When Alice Evans finds a bona fide movie star on the floor of her living room, she has no idea what to do. Ordinary men are frightening enough, never mind someone as famous and frankly gorgeous as Holden Stark.
However, once she realizes that Holden is suffering behind that famous facade, she knows she has to help. He needs someone like her to give him a taste of sweetness and desire and love. He needs normality. The only problem is—Alice is hiding a secret that is far from normal. In fact, her name isn’t even Alice at all.
And once Holden finds out, the intense connection they are just beginning to build may well be torn apart
“Can you blame me? Your face is what magic would look like, if it were real. Harry Potter could probably use your jaw to destroy Voldemort.”
“Just ignore my voice. There’s a frightened nun living in my throat.”
“Is it weird if I find that weird?” “I think it’d be weird if you didn’t. I’m some stranger, soaking himself in your bathtub while you’re passed out on the bed. Sounds like the start of a horrible Lifetime movie about a crazed hobo.”
“Well, okay. Maybe not perfectly normal. You know in that movie Shame when he’s wandering around with it dangling away and everyone did a collective gasp? It’s kind of like that. I have a lot of excessive dangle. And you just can’t show excessive dangle in a romantic drama. Arthouse only, for sudden shocking penis.”
“I swear, I only do that if you don’t put the lotion on your skin.” She paused, pretending to consider. “Or is that when you get the hose again?”
"I swear you could stroke my toe with your elbow and I'd go f%ing nuts."
"He was on her like men in movies were on women they hadn't seen for eight thousand years. She actually saw him in slow motion as he rounded the corner... Then finally his hands reaching for her face. He was going to hold her face in his hands as he kissed her.
Charlotte Stein is the acclaimed author of over thirty short stories, novellas and novels, including the recently DABWAHA nominated Run To You. When not writing deeply emotional and intensely sexy books, she can be found eating jelly turtles, watching terrible sitcoms and occasionally lusting after hunks. She lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and their now totally real and completely nightmarish dog.
Charlotte is the author of over thirty sexy novels, novellas, and short stories. She writes both contemporary and science fiction romance and erotica, as well as both male/female and menage works.
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“One of the biggest lies out there is the one that says you have to be whole to be loved—that if you’re not it’s a miracle anyone would. But my love for you is not some flimsy miracle based on whether you’re okay or not. Love is something you deserve. More than anything,...you deserve love. You deserve it so much I sometimes ache to give it to you.”
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
ARC provided by NetGalley
I don't want this story to be over - I want more of Alice and Bernie!!!
Throughout the whole book, you're thinking one thing, then another, but everything just totally shocks you at the end - wow!
Alice wakes up to find a strange man on her floor, in her house ... Not just any strange man, but Holden Freakin' Stark! A famous actor whom she knows very well on screen.
At first she didn't know what to do - once she thought through her own fears, she discovered that he wasn't going to be waking up anytime soon.
Struggling with her own demons, she gets him to the bathroom and turns on the shower - lol and you get to see HOW she does it. Not just by flicking the screen from her living room to the bathroom. But she makes sure you know she is a 5.5 girl and he is a 6.4 strong man - lol
When Holden wakes with a start from the icy water, he doesn't know why, but he seems to be ok with where he is.
These two have a great chemistry. Not just physical chemistry pulling them together, but their friendly barter is hilarious.
Holden, aka Bernie is attracted to Alice - not because of her looks, but because she treats him like a regular person. He knows she knows who he is, but she still won’t look at him with eyes of a Fan. She can see him inside and out and know when he needs a hug, or when he needs to change the subject or when he's feeling down. And to him, that is everything he wants from a woman. Someone who cares if he's alive because she generally cares about him, not his next paycheck or appearance that he's supposed to do..
But Alice isn't who she appears to be. she is holding herself back. It's been years since she's been around anyone, let alone a man that makes her feel things that are foreign to her. She's afraid to let him see the real her. the part of her that shy’s away from every look and touch he gives her.
The story is really touching - the fear she has is real, and for the longest time, you can't fully understand her fear until you know what she's going through.
I really enjoyed this book - because it was about a famous actor wanting to be a regular guy, and a regular girl wanting to hide from herself and everyone around her. The way these two connect is just sweet and innocent. And Holden/Bernie is just a great guy. He sees that she's afraid of something, and he sees that she's a lot more innocent, just from the little things she does, and she's blown away by the feelings she finds herself having.
Really hot steamy scenes are so innocent, but they are anything but :)
really wish the story didn't end there. It would be exciting to see how their HEA plans out :)