Just an update from Harlie. This book is free on Amazon right now. Here is the linkage. 🙂 Yes, I rock that way.
Harvard grad Ashton Kirk is headed for a promising law career when scandal breaks apart her family. To escape, she changes her name and rents an apartment in the small town of Paradise, New Hampshire, where no one knows who she is.
Ash hopes for solitude, but all bets are off when Eddie West, the town’s most eligible bachelor, moves in downstairs. The sexy auto mechanic loves his women and his cars shiny, sleek, and fast, and when he meets his new housemate, he wastes no time getting friendly. But Eddie is nursing his own recent loss, and the last thing he wants to do is let someone new into his life or his heart.
Can two people from different worlds find common ground and a place to fall in love? Or will Ashton’s past and Eddie’s scars keep them apart just as summer heat brings them together? Is it possible to find your soul mate in the place you least expect?
Near the curb, engine still running and rock music bellowing from the speakers, idled a red pickup truck. White and yellow flames danced along both sides. Bending over the tailgate was a broad, bare, definitely male back. Yow. No wonder Jen looked like she was about to start drooling. Even one floor up, Ash could trace the outline of nearly every muscle in his arms and back. A bright red and yellow king cobra tattoo curled around his left triceps. Wavy brown hair fell across the sides of his face. His jeans, faded in all the right places, sat low on his hips. Ash squinted harder and ran one hand over her hair.
Oh God. They still make men who look like that?
“Turn around, please,” Jen commanded under her breath. As if he’d heard her, he straightened up, biceps flexing as he hauled two large boxes from the back of the truck and turned up into the sidewalk. Her sidewalk. He looked up, and Ash’s heart dove into her stomach. A neatly trimmed goatee underscored a crooked nose. He flashed a smile and winked.
“Hey,” he called up. “You live here?”
Jen nodded and jabbed a thumb in Ash’s direction. “She does.”
“I’m Eddie West. Movin’ in today.” It was hard to hear him over the noise of the truck’s humming engine and the music. Ash watched his mouth move instead.
“Need any help?” Jen asked.
Eddie shook his head. “Nah. I’ve just got a couple of boxes to bring in. The rest is coming tomorrow. But thanks.” He continued up the sidewalk.
Jen cupped her hands around her mouth and yelled down. “Come up later, if you want.”
Ash elbowed her. “What are you doing?”
Eddie backpedaled and nodded, grinning wider. As he disappeared from their view, the heavy front door creaked open and, after a few seconds, thudded shut behind him.
Jen straightened up. “See? I told you he’d be good-looking.” She rolled her eyes. “He’s beyond good-looking, Ash.” She fell back against the railing, hands to heart in a dramatic pantomime. “He’s perfect.”
I don’t read a lot of new adult but this story intrigued me from the start. Take a high society young woman and a local, sweet but with a touch of bad boy and what do you have? The Promise of Paradise by Allie Boniface.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Ashton grow from the rich, spoiled high society lady to a well-rounded person. Shaking her pedigree and the scandal that is happening to her dad, she needed to leave and find out what was really important to her. Moving to a small town seemed logical until she meets her neighbor and housemate.
Eddie West is all kinds of wrong for Ashton. Mechanic, ladies man and demons of his own, you would think that Ashton wouldn’t find him attractive but she does. Immersing herself in the community and building a friendship with Eddie, the possibilities are endless for them.
What I really enjoyed about Eddie ad Ashton was the slow build up of their relationship. It wasn’t rushed and it was sweet. Yes, sweet. Their backstory is expertly woven in the present and you get a real free for both Eddie and Ashton and what has lead them to this place, Paradise, in their lives. The emotions, twists and turns make this story realistic and moving.
Their dialogue and interactions were also engaging and humorous. Ms. Boniface doesn’t make her characters “older” than they are and also doesn’t dumb them down either. This is tricky in New Adult but Ms. Boniface writes it well and kept me turning the page wanting more of Eddie and Ashton. 🙂
I wish this story didn’t have to end. I found two very engaging characters that I feel in love and want to spend more time with them. Plus, I need Eddie to work on my poor old car. 🙂 Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?
Run, don’t walk to buy this book. You will not be disappointed. Ms. Boniface…its a best book of 2013. 🙂
Allie Boniface is a small-town girl at heart who’s traveled around the world and still finds that the magic and the mystery of small towns make them the best places to fall in love and find adventure. From the New England coast to Rocky Mountain hotels to tiny European bars, she’s found more character and plot inspirations than she could ever count. Currently, she’s lucky enough to live in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley with her own “Hometown Hero,” a guy who can fix, build, drive, and grill anything and is the epitome of the strong and silent type.
When she isn’t writing love stories, Allie is a full-time high school English teacher who gets a kick out of helping her teenagers negotiate the ups and downs of writing along with the ups and downs of life (because, really, she’s still trying to do the same thing!). And while she’ll continue to travel far and wide, Allie knows there’s really nothing like coming back to the place where the people who have known you forever welcome you home with open arms.
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