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  • Impossible

    Ada is a strong happy person considering what she has been through. She does her best to help others and find the best in everything. Her next job will be her most difficult when she meets Max. These two bump heads so often it had me laughing so hard. Fun story.

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  • Impossible not to love!

    Not loving this book, Impossible! Once again Darcy Burke delivers all the love and anguish that makes a true romance. Nothing is harder to overcome than our own feelings of worth. Ada & Max have both been through so much pain in their lives. They cannot help but have self-doubt. After the tragedies of his life, Lord Warfield had shut himself off from the world and ceased to care about anything or anyone. Left with few staff and no direction in his responsibility to the Viscountcy he never thought he’d have, his friend steps in and sends Ava Treadway to see to his books and help him. Ava is the personification of positivity, and eventually wears down Max’s surly demeanor. The evolution of their love does not come easy, but it is a beauty of selfless love. In the end they both find healing in each other. I loved the power of friendship that is so intrinsic of The Phoenix Society. This is a group of friends that have proven that the family you choose can be just as powerful and sometimes more, than the family of birth. I especially loved seeing Glastonbury shine as a friend, even being new in Warfields life, he channeled the Phoenix Society friendship to the tee with his support. He has come such a long way from the gentleman we got to know originally in Intolerable. I cannot wait to continue to Dougal’s story.

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  • A little bit Beauty and the Beast

    A little bit Beauty and the Beast, and all grumpy versus sunshine. Max returned from war with more wounds than can be seen with the naked eye. Ada just wants to do her job, and maybe get a little bit of payback for her friend while she’s there. Will her relentless good cheer and optimism be able to discover what’s going on at Stonehill, or will the dark cloud surrounding the Viscount Warfield be enough to dim even her bright light? I loved these two and I hated that their opinions of their own past actions so negatively colored the way they saw themselves. I felt like this story was as much about Max and Ada recognizing their self worth as it was watching them learn to trust their feelings of love. Their chemistry is immediate and powerful, but their actual romance is a slower burn; a case of lust leading to love, in many ways. I also loved that we got to see a bit more resolution to the situation of the previous book that I felt wasn’t quite finished. I enjoyed seeing Max with his now extended family. I may have only just finished reading this book, but already I’m itching to dig into the next in the series. I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book through NetGalley.

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  • Good Read

    4.5 Impossible by Darcy Burke is book 5 in The Phoenix Club series. This story is a grumpy/sunshine, beauty and the beast trope. Max was badly injured while serving in Spain and doesn’t want to live, while Ada is a very optimistic, happy person despite her past. She is sent by Max’s best friend to organize his estate books and maybe the estate along the way. They spend 2 weeks together on the estate during which time they have an impact on each other and then the story moves to London where the most significant changes to both characters and their relationship happens. These characters together are truly magical and jump off the page. Their banter was good and there were some amazingly sweet moments between them. Burke wrote some very poignant scenes in the story – which were at opposite ends of the spectrum – that were powerful and encapsulated the characters’ journey as individuals and a couple. I found them to be very relatable characters. I love Max (new book boyfriend), when we get to see even glimpse of his heart/vulnerability, it touched my heart. His change, for me most of all, was impactful and significant. His character development comes from love, forgiveness, and acceptance of himself. He is the character of the two that I connected with the most. I really liked Ada and her journey was more about trusting herself and her heart. The theme that stands out in this book for me was accepting and forgiving oneself for their past and learning to move forward, while living with their past. This is a really good book and I highly recommend it. It is not a 5-star read for me because it’s a bit too much of a modern historical for my tastes and there are a couple of plot points that didn’t feel right/I didn’t connect with. While this is part of a series, I did read it as a standalone and it works – do know that there are secondary characters that appear from previous books in the series. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Steamy beauty-and-the-beast theme

    At her boss's request, Ada goes to help Max, Marquess of Warfield, with his ledgers. His estate is going to ruin. At first, he wants nothing to do with her. Or his estate. Or his life. Gradually, her cheerful disposition helps him out of the despair that war and loss have sunk him into. Can he convince her that he's changed? If you like steamy, beauty-and-the-beast, grumpy/sunshine stories, then this book is for you. The plot is more complex than it first appeared to be, with a couple of twists. In her own way, Ada has suffered as much as Max has, yet she chooses happiness—helping him find faith that he, too, can heal. Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC I received. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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