Originally Posted to Goodreads on October 25, 2014
Blurb: Disclaimer: This story is a modern day Fairytale. Prepare for events that go beyond the normal day events you are use to. Plan on a happily ever after escape.
They say that the best way to heal is to find someone who suffers more and invest in their healing. Nerissa Meadows decides to make a change in career and experiences the strangest of interviews. She had been through so much but nothing like her soon to be employer, Liam Byrne. His scars have stolen from him…from his two little girls. It’s as if life has ceased to exist outside of his own front door in order to protect what he loves and keep out what he fears. He perceives his weakness but Nerissa sees in him a wounded hero. Her heart aches for his two girls. Their young lives have been touched by too much sadness! They need her and she finds that she most desperately needs them. Fairytales can take shape in the most unlikely of places!
RATED 4/5 Stars
Yes, it’s a modern telling of Beauty and the Beast. But if that’s all it really was, then reading this book would have been a bit of a chore, or just a bore, or some other sluggish word ending with -ore. By the way, it’s not any of those words.
First off, forget the plot. This isn’t about plot. We already know how this will end, we know how the relationship(s) will grow, and basically we know all of this. No, this book is about the growth of the characters. From the two main leads to the supporting cast, they all carry their own special personalities. They aren’t two-dimensional either. They’re as well formed as they can be with the amount of time that they’re given. And depending on the character, they’re all given a suitable amount of time.
I do got to say, though. There is a bit of plot, but it really isn’t central to the story. The plot focuses on two things, and that’s getting the two leads together, and a mystery that I won’t really get into. Mostly because it doesn’t play too much until the third act.
What matters is that the two leads are both haunted people, scarred in their own separate ways. This is a story about their healing. Yes the romance is at the front, but it isn’t forced it’s natural.
Sarah Brocious allows the characters to develop their own relationship. Every now and then there will be a bit of a push from the plot to hurry up the growth, but even then it doesn’t feel forced but just a bit of incentive. Don’t read for the plot, but for the characters, because that is what makes this story so amazing and cheesy (I love cheesy, I shall admit it) and quirky and just fun.