The Belle and the Beard by Kate Canterbary is now live!
Jasper-Anne Cleary’s guide to salvaging your life when you find yourself publicly humiliated, out of work, and unemployable at 35—not to mention newly single:
1. Run away. Seriously, there’s no shame in disappearing. Go to that rustic old cottage your aunt left you. Look out for the colony of bats and the leaky roof. Oh, and the barrel-chested neighbor with shoulders like the broad side of a barn. Definitely look out for him.
2. Stop wallowing and stay busy. It doesn’t matter whether you know how to bake or fix things around the house. Do it anyway. Dust off your southern hospitality and feed that burly, bearded neighbor some pecan pie.
3. Meet new people. Chat up the grumpy man-bear, pretend to be his girlfriend when his mother puts you two on the spot, agree to go as his date to a big family party. Don’t worry—it’s only temporary.
4. Cry it out. Screwing up your life entitles you to wine, broody-moody music, and uninterrupted sobbing.
5. Get over it all by getting under someone. Count on your fake boyfriend to deliver some very real action between the sheets.
6. Move on. The disappearing act, the cottage, the faux beau—none of it can last forever.
Linden Santillian’s guide to surviving the invasion when a hell-in-heels campaign strategist moves in next door:
1. Do not engage. There is no good reason you should chop her wood, haul her boxes, or pick her apples.
2. Do not accept gifts, especially not the homemade ones. Disconnect the doorbell, toss your phone over a bridge, hide in the basement if you must, but do not eat her pie.
3. Do not introduce her to your friends and family. They’ll favor her over you and never let you forget it.
4. Do not intervene when she’s crying on the back porch. Ignore every desire to fix the entire world for her. By no means should you take her into your arms and memorize her peach-sweet curves.
5. Do not take her to bed, even if it’s just to get her out of your system.
6. Do not, under any circumstances, fall in love with her.
Oh what a well written, steamy, push-and-pull romance this is. I want to state very clearly that I really liked Jasper. So she was ballsy, closed-off and capricious – no-one is perfect! And how come it’s OK for the heroes of books to have flaws, but the heroine has to be some perfect superhuman? Gah! give me real over impossible every time.
Kate Canterbary has such a beautiful, poetic, descriptive, style of writing. Every paragraph feels like a quote worthy moment. The prose draws you in and gives you ALL the feels. I don’t form clear or distinct pictures as I read, but with this author – and this book – I am captured by the intensity of the emotions that are portrayed. You can’t read a Kate Canterbary and not feel something.
I loved the protagonists, I loved the writing, I loved the push and pull, I loved the setting. This is a fairly long read and this, in part, is where it dropped a star. I’m really torn to say this but there were some parts that didn’t really move the plot forward. The scenes were stunning in their beauty because, great writer alert, but cutting the from the final version wouldn’t have disrupted the overall story flow. However I still loved these scenes, just because of the #greatwriting and the feelings this book pulled from the depths of my soul. Because this author has me there in every moment, living the story alongside the protagonists. So it kinda hurts to have to criticise this book, but it wouldn’t be fair not to mention that I did occasionally want to press fast forward.
I haven’t read the two previous books in the (very loose) series and managed fine in understanding everything, so it’s definitely stand alone. It’s also written, as is most contemporary romance, in alternating first person, allowing us to experience the full depth of each characters feelings and their inner thoughts. And what inner thoughts they were! Wow, the heat level of this book is H-I-G-H, be careful reading it in public. People will either think you are mad as you snigger out loud or swoon, and they definitely will wonder why you are becoming so flushed.
USA Today Bestseller Kate Canterbary writes smart, steamy contemporary romances loaded with heat, heart, and happy ever afters. Kate lives on the New England coast with her husband and daughter.
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