I admire the author for taking the totally classy route with an artsy cover. (Not that I have anything against muscly lumberjack dudes with open flannel shirts and rock-hard abs. They’re quite lovely really. But I digress…)
Anyhoo, y’all know how much I love a good recluse hero, and Cassidy is one of the best I’ve ever read. I mean, this guy takes being a recluse to the level of art. He lives totally off the grid and pretty much always has. He’s totally self-sufficient and super knowledgeable when it comes to how to survive off the land, but at the same time, he’s completely clueless about the outside world, which makes him endearingly naive when it comes to matters of normal social interaction and dating. While reading I just wanted to wrap him up in a warm blanket, cuddle him to my chest (not in a creepy old cougar way, I promise) and take him home with me like a lost little stray puppy. It only took a few pages of reading the story from his POV to make me SERIOUSLY invested in his happily ever after.
Brynn was a good heroine, too. A little emotionally (and physically) damaged, but not broken. She’s a survivor. She also has a huge heart, and her acceptance of Cassidy’s, um, let’s call them social quirks really endeared her to me.
You’ll read in some other reviews that the story is instalovey. I will admit that these two fell quickly for each other. But for me, their story didn’t fall into the instalove category. I mean, Cassidy saved Brynn’s life. He carried her down a mountain, for miles and miles, on his back to get her to safety. The fact that Brynn would fall for him quickly doesn’t seem terribly unrealistic to me. And as for Cassidy...well, he’s been without human contact for practically his entire life. Of course he’d quickly develop feelings for a beautiful, giving, sweet-natured woman who accepted him and his off-the-grid lifestyle wholeheartedly.
And for those of you who like plot twists, there’s a doozy in this one just for you. I won’t give anything away, but even I (horrible, jaded old curmudgeon that I am) was shocked.
So, long-story-short, this is a highly one-clickable romance that fans of, well, anything romance-y should love. Get to your Kindles immediately. You’ll thank me later.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
Crushes it! This one is clean and sober. No rehab needed.
Other reading suggestions
For more sexy recluse reads, watch for our list coming out on Friday.