How A Stranger Can Turn Your Life Upside Down
In "Mad About the Boy" author Suzan Battah delivers an intoxicating story of love and romance in a Latino setting
Author Suzan Battah's award-winning romance novel, "Mad About the Boy," is an intimate look at struggling with loss and learning to open yourself up to love.
Published on LatinoLA: March 4, 2012
The story: Julia Mendoza is driven by the success of her business. Since her husband passed away, it's her number one priority. In her late twenties she's lost her belief in love and passion. Suddenly, life takes a sudden detour from her plan; much to the delight of her boisterous Latin American family.
Christophe Augustine is groomed to take over his father's successful chain of luxurious hotels. He works hard, plays harder and seeks approval and recognition above all else. So when a gorgeous Latino woman changes one boring morning into an interesting game of roleplay, Chris is intrigued, and wants to get to know her more.
Fate, and a bit of scheming, brings Julia and Chris together again and they wind up sharing some unexpected ups and downs, her pushing him away, his desire for her growing stronger. Because of this relentless stranger she experiences a revival in her ability to feel safe and protected by a man. The passion between them far exceeds her expectations, more anything she's ever known‘«™
Guilt plagues her and she makes irrational choices, struggling with the limitations she sets for herself. What Chris doesn't know is Julia's heart is not free to love him back, and it's the biggest challenge they'll both have to face.
The Buzz: "I must express my admiration for Suzan Battah's clear and neat writing style, her brave use of foreign languages injected in the story seamlessly‘«™I don't often come across multicultural romances like Suzan's debut novel, Mad About the Boy. For me, this rich, contemporary, chick lit romance is a great read." ‘«Ű Nancy Cudis, Simple Clockwork
"This was a realistic and completely sweet romance. Suzan Battah's characters came to life on the page and I absolutely loved their introduction‘«™I was entertained and enjoyed reading long into the night to finish Julia and Christophe's story." ‘«Ű Amy Stewart, A Simple Love of Reading
Awards: Mad About The Boy, placed 1st in the 2009, 16th Annual Central Ohio Fiction Writers' "Ignite the Flame" Contest. The contest is designed to allow unpublished writers to showcase the romantic energy sparked during the first meeting of the hero and heroine.
Mad About the Boy also placed 3rd in the 2010 From the Heart Romance Writers Golden Gateway Competition ‘«Ű Mainstream with Strong Romantic Elements.
Synopsis: Julia Mendoza is driven by the success of her business. Since her husband Carlos passed away at such a young age, her business By Design is her number one priority. In her late twenties she works too hard and doesn't take time out for fun. Annoyance with a pesky ex-friend has her begging one of the local surfer's with a cheeky smile in the grocery store to pretend he's her boyfriend. Suddenly, life takes a sudden detour from her business plan; much to the delight of her boisterous Latin American family.
Christophe Augustine is groomed to take over his father's successful chain of luxurious hotels. With a wealthy French-American background, Chris has been given privileges that not many have. He works hard, plays harder but seeks approval and recognition above all else. Family is a top priority for him as he fights for custody of his young brother. His parent's divorce has not diminished his faith in romance. When a gorgeous Latino woman changes one boring morning into an interesting game of role play, though reluctant to help at first, he soon realises she's not like the string of other women he's known.
A romantic first date ending dramatically doesn't stop Chris from wanting to know Julia more. And for Julia, she's all for a bit of fun but when things get too serious she's running the other way. Too alike, in some ways and complete opposites, in other ways, Julia and Chris fumble through fun moments, annoying confrontations, passionate times and heartbreaking revelations.
Love has no boundaries when soul-mates meet but when one is ready to love and the other one isn't...
Suzan has always loved the Latin American culture. Her Grandfater traveled from Lebanon to Venezuela with his brothers to begin a new life before returning back to Lebanon with family. She recently visited the country in 2010 and enjoyed the vibrant culture while staying with family living there. She one day hopes to be able to speak Spanish fluently.
Where you can find Suzan
Suzan's books are available in Paperback and Ebook Online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, ITunes, Kobo, Sony EReader, Diesal, Smashwords and all Bookstores
Suzan Battah completed a Diploma of Professional Romance Writing with the Australian College of Journalism. Mad About the Boy has won two romance writing competition awards in 2009 and 2010. Suzan also writes Young Adult Fiction.