“You think you know me. You think you want to know me. But trust me, Miss Lang. Pursuing me will be the worst mistake you ever make. I’m broken beyond repair…
…and I take great pleasure in breaking everyone else around me.”
Ophelia Lang needs money, and she needs it bad. Her parent’s restaurant is going under, and ever since she lost her job teaching third grade elementary, scraping enough cash together to pay the bills has proven almost impossible. Her parents are on the brink of losing their home. The vultures are circling overhead. So when Ophelia is offered an interview for a well-paid private tutoring gig in New York, how can she possibly say no?
Ronan Fletcher is far from the overweight, balding businessman Ophelia expected him to be. He’s young, handsome, and wealthy beyond all reason. He’s also perhaps the coldest, rudest person she’s ever met, and has a mean streak in him a mile and a half wide. A hundred grand is a lot of money, however, and if tolerating his frosty temperament, his erratic mood swings and whatever else he throws at her means she’ll get paid, then that is what Ophelia will do.
Her new boss is keeping secrets, though. Awful, terrible secrets.
The ghosts of Ronan Fletcher’s past are about to turn Ophelia’s future upside down, and she can’t even see it coming.
I love crying in the rain. Because when I do, no one can hear the pain. Or see the tears streaming down my face. -Unknown-
It has been a long time where I have felt so emotional about a book. It’s hard to put into words how I actually feel about this book. Got some real soul searchin’ going on here.
For the sake of keeping things under wrap in regards to the book I won’t be naming the characters let’s just go with the heroine and the Hero.
Our heroine needs a job after losing hers as a teacher she applies for a position to look after two young children. After the interview our heroine is actually unsure whether she wants the job or not but to save her family’s restaurant she takes it and moves out to Maine, to the Causeway.
Our heroine adapts to her life for the next six months but with that twist holy shite Ms. Hart I didn’t see that coming and it took a chunk of my heart right out combined with that letter? Well bugger me, I was slayed. It stayed that way for a long time during the book. Our heroine is tested in many ways and to each one she rises to the challenge. She is strong, kind, patient, courageous, and intelligent. Well you get my drift.
Our Hero is a whole different matter. He is ornery, a hermit, he is a shattered kaleidoscope a mess of a man who up to now has been happy with the life he has been leading. He is brutally honest, fearless and did I mention ornery?
“You’re looking pretty gray. Do you think you can be cordial for a couple of minutes while I check your temperature?” “Sure. As long as you don’t try to stick a thermometer up my ass.” “I promise that, that’s the very last thing I plan on doing.”
But realizing that he wants to be more and to be seen for whom he is.
“I’m not bored,” he said slowly, his voice low. “I haven’t been bored for a single second in your company, Lang. From day one you’ve intrigued me.”
And he owns the fact that he is broken, but aren’t we all in some way? Our Hero sacrificed a lot. Gave up on something that he thought would still be there and it backfired majorly. Sometimes things are unforgiveable. But for all his flaws he is a knight with tarnished and battered armour.
Our heroine doesn’t want to be attracted to the hero but in the end how can she not. All of his flaws
are what make him who he is and well I love him. But our heroine realizes that.
He was mint and strawberry, chocolate and pistachio all rolled into one.
Once our Hero stopped being ornery he became more than likeable.
“So don’t walk away for good. I get it if you have to walk away for now. But make sure you come back, okay? This isn’t done yet and you know it.”
Based in Maine on an island filled with mystery, eeriness, and wild, rugged with a gothic vibe and surrounded by a tightknit community this has the perfect setting. A setting with a story that is un-put-down-able that makes you question everything that you are reading.
Then there are more twists and turns to come that leave me devastated, heartbroken, empty and wishing that things could be different but then we wouldn’t have witnessed something so beautiful.
This is a story that spans over years, it is dark, painful, and gritty and effects everyone.
Oddly enough the author hit the exact balance when it came to there being humorous and bantering moments and when there was a seriousness to the book which is admirable because not everyone can get that balance right.
This whole book could have gone utterly epically and hopelessly wrong but all the factors that should have caused it worked in its favor.
That 5 star read was within finger grasping but I could never fully grab on to it. Which is a crying shame. The end felt rushed to some extent. I was missing depth to their relationship. There is one important fact that I thought they should have spoken about. It seemed to be important to me.