Published by CreateSpace on November 17th 2015
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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.
This was a very inspirational and empowering book. It was hard to read at times because such evil and hate shouldn’t exist in this world. But it is definitely good to see stories about people overcoming their fears and finding the strength within them to change their lives for the better, to take back control of their lives.
Willow Tate is a great character; she has been battered and bullied by her abusive husband, her half-sister and her step dad. When we meet her she’s struggling to take back her life. She’s come a long way, but she’s still not there, it doesn’t help that she’s surrounded by their negativity and ill will. She’s struggles with so many issues including her confidence and body image.
Enter Kane Masters, movie actor, superstar and sexiest man alive (book’s description, not mine). Kane is the typical alpha-male savior. He’s enchanted by Willow since day one and he’ll do anything to have her.
The relationship is a whirlwind and they fall in love, of course!
“You make me feel alive, Willow Tate. I feel alive after years of nothing but loneliness. Knowing I’m just miles from dropping you off has that loneliness closing back in on me.”
Little by little Willow starts letting go of her fears and starts accepting that she’s worthy of his love. We can see her character evolved and her confidence build to the point where she starts loving herself.
I welcome the light just as much as I welcome the body I used to hate, because not only does the man I love adore every inch, but through his eyes, I do too.
There are some scorching hot scenes and some beautiful writing involved.
This is more than just coming together physically. This was our souls devouring any space left between them to become one. To fuse together in a bond that will never be broken.
So, why 3 stars? I just couldn’t connect to the story as much as I wanted to. First, there’s insta-love, which I’m not too fond of. Then there’s reality. This guy, the biggest star in the world instantly falls in love with this beautiful, big girl. God, I hope life was really like that but reality is so much different and cruel. He is just, too perfect, everything is. There’s also some unnecessary drama towards the end I didn’t enjoy. The book reads a lot like a fairytale, it’s a spin on the typical Cinderella story. I just didn’t feel the “feels” with this one like I expected.
However, I totally recommend it. The book is extremely beautiful and well written. The message is definitely powerful and encouraging and I’m sure many will love.
*ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*