Meet Willow and Kane in the newest stand alone by Harper Sloan!
Mirror, mirror ... who's the fairest of them all?
I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretending they were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldn't grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all 'mean girls.'
And those mean girls were right - it was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world - and I knew the answer would never be me.
The women with long legs, flat stomachs, and perfect chests.
The type of women Kane Masters gravitated toward.
Well, that's definitely not Willow Tate.
No. That will never be me.
Because I'm completely imperfect.
And ... I hate myself.
I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them.
**I received and ARC for an honest review.**
I started this book late one night and couldn't put it down until close to three in the morning and that was only to make myself sleep and continue reading with fresh eyes.
I loved this book because of all the beautiful imprecations these characters have. I loved that the author wrote Eillow in such a real and relatable way. Many people struggle with image issues and I think they way Willow's imperfections were written were beautiful. I felt so much for this woman right off the bat. Her anxieties felt so real and pain and torment was palpable. All induced by the abusive people who were supposed to love her make her feel safe. I hated that Willow had to suffer through such hatred in order to become who she eventually becomes but it made her transformation all the more sweeter.
I loved Kane Masters and in all his sexy honesty. I loved that the connection between Kane and Willow is instant and felt oh so real. I loved Kane's added POV because it helped me connect with his character and love him so much more. His strong traits are what Willow needed to become the person Kane was looking for and the person she was always supposed to be.
There was a bit of secrecy surrounding Kane's recent past but I loved that no matter how much easier it would have been for him to break someone's trust in him for his personal gain, he still kept is promise. When all the secrets come out and threatens to take everything from Kane and Willow, I love how they both stepped up to protect each other and their family.
This is such a great read and I definitely recommend reading it if your looking for an empowering, emotional, sexy and romantic read.
“Are you nervous right now?”
“Tell me why.” His demand, steady and calm, gives me the courage I need to tell him. To open a vein and bleed my insecurities.
“I’m not perfect,” I whisper.
“And neither am I, Willow. I don’t want perfect. What so many see as perfect, to me, is fake. Perfect isn’t achievable naturally. No one, and I mean no one, is perfect.”
I’m shaking my head before he’s even done speaking, but one long finger comes up and presses against my lips before I can speak.
“No, let me finish. There isn’t beauty in perfection. It’s as fake as the image the word projects. Beauty is found in imperfection, Willow, because to admit you’re not perfect means you’re admitting you’re not whole and absolute. When I think of myself, I see someone willing to admit he’s as far from complete as it gets because, in order to get to that perfection, I need to find the other part of me who will make my life better. To take all the faults I have and fill them, and only then will I be there. You see, the way I see it, the only way to become perfect is to find that perfectly imperfect person who brings it out of you.”
When he stops, I swear I might have stopped breathing. How am I supposed to respond to that?
“Do you trust me?” he asks, his voice strong and sure.
“Yes, Kane. Nerves or not, I do.”
“Then let me show you what I see when I look at you.”
He brings his hands up, framing my face once again in a way I’m quickly becoming addicted to the feeling of. His warm eyes implore, begging me without words to let him continue. I do not intend to stop him, regardless of the butterflies currently taking over my system. I’m all in.
About the Author:
Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed 'Estrogen Ocean', much to her husband’s chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero--the super alpha kind!
Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn't take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.
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