Fresh Face Friday: Santorini Sunset by Claire Croxton

Happy Friday!  Today I’m spotlighting yet another awesome read and author.  Claire Croxton’s Santorini Sunset has you falling in love with the characters and Santorini.  Not only is it a great love story it is a wonderfully emotional tale that illustrates the intricacies and complications that come with family.  Not to mention there is a super hot guy that should be on everyone woman’s Christmas list.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have  great weekend and be sure to stay tuned I have some cool promo’s coming up in the next week.

13551416Book Blurb:

Caroline Clayton’s sister, Gabriella, is getting married . . . to Caroline’s former fiancé, Albert. Instead of drowning her sorrows in a vat of ice cream, Caroline recruits her sultry co-worker, Raul Sobrevilla, to be her wedding date. Showing up with Mr. Hotter Better Sexier has the desired effect. Both Gabriella and Albert are jealous and Caroline’s mother is speechless for the first time in history. Even Caroline’s dad is happy with that result.

Raul Sobrevilla hired on at Synergy so he could work with the best, Caroline. When she asks him to attend the wedding in Santorini, Greece, he sees it as an opportunity to prove to her that he’s her perfect partner both at the office and in the bedroom.


When we first meet Caroline she is a complete rock star in her field of work.  Unfortunately this doesn’t translate over to her personal life.  Ever since her sister has asked her to be her maid of honor in her wedding she has been forced to create a boyfriend.  Unfortunately, that boyfriend is her colleague.  Raul Sobrevilla is an extremely attractive and seems out of Caroline’s league.  That is why she chose him as her imaginary boyfriend.  All was going smoothly until her mother surprises her at work and forces her to come clean with Raul and ask him to be her fake boyfriend for her sister’s wedding.  Raul is hesitant at first until he learns that her sister is marrying Caroline’s ex-fiance and then Raul is on board for this fake relationship.  Very quickly the fake is dropped from their relationship and they become closer.  Caroline and Raul learn the delicacies of how each was raised through their interactions with their families.  Raul grew up with a warm loving family.  Caroline is used to being something akin to a whipping boy for her mother and sister’s pleasure.  After the pain he ex-fiance caused her Caroline is unsure if she will ever be ready to let love in.  Raul’s new job will be to convince Caroline that he is the man for her to open up and fall in love with.

This book was so hard to put down.  I adored every minute even though some of it was torturous.  Caroline and Raul’s relationship, though forced at first, becomes natural and all-consuming that Caroline finds herself losing her focus that its fake.  She tries desperately to protect her heart when its being attacked on all sides.  Some of the things her sister and mother say and do to her are horrendous.  Raul’s character really became a soothing balm for her wounds.  This story really had a Cinderella vibe to it.  Her mother and sister really fit the roles of evil mother and sister.  Raul was definitely prince charming.  Though I really liked Caroline I got very frustrated with her character.  She was so smart yet so dumb when it came to Raul.  I really echoed her friends sentiments when they tried to shake some sense into her.  Overall, Santorini Sunset will make you swoon, cringe and sigh throughout the whole book.  If you’re looking for a great romance you have found it here with Claire Croxton’s Santorini Sunset.

Author Bio:


After spending over a decade as a technical writer in Northern Alaska, Claire Croxton chucked aside her mukluks, loaded up her cats and south to pursue a career in writing fiction. Claire has

written several short stories that have been published in anthologies.  Her novels, which she refers to as soul-searching snark, are filled with unique characters—strong, bold women and knock-your-bloomers-off hot men.  Sure they’re flawed, but who cares? Have you seen

their abs?

When she’s not writing, she’s gardening, baking or thinking about making another quilt.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. clairecroxton
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 11:16:05

    Reblogged this on Claire Croxton Romance Author and commented:
    Thank you Book Maven for a lovely review


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