Series: West Bend Saints #1
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Military, Movie Star, New Adult, Romance, Small Town Romance
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Call me Cinderella. I'm a rags to riches story - girl from trailer park becomes Hollywood starlet. And I'm about to get my happy ever after.
That is, until I walk in to my house, three hours before my wedding, to find my rock star fiance sticking his c**k down my sister's throat.
With cameras behind me, filming.
I'm running from the whole humiliating thing. I'm not prepared to run straight into him- Elias Saint.
He's completely wrong for me- damaged, dirty, and demanding.
But once he touches me, I can't walk away.
Some people carry their wounds on the inside. Every f**cking step I take, I'm reminded of mine.
I lost my leg in Afghanistan. Since then, I've just been lost.
Now I'm going back to West Bend, Colorado, the place my brothers and I ran like hell to get away from.
And she's hitched a ride- River Andrews.
A f**cking movie star.
This isn't a fairytale. Happy endings don't exist. And I'm no f**ing Prince Charming.
But, for her, there's a chance I might be.
So the synopsis of this book appealed to me, largely because I seem to like the idea of everything not being as people think it is. A lot of people have this ridiculous notion that if you have money or if you are famous then inherently your life must be awesome. So when the synopsis stated right up front that the movie star in question walks in on her sister and her fiance, I was hooked.
I liked River, I liked River a lot. I liked that in spite of what she had just walked in on, she was able to put on her big girl panties and high tail it out of there. I liked that she was able to do what was best for her and not for anyone else. I liked that she didn’t have the best upbringing and that she grew up poor, it gave her a nice perspective, she’s seen the world from both sides, which makes her appreciative of what she has but at the same time doesn’t take it seriously. I liked that she is kind and sweet, in spite of the people in her life who really could have made her a jaded person.
Now Elias, well him, I loved. He’s just gotten out of the military after losing his leg, but even though some people might see him as damaged he really doesn’t carry it around with him. There is a moment when River is checking out his ass and he assumes she is staring at his leg, which was kind of amusing to me. I liked that he is confident, but not too much so. I liked how he and River interact together, they have really good chemistry in my opinion. Elias definitely has some family issues to be sure, and I am not sure how I feel about the set up/mystery around his fathers death that is addressed towards the end of the book, it just didn’t do much for me, Elias and River were much more interesting to me.
I have to say that I really did like some of the secondary characters in this book, the people that River ends up staying with are just good solid people, and I could see them being really good friend to Elias and River. I liked that they protected her without so much as a second thought, without needing to know anything from her, they never pried.
All in all this was a good read for me and a quick one too. I liked the characters really easily, and I loved the romance between River and Elias. If you like a good new adult and a couple that sizzles on the page, then you should consider checking out this book.