Book Review

Book Review: Ex on the Beach (The Extra #11) by Megan Walker and Janci Patterson

Rating: ☆☆☆
Audience: Contemporary Romance
Length: 251 pages
Author: Megan Walker & Janci Patterson
Publisher: Garden Ninja Books
Release Date: December 12th, 2020
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads

BOOK SUMMARY:

I’m going to be starring in a movie with my ex-husband—a man who I am still desperately in love with.

A-list movie star and animal activist Kim Watterson has it all: a spectacular career, two amazing kids, and a growing animal sanctuary she manages in her spare time. Still, she’s better known for being half of Watterpless, a Hollywood super-couple who put Brangelina and Bennifer to shame—and whose divorce generated just as much gossip.

And that’s before the studio for the latest comic book adaptation she’s headlining announces a cross-over film featuring her character—where she’ll be playing the romantic lead opposite her ex-husband, Blake Pless.

Kim’s determined to do the film, even though she’s still in love with Blake, because the alternative is to let the studio replace her with a younger model. She’s sure she can keep her heart and her dignity intact—

But no plan survives contact with the enemy, especially when you’re filming with your ex on the beach.

Ex on the Beach is a full-length, standalone romantic comedy. It features R-rated sexual content and swearing, no cliff hanger, no cheating, and a swoon-worthy happily ever after.

Thank you to the author, Megan Walker, for a gifted copy! All opinions are my own.

A NICE HEA.

This is the second book I’ve read in The Extra series. As a note, they don’t necessarily have to be read in order!

I enjoyed that this was about a married couple. It’s always unique to the genre and I like the insights and dialogue that come about because of it. Kim and Blake have a lot of great moments and I love that strive for better communication and teamwork in the face of trials.

Some of my struggles came from the repetition of ideas and conversations. I understood the need to rehash some things, but felt it would drag at times because I could hear myself saying, I get it – new topic. Not to mention their daughter who was making me want to run up a wall. Her attitude and antics were laid on really thick.

Otherwise, it was fun to have the setting at a movie set! I enjoyed seeing some of the background behind movies and adding in side characters that spiced up the drama. Which there is plenty of. I found that the pace moved well for these portions. The drama definitely matched the story.

Overall audience notes:

  • Adult contemporary romance
  • Language: some
  • Romance: kisses/make-outs; an open door scene and closed door
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: a sex video that goes viral, divorce/separation (and how it impacts children), depictions of anxiety and OCD

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