Mr. North by Callie Hart
Release Date: November 16th
3.5 Unexpected CROWNS
There were so many times during the course of this book that I was just shocked by the development in the story, and not because it was out of the norm or unexpected in the romance world. Just based on the synopsis of the book, I wasn’t prepared for the plot revelations and certain character attributes of the hero , which ultimately affected my perception of the novel.
The heroine of the story, Beth, is completing the last leg of her educational journey to become a lawyer. Through her friend, she is set up with a new way to earn money with the reclusive Mr. North. More than just being intimidated by him, she has gleaned information about his past through the media, and, therefore, has certain preconceived notions about his character. There seems to be an immediate lust connection between the two, but the manner in which he talks to her and behaves with her should scare her based on the past that is revealed to the reader, which ultimately confused me. There wasn’t enough about the past or her current dealing with her sexual hangups for me to really understand why she would choose him and what he desires or why her feelings develop into more. I found myself ambivalent to her characters, not really feeling one way or another about her.
Raphael North is a typical recluse. He has cut himself off from the world, at first forced to stay in his apartment and then choosing to exile himself away from everyone. With the introduction of Beth into his world, he attempts to connect while still maintaining his distance. However, once he decides that he wants Beth, he goes all in, and I really do mean all in. The immediate jump from social recluse with extreme eccentricities to alpha, dominate hero was jarring. Although it fit with his need for control in all forms of his life, it felt out of left field for the evolution of his character. There is not indication of his proclivities, and the manner in which he pursues more with Beth, mixed with the hot and cold reactions to her throughout the whole book, once again, left me with unclear allegiances to him.
The plot, even though unexpected, is one of the aspects of the story that I really enjoyed. I didn’t expect the secrets the surprise revelations, and I always enjoy when a story can surprise me. I do kind of wish the climax of the story wouldn’t have been so dramatic, but the plot details revealed and the resulting falling action makes the story a page turner, especially when readers hit this point in the story.
While I didn’t love Mr. North, it was enjoyable, and I could definitely be enticed to read another Callie Hart book, especially if surprise plot revelations is a typical stylistic component of her writing.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Law student Beth Dreymon is out of money and struggling hard. If she wants to finish her degree, she’s going to have to earn some money and fast. When she learns of an exciting opportunity—playing chess with New York’s most elusive billionaire—the offer sounds too good to be true. Reassured the offer is legit, Beth gets her game face on and prepares to geek out…
Only, when she steps foot into Raphael North’s luxurious penthouse, the rulebook goes flying out of the floor-to-ceiling windows. North is beautiful and damaged—a terrible temptation—and he has his sights set on winning Beth over. He’s just a job, though. A job Beth needs in order to make ends meet. If she plans on making her life in New York work, she needs to keep her eye on the prize. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, however, and it isn’t long before Beth finds herself entangled in Raphael’s world of dark desire.
Beth should run from the devastatingly attractive blue-eyed devil, but Mr North has other ideas…and he’s about to make his next move.
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About the Author
Callie Hart is a USA Today bestselling author of dark romance novels. She is an obsessive romantic who loves throwing a dark twist into her stories. Her characters are imperfect, flawed individuals who dictate when she eats, sleeps and breathes. She loves to travel, and often pens her books when she’s on the road, drawing inspiration from her often unique and wild surroundings.
If she’s not writing, you’ll undoubtedly find her with her nose buried deep in a book, or binge watching Game of Thrones.
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