Meet Willow and Kane in the newest stand alone by Harper Sloan!
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Mirror, mirror ... who's the fairest of them all?
I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretending they were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldn't grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all 'mean girls.'
And those mean girls were right - it was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world - and I knew the answer would never be me.
The women with long legs, flat stomachs, and perfect chests.
The type of women Kane Masters gravitated toward.
Well, that's definitely not Willow Tate.
No. That will never be me.
Because I'm completely imperfect.
And ... I hate myself.
I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them.
“Are you nervous right now?”
“Tell me why.” His demand, steady and calm, gives me the courage I need to tell him. To open a vein and bleed my insecurities.
“I’m not perfect,” I whisper.
“And neither am I, Willow. I don’t want perfect. What so many see as perfect, to me, is fake. Perfect isn’t achievable naturally. No one, and I mean no one, is perfect.”
I’m shaking my head before he’s even done speaking, but one long finger comes up and presses against my lips before I can speak.
“No, let me finish. There isn’t beauty in perfection. It’s as fake as the image the word projects. Beauty is found in imperfection, Willow, because to admit you’re not perfect means you’re admitting you’re not whole and absolute. When I think of myself, I see someone willing to admit he’s as far from complete as it gets because, in order to get to that perfection, I need to find the other part of me who will make my life better. To take all the faults I have and fill them, and only then will I be there. You see, the way I see it, the only way to become perfect is to find that perfectly imperfect person who brings it out of you.”
When he stops, I swear I might have stopped breathing. How am I supposed to respond to that?
“Do you trust me?” he asks, his voice strong and sure.
“Yes, Kane. Nerves or not, I do.”
“Then let me show you what I see when I look at you.”
He brings his hands up, framing my face once again in a way I’m quickly becoming addicted to the feeling of. His warm eyes implore, begging me without words to let him continue. I do not intend to stop him, regardless of the butterflies currently taking over my system. I’m all in.
About the Author:
Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed 'Estrogen Ocean', much to her husband’s chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero--the super alpha kind!
Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn't take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.
Harper Sloan floored me when her opening remarks. I was emotional from the start and Harper gave a me a piece of herself and took so much more from me, as I read this book.
These are only a few emotions that took me by surprise when I read this story. All my emotions came raging through. I reminisced throughout my own life. From childhood, to adolescence, marriage to motherhood.
Entering into my own marriage, was a new beginning. Something I looked forward to. I felt alive with a renewed vigor. Empowered. As my married years grew; weight and being childless were my greatest battles for the first couple of years. FLAWED. Thereafter, I reflected and realized, that every obstacle, and every blessing became my right of passage. My stepping stones, to who I was yesterday, am Today and will be tomorrow. Unique. Bam! I got pregnant after too many years. With twins. Super Woman.
Willow comes from a dysfunctional family. After being in a vehicular accident, where her mother was the fatality. Her step-father and half-sister, has always treated her with disdain and this has transcended from childhood to adulthood. Where she remains under their thumbs. Working as her step-father's secretary, while finally divorcing her 'ken' perfect, cheating husband. Who sort the interests of her half-sister. In their eyes - her family and husband- Williow isn't up to par. She is imperfect in their perfect world, because she doesn't fit into their image. Her mold, is a larger frame, a bigger and brighter personality, with the kindest of hearts. Except, surrounding all of this is her own insecurities of worthlessness, being ugly and thick.
Enter, Kane Masters. Movie star, gorgeous heartthrob, most sort after bachelor. A man lonely and yearning for more out of life. Women want Kane Masters the star, not the man. And all the glam and glory that goes with him. The intrigue has been lost. Surrounded by pretty faces without substance, those who seek him out for what he can provide them with. Realizing that his life was missing something, all his meaningless affairs have dwindled, along with the attraction to the women within his circle. His lack luster attitude has become disheartening.
When he meets Willow for the second time, this causes a chain reaction that sets all Kane's plans into motion. This voluptuous woman electrifies his senses. Makes his heart beat out of riddim and sets his pants on fire.
I want companionship. I want a partner I can build a life with outside the insanity of my celebrity status. I want more for my future than bright lights around me.
Kane Masters you are my hero!!!
You believed in Willow. You took a self destructive person, with a damaged soul and the purest of hearts and made her believe. Believe in herself. The simple gift of value that you aided Willow to achieve has been the most gratifying experience of my reading existence.
This romance was an experience. It was all consuming, refreshing and a unique measure of beauty. By being imperfect Willow found her love, took hold of her life, and garnered the confidence and self esteem needed to value herself and how Perfect she really is.
Harper Sloan threw us a curve ball, by masterfully creating a gorgeous mold of a man, and making him fall in love with a fierce woman, hiding behind her own insecurities. Both physical, mental and emotional. Willow had amazing best friends, who all believed in her and always showed her their love, support, patience, and trust. An extremely layered novel that makes you believe that from imperfection, beauty is born.
I know that our world will be full of imperfection, but I’ve found my little slice of flawless love and happiness here in Kane’s arms. His love makes every second yet to come of our perfectly imperfect life something I know will never get old.
*ARC provided by TRSOR on behalf of the author for an honest review* Thanks!!