on November 10th 2016
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Beast:-a wild animal that is large, dangerous, or unusual.-an unkind cruel person-Holden Reed
Football was everything for Holden Reed, through blood, sweat, and tears he lived his life for the game. The spotlight that endlessly followed him due to his fame, was his downfall, especially when he failed to keep his anger in check. Due to his lack of control and explosive bouts of rage, he rightfully earned the nickname, “The Beast.” And with the results of his rogue actions, he heard the one word no professional athlete ever wanted to hear.
After what was supposed to be a mandatory time-out to straighten out his ways, he finds himself at the mercy of a beautiful Innkeeper while stuck at a Bed & Breakfast in the backwoods of Colorado.
Dutiful:-conscientiously or obediently fulfilling one’s duty.-motivated by duty rather than desire or enthusiasm-Marlee Tate
Once upon a time, Marlee Tate devoted her life to a prestigious PR firm, taking an active role in following her hopes and aspirations. But with one phone call from her family, she was ready to toss her dreams aside without hesitation to be the daughter she felt she needed to be. Now, she’s back at home, forced to work at her family’s livelihood, Tate Manor.
During what was considered to be the worst snowstorm in Colorado history, the treacherous weather sent the abrupt but intriguing stranger crashing into her doorstep.
What will happen when two guarded souls collide together after being hidden away from the outside world? When half-truths come to light and hearts are meaninglessly tossed aside? Will they arise from their stubborn stupor or continue to keep each other at arm’s length?
I have a confession. I took one look at this cover and signed up for this bad boy. And I was not disappointed!!! I love sports romance, it’s one of my favorite genres. Everyone is always looking for more sport romance novels, so you guys need to add this one to your list! Once I got past this gorgeous cover and onto the blurb, I was intrigued.
We first meet Holden Reed, star running back to the Carolina Panthers. We learn that Holden is gorgeous, overly confident and has a bit of an anger management issue. I guess this is how he got the nickname “The Beast”. After his last ‘incident’ Holden’s coach has had enough. After putting him on suspension he threatens that Holden gets his shit together or he’s done.
Holden, thinking that he was irreplaceable, is taken by surprise. He decides to follow suit and clean up his act by meeting with an anger management coach and taking a vacation during his suspension. After an interesting sequence of events, Holden finds himself climbing out of his wrecked rented Toyota Yaris in the middle of a snow storm in Colorado instead of having some fun in the sun in Hawaii.
Marlee Tate thinks that she’s going to spend the next several days curled up with a good book in front of the fire at Tate Manor during the storm of the century. Instead she is met by a big burly, injured man needing a place to stay. Alone in the bed and breakfast, Marlee finds his presence overwhelming, but she starts to notice that Holden is holding back. Soon Marlee begins to break down his walls, discovering the hidden man below the surface.
But it was his eyes that called out to me. Not necessarily the color, although they were just the perfect shade of blue, almost cerulean. But the emotions he had hidden in their depths, that he didn’t want to world to see but wasn’t doing all that great of a job of hiding.
Holden finds it difficult to school his features, keeping his real thoughts hidden from Marlee. Since Marlee has no clue who Holden is, he gets a clean slate with her. She has no expectations, no judgement and accepts him for what she sees. Holden finds his relationship with Marlee refreshing given his recent reputation.
What occurs over the next 48 hours is completely romantic. They both start to realize that reality will be knocking on their door soon. They will have to go on with their separate lives. But they savor their time together.
This between us has been more than the best fantasy. I couldn’t even fathom conjuring up something so special. Even in my wildest dreams, I couldn’t create anyone more perfect than you.
What I really enjoyed seeing was how Nation created this great complexity with Holden’s character. I loved how he was caring and nurturing towards Marlee. But he’s also really good at keeping people at arms length. When their time came to a close Holden questioned if he could be the man that Marlee deserves.
For the first time in my life, I really wanted to go after the girl.
“It’s true that I kept a major factor of my life away from you. But I also allowed you access to the biggest part of me, my heart.”
I really enjoyed reading this!!! This was my first novel by Amber Nation and I was pleasantly surprised. This was a nice, easy read. I was able to read this during a trip and it was a perfect fit! I hope that you guys will give it a try!