There’s a few things that make this different from (better than, actually) your average billionaire romance. First of all, the hero, Zach, is a recluse. Y’all know I love me some recluse heroes. Secondly, Zach isn’t an alphahole, and he isn’t perfect; he’s blind. Y’all know I love me some perfectly imperfect heroes. And finally, Zach is the most special, sparkly unicorn of romance heroes: a virgin. (Stay tuned, because we’ve got a list of book recommendations for virgin romance heroes coming on May 25th.) This constellation of unique traits made Zach perfect romance hero catnip for readers who, like me, are sick of the manwhore alphas who are the hottest, most perfect physical specimen ever.
I liked Veronica, too. She’s tough and smart and dedicated to her cause (bettering her community). She’s also older than Zach, so, yay! You don’t see too much of that in romance land. (We have a list in our archives of our favorite older woman/younger man romances here, but we would’ve been hard-pressed to come up with too many more recommendations.)
This was also a quick, easy, low-angst read. I’m not a huge fan of angst or super lengthy reads, so this one worked nicely for me.
The only way I could’ve loved this novella more would be if it had been a full-length novel instead. I think the characters and story were interesting enough that everything could’ve been fleshed out a little more and stretched into a full-length novel.
But all in all, this was another win for Adriana Anders, and I’ll happily keep 1-clicking the crap out of everything she publishes.
Full disclosure: We received an ARC from the author, free of charge.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
It kicks the crap out of the romance stigma!
Other reading suggestions
My favorite read from this author is Under Her Skin, so definitely check that one out.