Chantal Fernando really knows how to write bad boys. There is always more to her men than meets the eye, which is why I keep coming back to her books again and again.
In See No Evil, part one, we meet Sylar and the girl who sees through his rough exterior to the good man within, Bree. Bree has been hurt before, and she's not looking to get hurt again. But there is something about Sylar that draws her in. When he starts coming into her coffee shop looking a little the worse for wear, she finds herself curious about him - not only because his appearance tends to draw people's stares, but because of his eyes, and the way he looks at her. Sylar knows he is dangerous for Bree - not only because of his past, but because he truly does not believe that he is good enough for her. He believes that his soul is tainted, and he is tortured by this. He wants Bree, but he doesn't want to soil her. Despite this, the two start spending time together, and they fall hard. But can Sylar keep his dark past from catching up with him and from destroying his and Bree's newfound happiness? Can Sylar get out of his head and admit that he deserves happiness too, so that he doesn't try to push Bree away?
I read parts one and two of this story back to back, mainly because part one ends on a cliffhanger. Both parts are really short too, so it was basically like reading two novellas. I really enjoyed the story as a whole, although I wish that we could have learned a bit more about Sylar's past. When he has to go back to handle some business at one point, it's very glossed over, which is a shame because the story was getting very interesting. I understand that Fernando wanted to focus on the romance, but I think we could have had a bit of both, and still been happy. Still, Sylar and Bree's story is a sweet one, and one I think you should check out.
My Hero by Julie Capulet is the second book in the McCabe brothers trilogy of novellas. I reviewed an ARC of My Hero in exchange for an honest review.
Now, while I loved Hopeless Romantic, Bo’s story – I LOVED Caleb’s story. Like, insert all the capital letters here. All of them. Once again, we have a love and lust at first site between the two characters. But I felt like Caleb and Violet had more intense obstacles to overcome, mainly Caleb’s PTSD. A returning soldier, Caleb is suffering intense guilt and trauma over surviving, whereas several of his fellow soldiers, including his best friend, did not. He suffers from nightmares and depression and worries that he’ll hurt Violet without meaning to. I loved the attention paid to this serious problem in this story. I feel as though PTSD is often ignored, even today – when there is not as much of a stigma with mental illness. We need to pay more attention and get victims of PTSD the help they need.
I found Caleb to be such a sincere and meaningful character. Sure, he’s a swoon-worthy hunk, there’s no denying that. But there is so much more to him than that. Capulet creates a deep and intense character in just a short time. I also liked that we got to meet the third McCabe brother, Gage, which sets us up for his story, which is coming next. I think the only thing I can say is, I’m sorry there are only three McCabe brothers. If there were more…we’d get more stories.
I really recommend this story, and the series on a whole. Instead of 5 stars, I’m giving it 5 hearts. Yup. I went there.