Laguna Heights – 4 Stars

laguna heights Kaira Rouda

Laguna Beach (Book 2)

Releasing October 15, 2015

Real You Publishing


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 book blurb

Annie and Hank have created a perfect life in Laguna Beach but when a dark secret is revealed, will their marriage survive?

In high school, Annie Johns was the calm, supportive sidekick to the rest of the tumultuous female stars of the hit reality TV show, Laguna Nights. Today, she’s living the happy life as a mom that she predicted on the show long ago. There’s only one problem: the secret from her past that haunts her most nights, a secret that if revealed could ruin everything she shares with her husband, Hank, the man who saved her from the heartache.

Laguna Heights can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novella. And if you enjoy Annie and Hank’s story, please consider reading the rest of the Laguna Beach series. Laguna Nights (Laguna Beach Book 1), Madison and Josh  Laguna Heights (Laguna Beach Book 2), Annie and Hank  Laguna Lights (Laguna Beach Book 3), Laura and Paul Laguna Sights (Laguna Beach Book 4), Jamie and Scott


Laguna Nights (Book 1)

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Laguna Lights (Book 3)

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Release Date: November 10, 2015

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Why won’t Madison pick up? Annie’s hand shook as she held her phone to her ear, wishing her best friend would answer her call. Annie sat crouched down, hiding in the front seat of her white mini-van, ducked below the steering wheel, hoping Chris hadn’t followed her out to the grocery store’s parking lot.

Knowing him, as she did, he would.

“Madison, it’s Annie. I need to talk to you. Please, call me,” she said before hanging up. Breathe in, breathe out, she reminded herself, techniques the counselor at college had taught her to deal with this situation her senior year in college all those years ago. She had been free from Chris for more than a decade.

What was he doing in Laguna Beach? Had he come here to find her or was it just a coincidence?

A fist pounded on the driver’s side window. “Hey Annie,” Chris yelled through the glass as Annie screamed.


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about the author

Kaira Rouda

Kaira RoudaI’m delighted to be able to say I’m a national bestselling author. My books have won the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader’s Choice Awards and honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest International Book Awards. The novels have been widely reviewed and featured in leading national magazines. I’m still working hard and building that career, learning from a wonderfully supportive reading and writing community. Speaking of support, I couldn’t ask for a more wonderful family. My husband and four amazing almost grown children are my biggest blessings. Oh, and my friends fill my life with joy. I hope you’ll take a moment to visit my website – and to peruse my books. I love talking to book clubs, in person or via Skype. If you’re interested, please let me know. For more, please visit my website

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my review

4 Stars

The new novella, Laguna Heights is a glimpse into Annie and Hank’s life who were introduced in the first book.  It was fun to read and it gives fans of the series another adventure with a great group of characters.

If you’re new to this series, back when they were in high school Annie, Madison, Josh and Laura were on a reality television series about their lives. Annie wasn’t mixed up in the romantic drama of the show but she still became a household name and that popularity followed her to college – where she makes decisions that will haunt her for years.

​Laguna Heights’ point of view bounces from the present back to Annie’s past and you slowly learn her truths.  The storyline and build up was spectacular. I was curious and intrigued by Annie’s secret – what could she possibly be keeping from Hank?!  What happened 10 years ago that was so horrible that it could end her life as she knows it??  The secret is earth shattering for Hank and as it initially unfolds, it’s intense.  You’re nervous for Annie and worried about the fallout.

It was at this point, that my review went from a five star review to four stars.  I was loving Laguna Heights – the suspense and story was awesome. However, then the plot just became anti-climatic for me.  Suddenly all drama and problems are just neatly tied up within a chapter – it felt unrealistic and was a bit of a let down.  It didn’t make it a horrible story, I simply wanted more from the story than the author gave – I guess I just wish it was a full story not a novella.

Overall, I thought Laguna Heights was an entertaining read and I would recommend it.


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