In this modern-retelling of “Beauty and the Beast,” Savannah Carmichael, betrayed by an unreliable source, returns to her hometown of Danvers, Virginia with her once-promising journalism career in ruins. Given the opportunity to get back in the game by writing a patriotic human interest piece, Savannah turns her attention to the town hermit, Asher Lee, a wounded veteran who returned to Danvers eight years ago, and hasn’t been seen since.
After an IED explosion in Afghanistan took Asher’s hand and disfigured half of his face, he’s lived a quiet life on the outskirts of Danvers where the locals respect his privacy…that is, until Savannah Carmichael comes calling in a borrowed sundress with a plate of homemade brownies. When Asher agrees to be interviewed by Savannah, he starts feeling things for the beautiful reporter that he hasn’t felt in years.
Misfits in small-town Danvers, Savannah and Asher create a bond right away, touching each other’s hearts in ways neither thought possible. When a terrible mistake threatens to drive them apart, they’ll have to decide if the love they found in one another’s arms is strong enough to fight for their hard-won happily ever after.
If you want a classic and heartwarming romance then this book is just for you. There was a lot of aw factors and a lot of romance. But I think my problem with this one was, my expectations were tremendously high because Katy’s Never Let You Go book was so fantastic.
This book is about a pretty girl and a scarred (emotionally and physically) man who doesn’t let anybody in until they are coincidentally thrown together. Vulnerability gets the best of both of them and rules change and things happen and yeah. I wasn’t a huge fan of the heroine in this book. She was selfish. But the hero made up for the annoyance I got from the heroine. I did very much enjoy the hero, Asher. I felt like he was well written and portrayed very nicely.
Two words: insta-love. I can’t do it. Unless an author makes it very believable, I can’t do it.
A downfall to this was how predictable it was. I think that it was a simple but entertaining modern spin on the beauty and the beast fairytale. So we all kind of know how that one ends. Katy’s writing takes you to another world and I like how dynamic she is with her writing. None of her books are every consistently the same and I think that in this day and age that’s a huge accomplishment.