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Published by the author (self-published) on June 15th 2015
Genres: Adult fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Source: ARC from publisher
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Charlotte Hart used to have the perfect life.
Or…what she thought was perfect.
President of her sorority. Legions of friends. A promising career in journalism. It’s exactly what she wanted, exactly what she’d always planned. But after her slimy bastard of a boyfriend cheats on her with her archenemy, everything she built comes crumbling down.
She needs out. Now.
But leaving everything behind means she has to live with Max, a mysterious guy from the past. Living with him isn’t the wisest decision she’s ever made—Max isn’t friendly, he keeps a lot of secrets, and sneaks out in the middle of the night. There’s definitely something shady about him, but at least he seems to understand what she needs. In fact, he seems to know it better than she does.
When Charlotte shows up on Max Archer’s doorstep, he knows he can’t turn her away. He wishes he could—she’s broken, lost, comes with too much baggage, but he owes her his life. Whatever she wants, he’ll find a way to make it happen. Problem is, Max doesn’t count on Charlotte wanting more than he’s willing to give.
He doesn’t count on her wanting his heart.
I LOVED this. It was amazing. It was addicting. I couldn’t put it down.
Of course, parts of it really didn’t make sense…they kept feeling this undeniable attraction even though they didn’t know each other at all, and Max seemed to have no self-control at the most random times but acted like a total jerk at others. And Charlotte really wasn’t as I expected either—I didn’t expect her to wear her emotions on her sleeve, but that’s who she was, and I admired that because it took out the whole mind-game aspect that a lot of relationships (and potential ones) have. Honestly that probably saved a lot of time. The book would have been twice as long, I’m sure of it.
And luck came into play as well. It wasn’t entirely up to the characters. But they worked for what they got. I enjoyed the book’s ability to make me feel. I don’t know if it was because I could relate or not, but something was different with this book and it had me feeling things. For example, I was heartbroken and furious right along with Char when she was dealing with the whole ex-boyfriend thing. I could feel all the emotions the characters were feeling and it surprised me—even though it’s pretty normal for me to get involved in a book that way.
There was also some humor. Mostly Max was pretty tough and Char was pretty chill when it came to narration style, but sometimes—usually with Max—there would be some really hilarious moments. The book really was a great blend of good things.
Actually, thinking more about it, I admire Charlotte’s attitude more and more. She’s the kind of girl who needs to talk through things rather than hold grudges. She won’t be as relentlessly loyal as I would prefer, but she’ll be pretty darn loyal. She’ll get straight to the point about things. She’ll understand you. And she likes things to be clear and defined, rather than confusing and messy. And she won’t take no for an answer.
Even with bada** heroines, all those traits aren’t usually present—at least not all at once. Usually, those types of heroines have weaknesses along those more emotional lines—they give in to their emotions, lose control like Max does, give up trying to understand how they feel, and just go with it while the partner takes the reins. Char had the advantage of both being a bada** (she can shoot a gun with amazing accuracy, what more need be said) and very clear about what she needs emotionally. Maybe not what she wants all the time, but she—or at least her subconscious—knows what she needs.
Loved the book. I would welcome it on my shelves.
reaction upon finishing
oh man! That was good!
this book in one word