Renowned photographer Chris Malone is fed up with fame and disaster. All he wants is anonymity and a chance to recharge. Suburban journalist Ellie Flannery has other ideas. If she can just convince her long-time idol to support her favorite cause, she knows her fund-raiser will be a huge success.
After refusing at first, Chris decides to co-operate. When he’s forced to defend his own reputation as well as his family’s, he decides he wants something from the idealistic and sexy-but-doesn’t-know-it Ms Flannery Ellie in return: her heart.
But Ellie has scars that no one has ever seen, and she doesn’t want to open herself up to anyone, much less a man with such an unflinching eye for the truth. Can Chris convince her to strip herself bare, in more ways than one?
A sweet, joyful, feel good story, that has surprising depth to it.
The first couple meetings between Ellie and Chris doesn't go so well. Chris is worn out from his job in the disaster areas of this world, having signs of PTSD, and only needing solitude and peace. All Ellie wants, is to meet her longtime idol, to ask him a favor. When social media goes viral with Chris' refusal to help, he doesn't like the man in the picture of himself, he sees in the newspapers. And goes looking for Ellie, making a deal with her to help her charity.
Chris and Ellie have an instant connection, attraction, but not only that, they are comfortable in each others company and space. Beyond the physical attraction and heat between them, they start to share about their lives, the hurts and pain, scars that are not so visible to the rest. In the short novella the author manages to show the growth and depth of the characters, the way they have to face the past demons, the acceptance of the realities, and who they are, inside and out.
An adorable love story, that was so much more than I expected
~ Four Spoons!
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me