Review: Forgotten Paradise by Shira Anthony

It’s dangerous diving for secrets.

When a mega company threatens to take over his family-owned business, programming prodigy Adam Preston escapes the stress with a much-needed vacation in the Dominican Republic. There he meets attractive, intelligent, insightful Jonah James, a scuba dive instructor, and what starts as a holiday fling soon blossoms into much more.

But Jonah has a secret: ten years ago he woke up on an island beach with no idea how he got there… or even who he is. Their paradise may not be as perfect as it seems. When Jonah’s memories come crashing back like waves on the sand, will it be Adam clinging to the proverbial life raft, or will the two men find a safe harbor to ride out the storm?

The dedication to this book is exactly why I read and enjoy the hell out of this series. I adore romance and the ride it takes me on. This series is simply fun and romantic and I will never get enough.

Adam Preston is on vacation in the Dominican Republic by the order of his sister in an attempt to relax and unwind from the chaos that is currently his professional life. Adam is the CEO of his family's company that he took over after the passing of his father. When Adam began developing apps for Prestco Inc., the company showed profit and now a big Silicon Valley company, Entech wants to buy them out. The problem with that is Adam isn’t sure he wants to sell and he has his brother, mother and sister to consider in the offer too. It’s a good thing he’s on a beach vacation and loves to go diving. It’s also a good thing that in order to dive, he needs an instructor from the hotel to go with him.

Jonah James can’t remember anything before waking up on a beach with a life vest on some ten years ago and being rescued by a generous woman. He’s done what he can to live a life without his full memory and he has seemingly thrived being a dive instructor and working at hotels. Being at this current hotels offers him the chance to dive almost daily and help out guests when they get lost.

The meet cute with Adam and Jonah was just that, cute. I am just like Adam and lack all sense of direction but thank goodness Jonah was there to help him out. It’s a good thing Jonah was around later to have a drink with Adam and share a few secrets… the story gets going.

I loved this. I loved the connection and the chemistry between Adam and Jonah. Getting the dual POV was a blessing as I liked being front and center for the memories as they return to Jonah and what seems to trigger him.

Amnesia stories in romances are a favorite of mine. Though most tropes in romance truly are for a hopeless romantic like myself. There is the attraction to either leaving it all behind and becoming the new you or finding out who you were and blending the past with the present. It’s hard to read the reason why Jonah has lost his memories and what led to it. He was lost, so lost 10 years ago and losing who he was, allowed him to really find himself.

Adam was adorable as heck and I liked that while he had no sense of direction, he didn’t have two left feet. The men dance well with their emotions and around the physical attraction until they decide a resort romance and no fraternizing policy isn’t enough to stop what they both want.


The twist to Jonah’s identity was a surprise to me and it gave the story a new appeal. How would this work? How would Jonah go back to who he was and could they even have a possible future together? Gah! It was done so well and I think I fell in love with Adam and Jonah for a second time.

The supporting characters were exactly that, supporting to the men and wonderful additions to the story. Adam’s family are fantastic and even though I wanted to punch Phil a few times on behalf of Jonah and Adam, toward the end I felt a bit of empathy for him and what he went through.

Forgotten Paradise was a romantic trip down amnesia lane full of the tropey goodness only a story like this could offer. Full of romance, mystery and enough fluff that cushions your decent as you fall in love with Adam and Jonah.
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