This was one HOT, emotional, and all-around EXCELLENT contemporary romance!
Dee and Mick are opposites in many ways, especially in the physical sense. He was named the Sexiest Man Alive by a magazine, and she...well, not so much. Yet, in spite of this glaring difference between them and the many obstacles constantly in their way, the love that Dee and Mick have for each other never dies. It's a truly touching story to read. The love expressed between Dee and Mick is SO endearing and so believable. I was sincerely rooting for them to end up together and happy.
Leigh did an excellent job writing some HOT love scenes, but she made sure to keep "love" the central theme.
The mystery of the past happenings between Dee and Mick are revealed slowly, and it's mostly done via flashbacks, which gives an entirely different and unique perspective. I liked this idea a lot, and felt that it gave me a much better understanding of the characters, and I developed more of an affinity for them as well.
The story changes from his point of view to hers and back again, and the writing throughout evoked such emotions that I almost felt as if these were my good friends telling me their story! I was almost brought to teas, but not always in a sad way. I felt SO much throughout this book, and I could not put it down!
While this book is part 1 of 2, I was very satisfied with the ending of this segment. Don't get me wrong; I will ABSOLUTELY read the next book, but I wouldn't necessarily classify this as a "cliffhanger," inasmuch as I would classify it as a story that could only keep getting better as more loose ends get tied up.
The topic of body image and self-acceptance appear to be very important to Leigh Carron, and she encourages women to accept themselves as they are, which is very refreshing.
Can’t wait for the next book!!!
***A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review***