Series: Body & Soul #1
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Small Town Romance, Tattoos
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Violet Walker has been hiding. Withdrawn after a terrible car accident, she is worried about going back to her high-pressure job, where she’s expected to project confidence and sleek refinement. Allowing herself a distraction, she’s been watching her sexy neighbor work on his house. But when the shirtless, grinning hunk catches her in the act, Violet is struck by the unmistakable jolt of physical chemistry, a sensation that’s both thrilling and terrifying.
Noah Young is used to moving from one construction job to another, never laying a firm foundation. The same goes for the women in his life—until Violet changes all that. His beautiful voyeur embraces his rough edges and shows him a hint of real love. But even Noah can tell that she’s holding back, hiding her body and her heart from what they both truly want. If only he could get a little help convincing Violet to see herself as he sees her: perfect in every way.
So I picked up this book because Violet, our heroine, intrigued me. I knew going into the book that she was in an accident and was taking time to herself to recover emotionally, in a small town, next door to a hot neighbor. I liked the idea of her trying to find her way back to who she is after a traumatic event and I liked the idea of a hot neighbor to watch. I have to admit this book ended up being so much more than I was prepared for, and I am not ashamed to admit that there were parts of this book that had me shedding a tear or two.
So Violet lost her fiance in a car accident, a car accident that also left her with some serious scars. Violet is incredibly insecure about her new scars, especially because so many of the people in her life, keep comments about how beautiful she is, and someone that beauty had been tied into her success. I really liked Violet, she really made a journey throughout the book. Trying to figure out how to move on from the accident, how to accept who she is now, and really just trying to figure out who she really is in general. She has to deal with so much in this book, including her father having a serious illness and suddenly stepping into the role as CEO of their company long before anyone thought she would.
So much of the this book is about Violet and her growth as a persona and how she moved on, but for me one of the best parts about this book is the hero in this book, Noah. Noah is so amazingly awesome, he’s exactly the kind of girl everyone should have. He is so patient and understanding when it comes to Violet’s hangups, and he treats her so well. He is really just a good guy. You could tell that Noah really had feelings for Violet, but he was willing to do whatever she wanted, even if it was temporary, just so that he could be with her, even though he clearly wanted more.
The thing that surprised me the most about this book was the emotional impact this book had. And honestly so many of these moments weren’t even between the hero and heroine. Violet is recovering from a trauma and she has done so in kind of a self-imposed isolation, so when it comes times for her to start revealing her truth to the important people in her life, it results in some really emotionally poignant moments, between her friends and her mother. There is also a really sad situation going on with her dad that just kind of breaks your heart. I loved reading this book, and I was really happy with the writing style. There is great heat and chemistry in this book, and the characters overall are great. I highly recommend this book, without a doubt.