Roman Harper is known for being three things:
A talented artist…
A charismatic loner…
And most notably, an unintentional heartbreaker.
Even though he doesn’t mean for women to fall in love with him, Roman Harper has left a string of broken hearts in his wake. But after a lie tore his world apart eight years ago, Roman doesn’t let anyone get too close to him. Sex is sex and love is…completely out of the question. Using the past as motivation, Roman pours his heart out onto his canvas. His heartache inspires some of his best work. And at twenty-eight years old, his art is finally getting the recognition that he’s always desired. But when Roman wakes up on the morning after his successful event with no recollection of who left the cryptic message on his bathroom mirror, everything changes.
Chapter 1, Paragraph 2, I read this sentence:
"As soon as I opened the door, the cold Virginia air stopped me in my tracks."
And I was all
Because dammit, I CANNOT resist a story set in MY state.
Once I came down from that high and really started reading the story I realized that it wouldn't have mattered if the story was set on Mars. It still would have been amazing.
I have a love/hate relationship with Roman. I mean, on the one hand, I want to tie him up and have my way with him, but on the other, I want to slap him around and wring his neck. He really, really needed a kick in the ass and it may have taken a really long time, but he finally got it.
You'll go back and forth in your mind a million times trying to figure it out and when you finally think you really know, you're wrong.
There is so much sexual frustration and tension throughout this book. From the very beginning, there's a thick blanket of "Oh Gawd! I need it now!" that carries throughout the first 75% or so of the book. And when it finally happens, OMG! All of that tension and frustration makes it so much better. I was all like
Then Roman broke my heart into a million tiny pieces. I was thinking, he must be masochistic, and by the end of the book I was thinking I might be masochistic. I was in tears at the end and I am NOT a crier. I am so glad it ended the way it did. I had my doubts and thought I would be left with a broken heart at the end. I was prepared for that. I had actually planned for that. So glad I didn't need those plans.
I've read other books by Danielle Allen, and those were good, but this one... this one had a totally different vibe and hit me in a totally different way. Heartache has blown me away.
*Copy received from author for review purposes.
I am a married event planner and life coach. My awesome friends and family and my amazing husband make my life sweet. I love to have fun and enjoy the life I’ve been blessed with. I love shopping and football with equal fervor. I’m an amateur movie critic (i.e. my husband and I watch and critique a lot of movies for fun). I love to read and I enjoy sharing my love of books with anyone who will listen. I love music. A good lyric with a good melody can paint a vivid picture and invoke such a range of emotions. I have a soft spot for most mediums of creative, artistic expression.
With degrees in psychology, human services, and marriage and family counseling, I have a unique perspective on life, love and the pursuit of happiness. As an author, I combine an active imagination and life experiences to create stories that are easily relatable and intentionally intriguing. I want to offer you a peek into someone else’s life and for you to get lost in their story, their trials, their triumphs. My ultimate goal is to create a character or a story that stays with you long after you’ve put the book down.
In a nutshell, I am a Romance Novelist, Life Coach, Event Planner, Teacher, Karaoke Singer, and Professional Hugger.