For the Love of His Life
by Fiona McGier
Can a sexy Hispanic action movie star find himself in the BWCA of upper Minnesota? Will the local woman he grows to love believe someone who “lies for a living”?
When a famous action star needs to clean-up for a major role that even he doubts he can deliver, the director sends him up to a resort owned by his grandmother in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of upper Minnesota, to learn to commune with nature. His guide is Veronica, the director’s cousin, a tall, athletic woman who has the relaxed, sensible nature of someone who knows herself well. Raul’s initial clumsy attempt to seduce her makes her laugh…so he calls her fat. There may be hope that their relationship will progress beyond its rocky start. Raul must overcome his partying nature to discover what is really important in life.
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For The Love of His Life, by Fiona McGier, I chose to read her book and review it and she offered it to me freely.
Wow, I absolutely loved this book. It is set in the Back Water Canoe Area in and around the town of Grand Marais in northern Minnesota. It is so beautiful up there!! But more so was the storyline. Raul, an actor, stereotypical and stoned all the timewhen not on set, and maybe even then, finds himself hiding away in some hick town. Away from his drug dealer buddies, the paparazzi, and he still is drunk from the time he wakes until he passes out again.
Veronica, is part of a big family who lives and works in and around the Back Water Canoe Area. She spends her mornings baking pies for her Grandmother who runs a local inn and restaurant, doing accounting jobs on the side, toying with ideas for writing a book. . .her life content until Raul is sent there to dry out and prepare for her cousin Jared’s hopefully big movie about her great-something grandfather.
I love the way Ms. McGier built the romance of the area and of Veronica and Raul’s growing attraction and her (their) struggles to make Raul ready to play Veronica’s ancestor, Hank Maynard, authentically. Raul becomes more himself as he sobers up and gets back into shape. He finds himself wanting to do this for Veronica and her family as much as for his movie role and finds himself in the process. His struggle with his reputation for womanizing and drug and alcohol addiction, to me seems open and honest. I think Veronica’s struggle to accept her love for him and all the problems with loving an addict, is honest. As I read, I can see the struggle on both sides of the growing relationship, and how misconceptions can taint your perception of the people you meet.
In addition to the main story, there are many other people in this book that I would love to read more about. Especially that Red-haired biker bitch and the Slovac who is not named or described in the ending of the book. The phantom that Ivan sends to “talk” to a few people. But also, Jake who is Veronica’s cousin, and Kelly who is Raul’s leading lady in the move.
All in all, I totally loved this book and recommend it to the 18 and over crowd.