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Kitty's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
I could always depend on Bella Andre to bring me to a magical place. Teaming up with Jennifer Skully to write the Maverick series was ingenious. Harper and Will's story was enchanting and filled with love, but Sebastian and Charlie really pulled me in. I was awed and inspired by the woman that they wrote and the love that just flew off the pages.
I really loved Charlie and her dedication to her mom, her art and to herself. When she sees Sebastian for the first time, she's stunned and intrigued. She knows who he is but can't wrap her mind around how he sees her or her sculptures. Magnificent isn't a word that she would describe her "garden" or the elephant or her junk pile. But, this was her way out and up, on her terms. She'll finally could take care of her mother the way she deserves and maybe even get to know the man that has her head spinning.
Love is a word that is not in Sebastian's vocabulary. Even though he's seen true love at its finest with Bob and Susan, he'll never trust himself to love again. It's toxic, it's hurtful and it's definitely not for him. But, there is something about the quirky artist that just draws him in. She's beautiful, sexy, and smart and the cutest thing he has ever seen in her welders mask and apron. There is no one that he more to do the sculpture or in his bed.
As Sebastian learns about Charlie, her mother and her imagination, he can't help but try to help her, try to give her everything that she and her mom deservesmake her a star in the art world. But, as they start moving forward with their relationship, secrets come out and Sebastian messes up only to find out just how forgiving love can be.
Here's a man that has everything, has the world on a string and he can't move on from his childhood. He doesn't know how to take his own advice and falls into micromanaging this wonderfully independent woman. His story was extremely depressing and uplifting at the same time. Charlie was just unbelievable throughout the story she was a true inspiration to all woman. She not only knew how to get through to Sebastian but she also saw a side to him that even he refused to acknowledge the little boy lost. But what got me most was how she stuck by him, how she fought for him and made him see his true abilities, made him finally believe in himself.
There really is no way to express how much I look forward to reading Bella Andre. Whether she is writing as herself, Lucy Kevin or collaborating with another author, I absolutely love the stories that are told. And, I have to hand it to Jennifer Skully. You really cannot tell who wrote what in the book. The whole story is seamless so you never know where one author began and another picked up. They always kept the story moving, they wrote characters that were interesting and fun. The romance level was off the charts and the love they had for each other was written with such style. I am definitely waiting for the next book in the Maverick series and it looks like it's going to be Matt's turn. Hopefully we will get rid of Whitney in this one and give Evan a true happily-ever-after.
Review copy provided for an honest review.
Sebastian Montgomery rose from nothing to become one of the most powerful media moguls in the world. Yet beneath the seemingly perfect faÃ§ade of his life, the past still haunts him. Because when he lost his parents in his teens, he also lost his faith in love.
Expand text… When he discovers Charlie Ballard and her incredible metal sculptures, he is awed, inspired – and he can’t help feeling things he swore never to let himself feel again. Soon, Sebastian wants not only Charlie’s art, he wants her as a woman, too. More than he’s ever wanted anything in his life. And what a Maverick wants, he always gets…
For Charlie, Sebastian offers the commission of a lifetime. Creating a magnificent sculpture for his new headquarters is a dream come true, but falling for the spellbinding billionaire isn’t part of the plan…until his luscious kisses entice her into total recklessness. He fascinates and captivates her, and as Charlie learns more about the dark depths of Sebastian’s past, all she wants is to heal him with her love. But can a man who has grown up thinking love is toxic ever believe that true love is real?