that stardom and riches don't happen for everyone. Still she decides to try her luck anyway. Scott has worked hard for his career. His star took off at a young age and he's manage to parlay that into a successful acting career. That being said he longs for a life beyond the cameras. Someone to see past the glitz and accept the man behind the mask. Scott and Jamie are destined to collide but what will happen when they do? I received a copy of Laguna Sights by Kaira Rouda in exchange for an honest review. The one consistent theme thoughout the Laguna Beach series has been making a life the search for an identity beyond the cameras. Some have succeeded in finding happiness but in order to do so they had to learn to trust their hearts and become open to the possibilities. Kaira Rouda foray into Hollywood is gritty, sexy and tumultuous but each story stands on its own merit. That's what matters most to me.