Summary: Mary Catherine (but her friends call her Cath), is a reformed bad-girl from Chicago now living in London. Since she was 14, Cath lived a wild life filled with drinking, drugs, and lots of boys. She was a wild-child into her twenties, but after her mother’s death two years ago, she decides to change her ways and “New Cath” was born. New Cath doesn’t drink, doesn’t date (in fact, doesn’t even flirt), certainly doesn’t have sex, and works herself to the bone as an assistant to the curator at a museum. New Cath is doing just fine until one morning she wakes up, hungover, in a stranger’s bed. Uh oh.
After finding a very drunk Cath late at night, Nev brings her home to keep her out of trouble. What he doesn’t expect is to feel an instant connection with her. He can’t get her out of his head. The two start a heated romance, but Cath won’t open up to him. She won’t tell him about herself, her past, nothing. Nev tries to break through, and just when he begins to get a glimpse past Cath’s tough exterior something happens to tear them apart.
This is a lovely story about love, loss, finding who you are and acceptance.
Rating: 3.5-4/5 stars
Reasons: I didn’t expect to like this story as much as I did. Primarily, I really enjoyed the characters. I thought Cath was a great character – she was strong, determined, definitely flawed, but also lovable. But, oh Nev! What a great guy. Sure he had some family issues, but he was just so honest, and strong, and sweet and totally devoted to Cath from the beginning. I loved the scenes when he was pursuing her. And I loved that Cath tried so hard to deny her feelings, but then ended up showing up on his doorstep night after night.
The passion between the two characters was well described, and I totally fell for it. Hook. Line. Sinker. The romance aspect didn’t feel contrived to me. I felt that their relationship developed organically – from their instant attraction, to the gradual development of their relationship.
My only negative (and which brought by rating down from a solid 4/5) was that the book was a little short – I would have liked to see the ending developed a little bit more. It seemed a bit trite to me how everything worked out (I won’t say more because I don’t want to give it away).
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for an adult fiction romance. There is a ton of romance, enough steam, and a male character you will definitely have a crush on by the end of the book!
**A copy of the manuscript was provided to me for free by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.