Tell Me a Fantasy by Tamara Lush
Release Date: January 17th 2017 by Tamara Lush
Series: The Story Series #6
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Samantha Citrouille’s anxiety won’t stop her from attending London Fashion Week and collecting a lifetime industry award. After all, when iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld requests your presence at an exclusive party, you have to jump on a plane. Even if you’re deathly afraid of flying.
While white-knuckling it on the turbulent flight from Florida, Samantha's seated in business class next to a handsome stranger named Colin King. His low, smooth voice helps calm her nerves. But her panic reaches its peak when the plane is forced to land in Iceland due to mechanical failure. Distraught, she's horrified to discover that all hotels are booked due to a summer solstice festival. As the world’s top designer of tropical resort clothing, Samantha _ known as Sam C. to her legions of fans _ is used to luxury at her Palm Beach estate, not sleeping on airport benches with only a pashmina wrap for a blanket.
Her impossibly sexy seat-mate Colin kindly offers to share his accommodations, because a business contact owns a sleek pied-à-terre in Reykjavik. Samantha, emotionally wrung out, agrees for what she thinks is one quick night.
A freak volcano eruption forces Samantha and Colin to stay in the Icelandic capitol for a long weekend, and the two have nothing better to do than share cocktails, bare their past sins in conversation, and indulge in each other under the midnight sun.
But things become complicated after their idyllic fantasy weekend together. Colin, a self-described modern-day rake, is sure he’s finally found the woman of his dreams. But Samantha, who has her own fears and ghosts of the past, isn’t so certain. She'd rather fly around the world, twice, than have her heart broken again.
**THIS IS A COMPANION NOVEL to The Story Series and should be read after Episodes 1-5
Tamara Lush has done it again! Ever since I finished reading the previous books in The Story series, I've been wanting to read Colin's own story, and it did not disappoint at all. The story is not only refreshing, but it's also more mature and it completely took me by surprise.
At the beginning of the story we get to meet Samantha Citrouille, a renowned fashion designer whose fear of flying has her over-the-edge when she is requested to be in London to receive her lifetime achievement award from non other than Karl Lagerfeld. At the airport things start to get interesting for Samantha as she stumbled across a handsome stranger who saves her from sitting next to a complete weirdo. The stranger introduces himself as Colin King, and it's after she confesses her fear of flying to him that puts Samantha at ease. He is not only helpful, but his soothing voice comforts her on the way to London. But when the plane is forced to land in Iceland due to a mechanical failure, Samantha panics and Colin immediately comes to her rescue by offering her to stay with him until they can find a flight to London again. She accepts and soon they both embark in an adventure where their lives are going to change forever.
I absolutely loved reading this book, the characters are different yet their pasts have kept them from moving on with their lives. Sam comes from a wealthy family whose disapproval of her chosen career left her disowned and with little resources. Her love for fashion did not stop and with the help of those that believed in her made her a success and millionaire at a young age. Yet, she wasn't thriving in other aspects of her life mainly in her love life, and that has made her more reserved than ever before. She has difficulty trusting others and when Colin shows up things start to change. Meanwhile, Colin King, the playboy of the family, has had his fair share of women in the past, but after the disappearance of his brother things have changed in his life. He is getting older and more mature, he knows exactly what wants when he sees Sam for the first time and he is not going to stop until he makes her his. Colin really surprised me in this book, he is not only caring and sweet, but he is also attentive when it comes to Sam and her well being. What also took me by surprise was the refreshing plot twist in the end, and the fact that both characters are relatively older in the story. All in all, I would highly recommend reading this story and the rest of the series. You will not regret it! :D
***ARC provided as part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.***
Balancing on the balls of my feet, trying not to focus on the germs and the smell of God-knows-what body odor lingering in the air, I bent to pick up my shoes, then took a few quick steps toward the security line.
Of all the things I hated about flying, the TSA line was far from the worst. I shivered as I unwrapped the black pashmina from my shoulders. Normally it would be a pleasure to precisely fold such a luxurious piece of fabric, but I stuffed it into a ball and into the container. My long hair crackled and levitated with static electricity, and I twisted it into a messy bun at my nape.
“I’ll be there around seven a.m.,” the man next to me brayed into his phone. My bin was nearing the conveyor belt, and I tiptoed along, sliding the cubby next to my hip onto the steel rollers.
“Ma’am, your laptop. Get it outta there.”
What about a please? Did the security guard have to address me so brusquely? It had been years since I’d flown. Was this how people acted in airports now?
“Goodness,” I whispered under my breath. I looked at the guy on the phone, then to the conveyor belt helplessly. I needed another plastic tub, but the stack was several feet away. The phone guy—a doughy, road-warrior type in a white oxford and khaki pants— didn’t notice me at all and was of no help. Get off the stupid phone. A tall man behind him paid attention to my plight, wrestled a bin from the stack, and offered it in my direction.
“Thank you.” I reached around the guy on the phone and took the bin.
I heaved a sigh. I didn’t want to travel across the pond. Didn’t want to leave my Palm Beach estate. But when Karl Lagerfeld summons you to London Fashion Week for a lifetime achievement award, you say yes. Even if you’re deathly afraid of flying.
I opened my custom black Birkin bag and reached for my MacBook Air. The laptop went into the empty bin, and I set the bag in a second bin. So many bins.
“You know what I’m going to do to you when I get there?” The doughy guy next to me chuckled lasciviously, and I heard the giggle of a woman through the phone. Why couldn’t people stop yakking in public? God, I hated technology. I tried to use it as little as possible and usually succeeded. That was the benefit of having assistants. And being rich, I supposed.
I inhaled in disapproval.
“I’m going to eat your pussy.”
I gasped and looked up with huge eyes, pressing a hand to my chest. My fingers squeezed the pearls around my neck.
How vulgar. In the TSA line at the Miami International Airport, no less. The man laughed into the phone. “Yeah, baby. Wait for daddy.”
The oral sex-lover didn’t notice my offense, but the tall man behind him did. We locked eyes. His were blue, azure and beautiful. I grimaced in horror, and the blue-eyed man grinned and then chuckled. Somehow, the terrible guy between us didn’t notice the mocking or the disgust.
During the day, Tamara Lush writes news as a journalist with The Associated Press. At night, she writes fictional romance tales about complicated, sexy men and the women who love them.
Her first full-length novel, HOT SHADE, was published in September 2015 with Boroughs Publishing Group. INTO THE HEAT is her second full-length novel and it’s also with Boroughs.
TELL ME A STORY is Tamara’s first novella. It’s the first episode of The Story Series, a five-novella serial about a bookstore owner who reads erotica to a billionaire during a literary event in Florida.
When Tamara isn’t reporting, writing or reading, she’s doing yoga, cooking for her Italian husband or chasing her dogs on a beach on Florida's Gulf Coast. She loves connecting with people on social media.