19 de fevereiro de 2019
First, let's all acknowledge this beautiful cover, please and thank you.
I admit the first thing that caught my attention and the desire to read this book was the cover. It's so colorful and beautiful that it got me curious to know about the characters.
This was my first read by Staci Hart, even though I have other books by her on my Kindle (go figure why I didn't read them yet. 🤷🏻♀️)
After I started this book, I saw that it belonged in a standalone series that is focused on the girls, the four best friends. I regretted a little for not starting from the first book because from the little a saw about Val and Rin, I kept wondering how they ended up with Sam and Court. But, these are already on my (ever-growing) tbr and I can't wait to read about them.
Anyway, about this story...
Amelia was really fun to read. She was real, funny and innocent. Since she was a kid, she had a problem speaking and that made her suffer during her childhood, making her become lonely. Her only best friends were her books. Until she meets a group of friends on college that would stay with her for the rest of her life. Amelia is shy and does everything to keep away from crowds and conversation with strangers, she always has a buffer to help her out. Until the bad-boy bestseller, Thomas Bane makes her an offer that she can't really refuse.
"“Are you interested in being my no?”
I blinked at him. “What a strange question.”
A chuckle rumbled through a closed, sideways smile. His eyes had to be black, black as sin."
Tommy was extremely loyal to the ones he loves, especially with his family. He does everything in his power to protect them and to keep them away from the media. He was a fierce sense of right and wrong and acts on it without a second thought. He is always ready to protect the ones that need protection, in every situation and that's what happens when he meets the petite Amelia. She is the one that always reviews his books with less than 3 stars, saying exactly what she thinks of his characters and what's wrong with them. When he meets her, he can't stop proposing her a business partnership, in order to help him develop his characters in a better way.
"I’d never had a muse, but I’d always wanted one. And today, with Amelia Hall shooting down my heroes like tin cans, I felt like she might become mine."
After they start working together, they develop a cute and light friendship.
Amelia is trying her best to help him in his books and Tommy is trying to figure out why he can't stop thinking about her.
"If I’d ever passed Amelia Hall on the street, she wouldn’t have caught my attention. But that was the thing about girls like her. Once you saw them, there was no unseeing them."
Because of his bad-boy reputation, Tommy is now under restricting 'orders' that he has to keep his nose clean and can't get into any trouble. Problem is, trouble seems to be his middle name and always finds him. No matter what.
So, after another crisis in his image, Tommy needs saving. And not any saving, he needs to aim high if he wants to keep publishing books. In comes Amelia. The savior.
“No model can save me. I need an angel. I need you.”
In less than 24h, Amelia's life turns upside down and she sees herself now married to the untamed bad-boy Thomas Bane.
Their marriage will save Tommy and help him keep his head above water. Everything is working okay, they are focusing on his new book and everything is great until they aren't. Once the snowball begins to descend, everything standing in the way is crushed.
After a big revelation, their relationship, that had started growing into something real, was crushed with fake news and lies from the media.
"I was falling in love with my husband. And I had the undeniable feeling that he was falling in love with me, too."
And, after getting everything fixed, they started to realize how much they meant to each other. Something that started fake, was quickly becoming the most real relationship they ever had.
“Thomas Bane, Tamed.”
I giggled. “Amelia Bane, Beast Tamer.”
This book was so beautiful. I spend the most part getting glimpses of The Beauty and The Beast. This book resembles so much that story. Tommy was the untamed Beast, and Amelia was the Beauty that arrived to change him forever.
It's so cute, I loved every second of it. It made me smile and fell in love with the characters.
I loved Staci's writing and I'll be sure to read more by her. Loved it! Well-deserved 5 star book.