4.5 BROKEN CROWNS
With Unsuitable, Samantha Towle has created a story and characters that will rip your heart out. The reader has no choice but to feel for these characters, to have their hearts bleed for their pain and heartache, but ultimately to rejoice in the love they find and the healing their love provides.
Unsuitable centers around characters who are so incredibly broken and damaged that the reader’s heart will ache for them. When the reader first meets Kas, he is rude and mean and filled with so much hatred that it is hard to like him; however, the reader can see that there is something underneath the façade he is presenting to Daisy, some underlying reason for his behavior, which only serves to spark our interest in his background. When Kas’s background is revealed to the reader, there is complete understanding of his behavior, and while some of it reprehensible, I found it difficult to dislike him for it. In fact, my heart ached for the boy he was and the man he had become as a result. Just like Daisy, I wanted him to let go, move on, and heal. Underneath everything, the reader understands that there is good man who deserves to have his happy ending.
Also reeling from atrocities committed against her, the novel begins with Daisy attempting to get her life back on track. Her determination to right her life and start anew earns the respect of the reader, but the main attribute that drew me to her as a reader is her ability to let it go. She doesn’t hold onto the regret or ideas of revenge. She accepts the events in her life for what they are and looks forward, working hard to obtain the future that she wants.
These two together are perfectly matched. They help each other in different ways, and, without revealing any spoilers, they are the epitome of real love. They sacrifice for each other, work to be better versions of themselves for each other, and our fiercely protective of one another. At the end of their day, their relationship betters not only each other but also their lives independently.
This plot is unlike anything Samantha Towle has written before. It is darker with topics of revenge and violence. The opening scene will have the reader gaping in horror and their heart breaking at the despair that permeates the pages. Starting the story in the manner ensnares the reader’s attention from page one, and it doesn’t let it go until the end. This story will have the reader trying to figure out all the pieces that make Kas’s character, and, when you do, the shock may just kill you, and if it doesn’t the fall out will. Although the whole story is paced well, the last 20% will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, the conclusion, the freaking resolution is more than I could have hoped for, and it really made me fall in love with the characters as the reader can fully see the development of Kas and Daisy.
As a reader, I can always count on Samantha Towle to deliver a well-written character, heroines with spines of steal and gumption, and heroes who are incredibly flawed, yet lovable. So while Unsuitable is a new trope for this author, she creates a highly engaging, well-written prose that will have you racing to see what happens next.
P.S. Jude please? You gave me just enough to want more!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review
From New York Times bestselling author, Samantha Towle, comes a new sexy, romantic suspense standalone novel…
Daisy Smith has spent eighteen months of her life paying for a crime she didn’t commit. Now out of prison, she has only one focus—to get back custody of her younger brother, Jesse, who is deep in the foster care system. Desperate to rebuild her life and show the system that she is responsible enough to care for Jesse, she takes on the only job available to her—working as a maid at the Matis Estate.
On day one of her new job, Daisy meets Kastor Matis, the only son of the owners and her new boss. An enigmatic, handsome Greek god of a man, Kas is closed off, cold, and…well, kind of a bastard.
The more time Daisy spends around Kas, she starts to see there might be more to him than just his cold, bastard ways. He may actually have a heart beating in that frozen chest of his.
But Kas has secrets, too. Secrets that he’s determined to keep.
Secrets make Daisy curious.
And you know what curiosity can do…
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About the Author:
Samantha Towle is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn’t stopped writing since.
She is the author of contemporary romances, The Storm Series and The Revved Series, and stand-alones, Trouble, When I Was Yours, The Ending I Want, and Sacking the Quarterback, which was written with James Patterson. She has also written paranormal romances, The Bringer and The Alexandra Jones Series. All of her books are penned to the tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, Lana Del Rey, and more of her favorite musicians.
A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.