Sunday, April 20, 2014

4 Stars for Beyond Repair by Charlotte Stein

When Alice Evans finds a bona fide movie star on the floor of her living room, she has no idea what to do. Ordinary men are frightening enough, never mind someone as famous and frankly gorgeous as Holden Stark.

However, once she realizes that Holden is suffering behind that famous facade, she knows she has to help. He needs someone like her to give him a taste of sweetness and desire and love. He needs normality. The only problem is—Alice is hiding a secret that is far from normal. In fact, her name isn’t even Alice at all.

And once Holden finds out, the intense connection they are just beginning to build may well be torn apart.

What I thought about Beyond Repair

It's no secret that I like Charlotte Stein's writing. Her characters and voice are pleasantly unique and I'm always eager to see what twisty and emotional story she is going to put in front of me. Beyond Repair might just be my current favorite.

We get to know Alice up close and personal, and it isn't very long before its clear she has some major secrets and hangups she is dealing with.  But Holden is broken himself, and something just clicks between them as she nurses him back to health.  They manage to say just the right thing to each other. I loved how Charlotte showed their developing feelings for each other with their conversations, and they really were the best parts of the first half of this book.  I really felt the love and it just made the last third of the book all that more gut-wrenching. 

After Holden returns to his life, the romance moves into some incredibly sweet and at times, sad territory. Holden does a really awesome job of wooing Alice into really giving them a shot, and when she finally lets her defenses down, they may just have a chance. Maybe.  Even though the story is told in Alice's voice, I thought the second half of the book belonged to Holden. 

The last half of the story moved along quite nicely. For the most part, there is a good balance of Alice's thoughts with conversations between her and Holden, and overall,  I loved this characters and story, and I would definitely recommend this to my friends. 

This was a sweet Cinderella-sorta story for me. A twenty-first century fairy-tale. :) 

ebook provided by Charlotte Stein for review.

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