4.5 Hearts · Adult Contemporary

Kept: A Second Chance Fairy Tale by A.C. Bextor

Michael
She’s a pain in my ass.
She’s everything I know I don’t want or need.
She’s the reason I’ve fought the darkness for so long.
And yet, she has no idea who I am.
I had no right to Lucy. She was never mine to have. My interest in her should’ve remained no more than an undisclosed business arrangement.
The day she forced her way into my life, everything I worked so hard to secure began to unravel. From that moment forward, my life has been a mixture of chaos and excitement.
Lucy awoke the beast I’ve struggled to live with. Now it’s up to her to ensure the threat of its ghost no longer holds the power to ruin me. 

Lucy
He hates me.
He’s guarded and locked down tight.
He’s a brute.
Yet, he opened my eyes to a future I was certain didn’t exist.
My life was ordinary. As a single mother living only to make ends meet, I stopped wishing for more. My hopes and dreams in finding Prince Charming ceased to exist. Life forced my priorities to change.
Then I walked into Michael Holden’s office and saw pain not so unlike mine reflecting through his icy gaze. He incited feelings I believed to have long since died.
Michael awoke the spring of hope I thought I’d finally set free. Now it’s up to him to show me fairy tales really can come true, if you believe.

Due to content, this book should not be read by those under the age of 18.

                     “Fairy Tales can come true,” is the motto of this adult romance.

LucPicturey is a single mom and living in a run-down apartment with her six year old son. Her husband died 5 years prior in a car crash. She didn’t have many to turn to and has been supporting Dillon and herself this whole time. Now she loses her job and her mother-in-law is trying to take Dillon away from her. Where is a Prince in Shining Armor when you need one?

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Michael has been in a dark place for the last few years. His son was taken from him, much too soon and ever since then he has hated life. His law practice is growing. His business partner, Corbin, has been his best friend through all of the difficulties and has grown accustom to Michael Beast like behavior. But things change and Michael doesn’t like change. Michael and Corbin’s personal assistant, Lillie, of 8 years is retiring and they need to find someone to replace her. Michael refuses to pick someone because no one is good enough to replace Lillie. Then walks in Lucy and everything hits the fan.

Lucy thought her dreams were coming true when she was offered a job to work as personal assistant at a Mercer’s Law firm, but she wasn’t expecting to meet the most, arrogant brute of a man. Even though the man was gorgeous and there was heated chemistry between the two, she refused to be bated by his rude manners and unkind words.

I really enjoyed this book. I am such a fairy tale girl at heart that I would melted at all the princess references. This book is a different take on Beauty and The Beast. The man isn’t ugly physically, but the way he acts and speaks is detesting. Our protagonist characters each have their own baggage. There are some cheesy movies on Netflix and Hulu that have the same type of plot.

I actually am going to give this book a 4.5. It has romance, steam, heart breaking, deceit, and overcoming one’s own obstacles. 

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