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    A modern day Beauty and the Beast tale...

    I absolutely loved this book! I thought the story was amazing and I just couldn’t find the right words to express how much I enjoyed the book so please forgive me if I stumble a little. I love strong heroines and Allie’s strength and determination to help her family survive was amazing. I liked her right away and was completely blown away by how resilient she was, no matter how bad the situation got. Ever since her mother got sick, she dropped everything and sacrificed her college education and much of her happiness in order to take care of her father and younger sisters. Trevor is a total asshole but after meeting his parents, he’s got a great excuse. His parents were often neglectful throughout his childhood, sending him to boarding school and to live with his grandfather while they married and remarried about a dozen times. Their dysfunctional family experience completely jaded Trevor on any concept of love and it hardened his heart. I wasn’t sure about Trevor and Allie’s pairing, but as the story progressed their relationship developed beautifully and I loved the balance of animosity, amusement and sexual chemistry. The sex scenes were gritty and passionate and the interactions with Trevor and Allie were always explosive and deeply emotional. Their constant banter had me laughing out loud on several occasions. I also enjoyed the secondary story lines with Allie still trying to be there for her father and sisters and watching Trevor interact with his parents as unwelcome guests in his home. The story wove together beautifully and I just loved it. The characters are endearing and easily relatable. There was nothing about this book that I didn’t like. I agonized a bit over the review because I still couldn’t quite capture my feelings about the book. It’s easily one of the best books I’ve read this year and possibly ever. The characters are brilliant and the love story is extraordinary; truly a whimsical modern day Beauty and the Beast tale testing the bonds of family and the fragility of love. This is my first read from the author and I’ve been irrevocably enchanted. I highly recommend this story to anyone who believes that love can truly conquer all. ***I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***

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    Not as predictable as I would have thought

    Really enjoyed reading this story. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series, when it becomes available.

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    Wasn't sure if I was going to like it at first

    This review is long, long overdue. See, I discovered Terri Austin with her Rose Strickland Mystery series. And since I thought they were fabulous, I did all the things that fans do: I followed the author on Goodreads, subscribed to her newsletter, followed her on twitter and liked her on Facebook. I think it was through one of her Facebook giveaways that I actually won this book. It wasn't long after I received it that I started it, reading a little bit every day on my lunch break at work. It was a good story; one that I enjoyed enough that when the second book was released, I requested an ARC for review. So, back to the question of why I didn't do a review at the time.... Um. *shrugs* I don't have a good answer, other than books that I read for my personal enjoyment I don't tend to do formal reviews for. But when I reviewed the second book in the series, I realized that I should officially review the first. To be honest, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not when I started it. The whole idea of the Alpha-hole guy basically cornering the scared woman into a sexual relationship... eh, sounded a bit creepy, smacked of a bodice ripper historical and so-ho-ho not my usual fair. But I figured I would give the author a chance to convince me with her plot and storytelling. You know what? It worked. I was by turns assured and persuaded to her vision. And though there was plenty of smexy good times to be had, that actually is built up to far more slowly than some other "traditional" plot line romances that I have read. Trevor's not the A-hole I first envisioned and Allie's not the weak-spined ninny letting the "Man" bully her around. It really is a love story of two slightly damaged people, each with their own hang ups and issues. Together, they complete each other and created something stronger. I especially liked Trevor's crazy parents. Meeting them explained so much. So, so much. I liked it, thought it redeemed my initial fears, so I gave it 3 stars.

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