My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Duchess, I appreciate the sentiment, but you’re right, you don’t know me. If you did, you’d know that I’m already hollow inside.”
Holy WOW! I just finished this beautiful book by Author Karlee Winters and let me say this is not at all a simple friend to lover story guys. It’s SO much more … the hero and heroine both have their own stories and the road to HEA isn’t smooth sailing but “the best things in life rarely are”.
A quick synopsis, Ashlynn has it all – her own cooking show, a loving husband… but she lost it all in the blink of an eye. Not so sure how to move on with her life Ashlynn volunteers at the homeless shelter, helping out in the kitchen while nursing her broken heart. The last person she expects to meet is a brooding, slightly rude, handsome single father Luke. Luke is a very mysterious person often found under a tree humming a tune. He is a talented pianist – worthy of being a star performer himself but no one really knows his real story. Luke has a cute little girl that he adores. They mostly kept to themselves. So, why are they living at the shelter? Is Luke really who he says he is? Well you just have to read and find out for yourself.
The plot of this book was brilliant. I could not put it down. The story kept me intrigued, guessing, and turning the pages so fast because I wanted to find out the real truth. This is one of those books that you don’t want to skim through because you might miss an important detail. There are twists and turns that will knock you on your butt. I did not see it coming – Ashlynn and Luke’s life might be more intertwined than they realize.
This book definitely has all the feels. I laughed, cried, swooned… in some parts my heart was beating out of my chest from all the anticipation. The main characters are well developed – as the story went on each layer came off revealing another unpredictable version of themselves. I love the chemistry building between Ashlynn and Luke. It’s a slow burn kind. They both shoulder a burden and hurtful past so neither Ashlynn nor Luke were in a hurry to jump in the sac. But the chemistry and attraction is undeniable eventually they could not resist the pull – Ahem! Ashlynn and Luke really take sexy time and baking to a whole new level … Geez, I need a fan LOL!
This book was beautifully written. Not only that the story is unique, there was a perfect balance of angst, suspense, and romance. Captivating, fast paced, addictive. I LOVED IT!!! I hope you do too 🙂
“Every has a story to tell, but not everyone’s story ends with happily-ever-after.”