Up-and-coming designer Jasmine Burns has a slight problem.
Deathly afraid of men to the point that it is a phobia, she
has a hard time communicating with them. A man can talk to her
and she clams up and rushes away every time. Then, to
make matters worse, her older sister claims to be a gypsy and
considers herself a psychic of sorts. Her specialty is
supposedly being able to tell people about their “One True
Love”. Amy supposedly can touch a person and instantly
tell them the name of their true love. When Amy invades
Jasmine’s apartment as she is preparing for a job interview
with a famous costume designer, Amy tells Jasmine her love’s
name: Josh Toby. Of course, that is the just his name.
Amy doesn’t know which person out of all the Josh Tobys in the
world Jasmine’s true love could be. As Jasmine’s luck would
have it though, the one Josh Toby she finds herself attracted
to and friends with turns out to be a movie star and dubbed
the “Sexiest Man Alive”.
Josh Toby is tired of
constantly being scrutinized and belittled for the movie roles
he has undertaken. Those same roles made him a household name
and while he enjoys the perks of the trade, he wants to be
known as so much more. Slipping into New York City when he
should be overseas, Josh is working towards getting a part in
Romeo and Juliet, which is being put on by an
off-Broadway theater. Meeting with the costume designer in
order to find a disguise so no one knows it is THE Josh Toby
at auditions, Josh is surprised to meet a quirky, somewhat shy
woman named Jasmine. When she rushes away, he can’t help but
be intrigued by the one woman who didn’t seem impressed about
his star status nor interested in his bank account. In fact,
she is perfect for what Josh thinks he needs. Only what he
thinks he needs and what Jasmine actually gives him are so
totally different he didn’t even see it coming.
Jasmine and Toby unite to try
and keep his identity secret. However, forces are working
against them and their covers are blown. Will Jasmine be able
to handle Josh’s public identity without getting overwhelmed?
Will Josh be able to handle Jasmine’s fears? It seems the Sexiest Man
Alive just might have his work cut out for him.
Diana Holquist grabbed my
attention with this book. Enthralled from beginning to end, I
couldn’t help but laugh, then cry, and then smile. Sexiest Man
Alive was entertaining, often hilarious, but
seemed so very real. Jasmine endeared herself to me from the
first scene of her ‘practice’ interview and her fears and
shyness were written in such a way that wanted to grab her and
just hug her. Josh Toby was also very personable and not
without his hang-ups. I loved watching the man who was
supposedly perfect be imperfect.
Sexiest Man Alive
was witty, sexy, and just entirely wonderful. I can’t wait to
read more from this terrific writer.