It was sexy and intense. I enjoyed every element of the story, I just wish it came together in a different way. ~ Leigh, Guilty Pleasures
Mr. North by Callie Hart
Release Date: November 16th
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Law student Beth Dreymon is out of money and struggling hard. If she wants to finish her degree, she’s going to have to earn some money and fast. When she learns of an exciting opportunity—playing chess with New York’s most elusive billionaire—the offer sounds too good to be true. Reassured the offer is legit, Beth gets her game face on and prepares to geek out…
Only, when she steps foot into Raphael North’s luxurious penthouse, the rulebook goes flying out of the floor-to-ceiling windows. North is beautiful and damaged—a terrible temptation—and he has his sights set on winning Beth over. He’s just a job, though. A job Beth needs in order to make ends meet. If she plans on making her life in New York work, she needs to keep her eye on the prize. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, however, and it isn’t long before Beth finds herself entangled in Raphael’s world of dark desire.
Beth should run from the devastatingly attractive blue-eyed devil, but Mr North has other ideas…and he’s about to make his next move.
I’m sort of torn here.
How is it possible for me to adore the author, be drawn in by her writing style, want to be best friends with the heroine and kidnap the hero, be captured by the storyline, and STILL be unsure about the book as a whole?
That’s where I found myself when I finished Mr. North. I enjoyed every element of the story, I just wish it came together in a different way.
Through her best friend, Beth meets Raphael North. A reclusive technical genius and billionaire shrouded in an air of mystery. Originally hired as a companion to engage in an occasional game of chess with Raphael, Beth’s relationship with him quickly turns into more. But as their attraction grows, so do the obstacles in their way. Some are internal, such as Raphael’s reluctance to share his past, but some are more sinister.
I wanted to love this book. Callie Hart has a way of creating intricate stories with heroes that are flawed and damaged and so dominantly dirty. They fall for smart, sexy women who enjoy a walk on the dark side, and the attraction is always so hot it combusts. Mr. North had the right characters, but their transition from strangers to soul mates was too quick.
I thought the storyline regarding Raphael’s solitude in his penthouse prison was well thought out, but again, it was explained too fast.
And Raphael’s penchant for domination. This came out of nowhere and didn’t feel organic to the story. It felt added in for the sole purpose of making the story hot. Don’t get me wrong, it certainly did! But similar to everything else, it didn’t seem to flow. The character attraction, the backstory, the BDSM elements, they all felt as if they were segregated to their own parts of the book and I wish they melded together better.
Overall, I did enjoy this story. I thought all of the elements where there to make it great. I just came away wishing they were woven together more cleanly.
About the Author
Callie Hart is a USA Today bestselling author of dark romance novels. She is an obsessive romantic who loves throwing a dark twist into her stories. Her characters are imperfect, flawed individuals who dictate when she eats, sleeps and breathes. She loves to travel, and often pens her books when she’s on the road, drawing inspiration from her often unique and wild surroundings.
If she’s not writing, you’ll undoubtedly find her with her nose buried deep in a book, or binge watching Game of Thrones.
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