He is a good man. Twisted and broken? Probably.
But a good man all the same.
I absolutely LOVED this book!!!!! I read it start to finish in one sitting because I just could not put it down. It was a sweet, sexy, gorgeous romance with a very unique twist to it. Just my kind of book!!! ♥
The story was about Brody and Alyssa. Brody had just spent the last five years in prison and was finally out and trying his best to get his life back in order. Alyssa on the other hand came from a life of luxury but had done her best to distance herself from it and spent all her time running a shelter she’d founded for abused and abandoned animals. Unfortunately when they met, they didn’t exactly get off on the right foot… he misjudged her at first by assuming that she was spoiled and needy like everyone else he knew who came from money, but he soon saw that she was in fact quite the opposite.
“She didn’t bat her eyelashes or use feminine charms on me to get her way. In fact, she didn’t ask for my help at all. She merely turned her back on me and stomped off to handle her problem on her own.
That, in and of itself, caught my interest because, in my experience… those that come from her sort of background don’t do things on their own. The beg, plead, cajole, and simper to get what they want. If that doesn’t work, they buy their way.
Not Alyssa though.
She hauled that fine ass off to her truck in an attempt to tackle her own problems on her own.
And I respected her for it.”
They soon began spending a lot of time around each other when he decided to do his community service hours at her shelter. She saw right through his gruffness and to her he was another broken soul she could help heal and she was determined to make him feel whole again. Misunderstandings aside, they had a strong connection between them, and so began an absolutely gorgeous, deeply heartwarming romance…
He is all male… raw, powerful, magnificent… Brody is a good man that has suffered, yet he bears a noble presence even in the face of his tragic circumstances.
Yes, he is a good man.
Twisted and broken? Probably.
But a good man all the same.
Brody stole my heart!! I think I’ve just always had a soft spot for the brooding, protective, slightly tortured heroes — something about them just melts my heart — and this guy had had so many things go wrong in his life and yet still was so kind hearted that it was really impossible for me not to fall for him. His own self description though made me chuckle… “I’m a brooding introvert now, and I don’t do flirty.”
I also really loved Alyssa. It’s always awesome when you genuinely like both the hero and heroine in the book you’re reading and she was totally the kind of girl who I could easily see myself being friends with in real life. She wasn’t a “princess in a tower”, she took care of her own problems, stood up for herself, but also had the biggest, kindest heart you can imagine.
I wonder if he’s interested… in anything, with me. Friendship? Sex? A relationship? I know I’m probably stretching on those last two, but Brody is someone that I’m fascinated with, and the fact he wears a cloak of hurt tightly around him makes me want to do something… anything, to make it better.
Despite their rocky start, they were actually a really wonderful match and it was incredibly heartwarming to see them together — several scenes even brought tears to my eyes while others had me laughing over their hilarious banter. I loved seeing Brody find his way in life again and I loved than when he doubted himself, Alyssa believed in them enough for the both of them.
I loved that even though they faced hardships and situations that easily could have escalated badly, they always worked things out and kept pleasantly surprising me with how rationally they handled everything. It’s just such a wonderful feeling to genuinely like I can respect the characters and their decisions.
Ooooh and also — holy heart-melting epilogue!!!! What an original idea!!! Epic swoon!!!!
Honestly, I really just LOVED this book. I cared about the characters and was fully invested in their story, I loved the writing, and I just could not put the book down. It had a really wonderful balance of a unique and intriguing storyline, a swoony, heart-melting romance, crazy hot sex, but also really great character development, and a really nicely paced relationship (no insta-love here). All in all, it was a fantastic read!!
Rating: 4.5+ stars!! Can be read as a standalone.
Casting: Brody (just imagine him with long hair that’s tied back)
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