Book Review - A Chance to Say Yes by Tina Murray

From the publisher:
In the midst of money, glamour and lust, lives a secret so life-changing it could rip their worlds apart

What if your old high-school flame became one of the world’s most famous movie stars and moved back to town? What if he didn’t know that for twenty years you had been keeping a secret from him—and from the rest of the world?
Heston Demming is at the peak of his acting career – an international celebrity whose face is on every tabloid. He is wealthy, drop-dead gorgeous, and stalked by the paparazzi, but beneath the polished veneer he is a man fighting for emotional survival – a man whose life is falling apart.
When he returns to his hometown of Naples, Florida, his lavish lifestyle is declaration of victory over the poverty and hardship of his youth, but deep down inside he is a man drowning in despair... (Read more)

My review:

This book is a classic romantic suspense - the characters bring life experience, drama and emotion to each situation as they grapple with relationships, deception and growing and changing needs.  By coming back to his small hometown, superstar Heston Demming is trying to find peace and forgiveness, and of course finds new issues, drama and pain to confront instead... his journey to the opening of the book hasn't been an easy one and his journey through the book doesn't get any easier.  Along the way he tries to balance an ex-wife, son he abandoned, young daughter with his current wife, that current wife, as well as two former lovers - his high school sweetheart and 'the one that got away regularly' from a torrid romance.

This is a great Summer Read- it balances the suspense with some laughter, romance and new beginnings in a world of intrigue, money and betrayal.    The author, Tina Murray, is able to convey both the real emotions and the sexual tension felt by various characters in the book, as well as the lengths to which some characters will go to make the protagonist unhappy and unappreciated.  If you like a romance with twists, turns and surprises than this book is for you!

You can also check out the trailer for A Chance to Say Yes on Youtube:

About the author (from Pump Up Your Book):

Romance readers will recognize Southwest Florida resident Tina Murray from her published work Dead Palm Trees in Jackie Hofer’s anthology Tree Magic and from her essays in the USF literary journal Palm Prints.
A recluse at heart, Tina has ventured her way into the publishing world after years spent in a wide range of pursuits. Insight gained, especially as an actress and artist, subsequently enhanced by degrees in art education, education, art and drama from the Florida State University and the University of Miami, has fed her imagination for her debut romance novel, A Chance to Say Yes. Now she enjoys the sunny shores of paradise as she prepares the sequel in her movie‐star dynasty.
You can find Tina Murray at

Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of A Chance to Say Yes from Pump Up Your Book and the author for the purpose of reviewing this book.  All opinions are mine.