by Lindy Zart
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date; April 18, 2016
Hired by a stranger to write his life story, Beth Lambert arrives at a seemingly abandoned house in the hills near her hometown. She knows the rumors, she knows it is dangerous and unwise. But she needs the money. And she needs to prove that it isn’t a mistake to think she can make a career out of a dream.
Inside the house of emptiness and coldness, she finds a man with curt words and haunted eyes. He is eccentric, odd. Brutish, even. He scares her, and he intrigues her. When she learns who he is, she wants to run. But there is the money, and there is the dream, and eventually, there is simply Harrison Caldwell. The haunted man with the black, ugly truth.
When I read the blurb, I thought this is another one of those Beauty & the Beast retelling. I'm such a sucker for that. But the hero, Harrison, is dealing with a whole different problem altogether and is not about his appearance.
Beth Lambert, live in the small town all her life and work as a barmaid. Recently broke up with her childhood sweetheart, she decided to pursue her long neglected writing career and took up the job as a biographer for their town's elusive man that lives at the mountain.
Harrison Ford, had been hiding his existence at the mountain's cabin and plan to live out his life in peace. He used to have it all, but now he is only a shell of a man he once was. Hiring Beth is just one of his way to leave something behind or maybe seek some human company.
This story is told from a 3rd POV and it took some getting used to. The slow moving plot is quite descriptive, but nothing overall draggy. I'm intrigued with getting to know Harrison's condition and his secret right from the start. Well, obviously he is not the usual scarred hero that hide away just because he is hideous. Harrison suffered from a disease that left him living a secluded life.
I manage to guess what it is about before it was reveal, but after getting my confirmation, it left me even more angry. This is the 21st century for Christ sake, do people are so uneducated and ill-informed? I read a few other books that deal with this problem and yet everyone in the community are very supportive.
Okay, maybe not everyone is so accepting and sometimes reality is painful. Maybe is due to my medical profession that I'm very open-minded about such a thing. Anyway, I'm glad that throughout the story, Beth and Harrison came to better terms about his illness and how they work on it.
Apart from spending time with Harrison, presumably getting to know him to write his story, Beth also spent time in town working at his ex-boyfriend's family bar. Let me just say that I hate the creepy and annoying Ozzy so fecking much. Beth's inability to just punch him in the face makes me lost a little respect for her. I wish she can grow a pair and just lay it out to him, stop trying to pacify him with your sweet little words.
On the romance side between Beth and Harrison, I think is a tad too slow moving and only at the last 20% that it show some real progress. I wish this book explore more on what happen at the last 20%, instead of focusing on Ozzy and Beth and Harrison's love on books.
In regards of the ending, I don't really love it. It kinda left me hanging and wondering. I wish it is a straight forward HEA. Bottom line is, I feel that this story is too real for my comfort. I prefer romance that ended up with a full blown HEA tied up neatly with flower and roses. Life is hard enough without having to read a book about dealing with real life crisis.
Lindy Zart is the USA Today bestselling author of Roomies. She has been writing since she was a child. Luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then. She lives in Wisconsin with her family. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a completely healthy obsession with the following: coffee, wine, bloody marys, peanut butter, and pizza.