Okay I am seriously about to start a gush-fest over Luke Williams. He was the dreamiest thing ever! *insert fan-girl voice here* ;)
Sidebar to say this book cover is so hot and the novel is even hotter. Steam from cover to cover. Need some AC while reading this one. The hero and heroine really burned up the sheets in this one.
I'm always looking for new books even though I don't always have the time to read them and I'm so glad I read the blurb and got this one. It really was terrific for a debut novel. The characters were very likable, lovable (LUKE!) and even the secondary characters, the development of the relationship and each character individually. Very well executed. I had no complaints except maybe that I'm excited for the next one in this series.
I usually go all spoilery in my reviews because I simply can't help. I'll try not to be too much of a spoiler.
Natalie Conner is an orphaned woman with man-issues. She's never been in a relationship and only ever has physical relations with men after an incident that occurred when she was younger. Don't judge though, she's anything but promiscuous. Just wary. She made mistakes but she doesn't let it get her down.
She beautiful, well gorgeous. She's curvy, has a Kardashian-esque backside (her words not mine) which makes her self-conscious about her image. She's very talented though. A brilliant photographer. Her skill is undeniable.
She meets Luke Williams while on the beach taking photos of the ocean. He thinks she's taking his picture and very angrily asks her to hand over the camera. She thinks he's trying to rob her. It's all a misunderstanding cuz' Luke's like famous but she hasn't a clue who the hell he is. Taken aback by her obvious lack of awareness of his status, he's intrigued by Natalie and another chance encounter brings these two together.
Luke's an actor, or at least he used to be until all the fame got to him and he realized that it wasn't worth it. He wasn't happy with that life. So he produces now, behind the scenes stuff. Meeting Natalie is like a breath of fresh air for him. He can just be him and not worry about her wanting him for all the wrong reasons. He's been burned before.
The attraction between the two is undeniable. It's like a irrepressible force in the room when they're near each other. And those love scenes aplenty? So freaking sexay! (not a word but um . . . it works!)
Luke! Oh Luke! He has to be the dreamiest (I've already said that) hero I've ever . . . read. Gosh he was so sweet and kind and his heart, the most beautiful part of him. He's off the charts hot too so that doesn't hurt with his unruly blonde hair and come to bed blue eyes. Oh and this man know his way around a woman's body. Ask Nat. She'll agree. ;) Oh and did I mention this man can cook. Look out Iron Chef, Luke's a-coming! Did I mention he has a crazy possessive, jealous streak? It was kinda' endearing. Hell everything about Luke screamed perfect package! *SIGH*
“He could melt glaciers with that smile. End wars. Resolve the national debt crisis.”
― Come Away With Me
How could I forget that he talks dirty in a way that makes you wanna' melt. Oh my, perfect package indeed-y!
“Because you're the first woman I've brought into my home and all I can think about is getting your beautiful body naked and f&#king you senseless. I need to know if there is any competition. I don't share, Natalie.”
― Come Away With Me
The things he would do for her. If more men apologized like Luke did, we'd probably have a lower divorce rate. He was infinitely kind and loving towards Natalie and her friend Jules. (Can't wait for Jules and Nate's book).
“I've fallen in love with a beautiful, sexy, sweet, jealous control freak.”
― Come Away With Me
His family was just as nice with the exception of his very rude sister Samantha. Now I'm all about coming to a sibling's defense and defending their honor good intentions and all that. But was it just me or was Sam a little to hostile towards Natalie. I mean if she was a bitter ex-gf I would be more inclined to understand her bizarre behavior towards her brother's girl. I know he's been burnt but her reaction was a bit too strong.
A terrific story. I enjoyed it from start to finish. Wonderful characters. Did I mention the heroine had numerous script tattoos? No I didn't? Well she did. How's that for a change from sexily tattooed heroes. (Not that I'm bored with that. Bring em' on ;)
No angst, Nearly zero drama. It was a purely swoon-worthy read with an equally swoon-worthy hero and a very beautiful strong heroine. Can't wait for Jules' and Nate's story!
I tried not to be too spoilery. As you can see, I really can't help it!
Happy Reading Book-o-holics! ( Like me!)