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Mr. North by Callie Hart

Released November 16th, 2017 

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Blurb

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.

Captor.

Curator.

Lover.

Enigma.

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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Review

4 “electric” stars

“Open your eyes. Look at me. I want to see the moment you fall in love with me.”

Beth is trying to finish law school and getting ready to take the bar exam. The only problem is that she needs cash for tuition and her current library job isn’t cutting it. Beth’s friend Thalia tells her about an opportunity to make money by simply playing chess with someone wanting an opponent. Beth is quick to say no but when she learns who the client is she takes the job.

Raphael North is a philanthropist, businessman, womanizer, and one of the wealthiest men in the country. He is also the guy needing a companion. The guy who wants so much more than Beth could have ever imagined.

Mr North is a surprising and unique story with interesting characters and a plot full of twists. I really liked both Beth and Raph. Beth was amazing. Strong and confident, she gives as good as she gets. I love that she isn’t a pushover and has a backbone. She’s never gotten close to anyone because of the past experiences that shaped her and fear constantly rules her life. She wasn’t expecting Raph when she took the job but he ended up being a pivotal person in her life.

Raphael is eccentric and though he came off as cold in the beginning I knew it was a front. He’s private with crazy security and for good reason. He doesn’t let people in and has built walls around his heart. He is direct, honest, and it’s hot.

“The problem with me is that I’m never satisfied…”
“I’m not satisfied, Beth, because now I want
more.”

There were times he frustrated me and then there were times I totally swooned!

There will come a day when you see me the same way I see you, Beth. You’ll feel like your eyes are opening for the first time in many years. You’ll feel your heart stutter and slowly reawaken inside your chest. You’ll realize you’ve been asleep at the wheel for so long that you no longer know which direction you’re driving in. When you get to that point, you’ll realize that nothing and no one can come between us. No one can stop us from being magnificent if we refuse to let them. Trust me. Believe me. Give me a chance.

I loved the watching Beth and Raph’s relationship develop. Though their introduction is far from normal, I could see the connection they had. I loved watching them together as they continue to intrigue and challenge each other. Raph is perfect for Beth and is everything she didn’t know she needed. He could read her fears and helped set her free. There was a theme –

Spoiler

– introduced partway through the story that could have been developed and utilized more in the story. Once it was out there it was only a very small part of the story and I would have liked to see more of it.

I loved that we see a whole other side to Raph when Beth challenges him. We see how the consequences of his past affected him and I knew he was hiding something, I just didn’t know what. The suspense and mystery was well developed. There are turns the plot takes that were unexpected and left my heart racing, and as the pieces came together, they left me stunned. Overall, this story was captivating, addictive, and nerve wracking. It was something I didn’t see coming and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

*ARC generously provided by the author*

 


Excerpt

Raphael North stands on the other side of the abnormally thick glass. He’s dressed in a plain dark blue t-shirt, and a pair of washed out blue jeans. His feet are completely bare. His hair is even darker than it was in his picture, if that’s at all possible. Almost curly, too. It’s then that I realize it’s wet—he must have just gotten out of the shower. There are small dark patches on his t-shirt where water has obviously soaked through the material.

He turns those startling vivid green eyes on me and I’m breathless all over again. It feels like I’m tumbling over some steep cliff face, a weightless sensation turning my stomach over as I fall. Inside, I’m back to wanting to flee the building. Externally, I’m praying to deities of faiths and religions all over the world that I don’t look like I’m about to slump in an unconscious mess on the floor right in front of him. My top lip begins to twitch—something that only happens when I’m really, really anxious. Without thinking, I press my fingertips to my mouth, as if I can put a halt to the twitching by touch alone. A strange look passes over Raphael’s face. A slight movement at the corner of his mouth. I can’t decide if it’s displeasure or amusement. Either way, the reaction is fleeting, barely noticeable at all, and then his face is a blank mask again. He places his hand on a curved silver handle on the other side of the door, and then pulls it toward him, opening it. There are no barriers now. Nothing standing between myself and a man whispered and gossiped about by an entire city. Screw that, an entire nation. I’m in an enviable position right now, but I’d gladly thank the universe if the ground opened up and swallowed me whole.

The first words Raphael North speaks to me will haunt me until the day I die. He angles his head ever so slightly to one side, then says, “Your toenail polish is chipped, Ms. Dreymon.”
Lord have mercy. His voice is deep but soft. It has no hard edges, but at the same time his tone is overflowing with self-confidence and command.

“I’m sorry, I…wasn’t aware of your no-shoe policy.”

 

 


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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