*This ARC was provided to me in exchange for an honest review*
What a fantastic book this is. A refreshing read romantic read that was perfect for the rainy days we’ve been having. I am new to this author but was intrigued with everything from the cover and title to the synopsis. This book is very well written. I love that it’s written in the leading male’s perspective. It’s not often that romance books are strictly written in the male’s POV. I also love how the author wrote it like Luke himself was telling us a story even so much as saying things like “look here” and “I wouldn’t lie to you”. It makes me feel more connected to the story, like he’s telling me the story and not the author.
Lucas Taggart is the founder and CEO of Swan Inc., where he runs a makeover service. He provides makeovers like new hair styles and clothes, as well as boosting his client’s confidence with lessons and therapy. In order to be confident and have self-esteem, they must be able to overcome their fears, whether that be speaking in front of crowds or putting themselves out there to meet a significant other. It’s hard to push yourself if you’re not feeling it and that is what Luke’s job is to do.
Here, he meets Ainsley Carrington. An already beautiful woman who seems to hold herself together, but was sheltered as a child and is shy and insecure. Luke is taken back by her beauty and can’t help but stare at her when he’s around her. The confident man is feeling like he can barely get two straight words together when he’s around her. Luke’s main rule is that he doesn’t cross any lines while working with his clients. So him trying to start any sort of relationship with Ainsley is out of question until at least the eight weeks is up.
In all this time he works with Ainsley, Luke has made a new friend, Mia Cruz. Mia is also a new client that Luke so happened to meet by ruining her shoes. When they got to talking about what they do, it was brought up that Mia is about to be promoted in her job but is not confident enough to do speeches in front of office meetings and direct people on what to do. Luke, doing what he does, offered her his services to help her with that. Luke and Mia turn out to be great friends and it’s nice to see how their friendship blossoms.
An unexpected twist just passed the half-way mark makes the book that much more interesting. I’m already invested in Luke trying to get Aisnley’s attention and his friendship with Mia, that I didn’t think the book could handle anything else. But, the author executed this twist perfectly and I was interested to see how it would play out.
T. Torrest is a new to me author with this book, but I’m definitely going to look into her others. She has quite the list, so far, and more books on the way. This book is considered a New Adult/Adult novel. There is language, and sexual content throughout and not suitable for young readers.