I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Many books lately indicate that there is a broken heroine in the story that cannot be fixed. Too many of them sound the same. Not this one. Emerald is broken far beyond any heroine I have ever read about. She is left to to a cruel world after her drug addicted prostitute mother does the unthinkable. Her mother always told her she was a beautiful failure. To not have friends. Have sponsors and use them. That her beauty would get her places in this world because that is all that counts. My heart completely went out to Emerald as I read this story. It was different, emotional and heart breaking.
Enter Carter Black. Sexy. Smooth. Mysterious. He shows up at her job daily. The electricity sparks between them the moment they meet. However, because of her past, Emerald cannot keep a job. After getting fired from countless jobs that paid little to nothing she is presented with an opportunity to make a lot of money. It’s not the most honorable job, but it will get her out of her grandparents house quickly and enrolled back into college. Because that’s what she wants right? This broken girl doesn’t need any kind of relationship with a man. Or so she thought. She gets wrapped up in Carter Black’s world without realizing it. Her heart has ached for love so long and when Carter enters her life, it will never be the same.
This really is beyond the average broken girl meets guy story. It’s deeper than that. While your heart goes out for Emerald, there are times you want to shake her for silly mistakes. But that’s what I loved about her. She’s human. Not perfect. Flawed but in the most beautiful kind of way. She’s never known love so how is she to recognize it when it stares her in the face? If you are looking for a different kind of story then this is for you. Emerald and Carter’s story is far from over and I look forward to what happens to them in the future.
“You have a very beautiful name, Emerald.” Carter sits down again and hands me two brownies.
“I take it that buying you brownies doesn’t make me any less of a stranger?”
“Hmmm.” He watches me take small bites. “Do you like your job here?”
“That’s good. I don’t think customer service is for you.”
“Someone like you should never be allowed to work directly with people—or any breathing organisms for that matter.” He’s grinning, and I want to laugh but I keep it inside. “How old are you?” His voice is serious all of a sudden.
“How old do you want me to be?”
“Do I look like a minor?”
“No, but it’s always good to double check.”
“Young girls have been a problem for you in the past?”
He laughs. “You have a very smart mouth.”
“Pay me enough and I’ll show you what I can really do with it.”
He raises his eyebrow. “Excuse me?”
I don’t back down. That’s one of Leah’s old lines—it used to net her an easy four hundred bucks, and I’ve often wondered what would happen if I ever used it.
“Are you propositioning me to pay you for a blowjob?”
“Is that what it sounds like?”
“It does.” He smirks. “It also sounds like you’re full of it.”
I blink, and then I burst into laughter. “It was a joke.”
“So you are a child?”
I roll my eyes and stand up. “Whatever. Enjoy your coffee.” I walk away without letting him get another word out.
Sexy as hell or not, I don’t need an unnecessary distraction; I need to focus on getting out of this city.
Mariah Cole is a Starbucks addict (hazelnut shots please!), New Adult author, and an incessant daydreamer. Known for pushing the envelope, she’s an avid reader of indie books and is always looking to chat with readers and authors alike.
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