(Endangered Hearts Book #1)
Emilia Ward is being watched.
And it isn’t just by her mother’s creep of a boyfriend or one of her many employers. Instead, she is certain it something else—someone else. However, in a life with college classes and alcoholic mother to look after, Emilia doesn’t have time to explore her suspicions. She would much rather think about her new job at Iram Manor, and more importantly—its mysterious and alluring owner.
After a lifetime of isolation and trapped in a disfigured body Kasper Zafar thought he knew pain. Confining himself to his work as an architect and the love of his music, he never expects the beautiful Emilia Ward to enter his life. Young and naive, his new housekeeper does not flinch at the sight of him, and is even so bold as to call him her friend.
Determined to teach her in all worldly things, the opposites grow closer and the role of student and teacher interchange. Yet Emilia’s life outside the manor is not a happy one, and when Kasper’s attempt to watch over her fails, both will discover than love may be the most painful thing of all.
This was an interesting and romantic read about two people looking past first impressions and finding love. This wasn’t an insta-love book. It was more of an intsa-curiosity kinda thing. I just made that up but it is totally true. These two people accepted the worst out of one another and instead got to learn about who they are on the inside and fell in love that way. Emilia went into this job expecting the owner to be cruel and he was, but she was able to handle him and get to know the actual person underneath the mask. Kasper did it in a more creepy way. He watched her. He followed her home, watched her from cameras while she was in his home, and hired a private investigator to watch her. At first he was looking for a reason to believe she was a thief until his obsession turned into wanting to get to know her.
Things I liked:
Emilia- She was always working somewhere. She is trying to look after her drunk mother and go to school at the same time. Emilia goes through a transformation in this book. She goes from trying to take care of everyone to learning that they need to have the opportunity to make and fix their own mistakes. Her character was also able to look past what her eyes were looking at to learn about who Kasper really was. She was patient and kind when she didn’t need to be.
Kasper- He was kind of creepy and stalkerish but he worked for me. He tried to be the beast everyone thought he was but he was kind and sweet under it all. Giving up what he wanted most when he thought that it was the better thing to do made me love him more.
The Story- This was a great retelling of Beauty and The Beast. It was different and modern which made it more fun to read.
Things I didn’t like:
Emilia- I know she was in the part of things I did like but I think that a great deal of her personality belongs in here. She was too innocent, too naïve, and at times too immature. She especially showed it at the end of the book. I can’t tell you more because it would ruin the cliffhanger.
The Cliffhanger- Yes there is a cliffhanger. It didn’t seem necessary to me. I feel like everyone could have gotten a HEA but it just didn’t happen and it was frustrating.
Overall I thought it was a good retelling of the Beauty and The Beast story. If you like retellings of fairy tales this is a book for you!